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We found 3 pediatric cardiologists who accept Humana Simplicity HMO near Wheat Ridge, CO.

Dr. Michael Stuart Schaffer, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
3455 Lutheran Parkway; Suite 230
Wheat Ridge, CO
 

Dr. Michael Schaffer's specialty is pediatric cardiology. Clinical interests for Dr. Schaffer include arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats). His professional affiliations include Children's Hospital Colorado, Centura Health, and the University Physicians. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Minnesota Medical School and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado Denver. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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Clinical interests: Heart Problems, Arrhythmias

Dr. Elizabeth Yeung, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
3455 Lutheran Parkway; Suite 230
Wheat Ridge, CO
 

Dr. Elizabeth Yeung's area of specialization is pediatric cardiology. She takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Yeung's education and training includes medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Children's Hospital Colorado, Centura Health, and the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH).

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Clinical interests: Congenital Heart Disease

Dr. Jeffrey Robert Darst, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Cardiology
3455 Lutheran Parkway; Suite 230
Wheat Ridge, CO
 

Dr. Jeffrey Darst's area of specialization is pediatric cardiology. He is affiliated with Children's Hospital Colorado, Lutheran Hospital, and the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH). Dr. Darst attended the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Oregon Health & Science University. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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Clinical interests: Congenital Heart Disease, Anxiety, Pulmonary Hypertension, Mental Health Issues

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What is Pediatric Cardiology?

Pediatric cardiologists are doctors who specialize in children’s heart problems. Their patients may range in age from unborn babies still in the womb to teenagers, and in some cases even adults. The main difference between pediatric cardiology and adult cardiology is not only that pediatric cardiologists treat younger patients. Pediatric cardiologists are much more likely to treat heart problems that are congenital, meaning a patient is born with them.

Due to the advances of modern medicine, babies who are born with congenital heart disorders are more likely than ever to survive into adulthood. In certain cases, pediatric cardiologists continue to provide care for these adult patients, because their training and experience gives them particular insight to the kind of heart problems these adult survivors have.

Other than congenital heart disease, pediatric cardiologists also treat:
  • Hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Chest pain
  • Murmurs or palpitations
  • Infections of the heart
  • Valve disorders
  • Cardiomyopathy, or problems with the heart muscle
  • Arrhythmia, or irregular heart beats
  • Congestive heart failure

A pediatric cardiologist often uses tests called echocardiograms and electrocardiograms (EKG) to examine the structure and activity of the heart. Once a diagnosis is made, treatment may involve lifestyle changes, catheterization (where a thin tube is threaded through a blood vessel to the heart to open blockages or provide further information), or surgery.