Children's Hospital Colorado
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The Cardiomyopathy Program at Children's Hospital Colorado provides care for babies, children and young adults with heart muscle problems. This condition is called cardiomyopathy, and it can lead to heart failure.

We specialize in diagnosing and managing all forms of cardiomyopathy in children, including the three most common types of heart muscle disease: dilated, restrictive and hypertrophic cardiomyopathies. We also care for kids with a family history of congenital heart disease (heart defects present at birth) that can lead to problems with the heart muscle.

Why choose Children's Colorado for cardiomyopathy in children?

Our team of pediatric heart experts helps treat kids with cardiomyopathy and those with heart failure. We offer treatment options that are individualized for each child, with a strong emphasis on quality of life.

The Cardiomyopathy Program also plays a key role for infants and children in need of mechanical circulatory support, known as heart or heart-lung bypass machines. We utilize the most state-of-the-art devices used to support patients with end-stage heart failure. 

Screening and follow up for at-risk patients

For children with a family history of cardiomyopathy, we offer screening, consultation and long-term follow-up. Screening is also important for children with risk factors such as exposure to certain types of chemotherapy, neuromuscular or skeletal disorders and mitochondrial disease.

Collaboration to provide the best care

When patients suffering from heart failure need a transplant, our close relationship with the Heart Transplant Program enables a smooth and timely referral, which is critical when every minute counts. We also work closely with our electrophysiology (EP) colleagues, since heart rhythm abnormalities can be a problem in children with cardiomyopathy.

Caring for kids outside of the Heart Institute

Children with neuromuscular, metabolic, genetic and skeletal muscle disorders are also at risk for cardiomyopathy. That's why doctors from the Cardiomyopathy Program collaborate with many other subspecialties to offer comprehensive heart care to patients throughout the hospital.

Committed to research and constantly improving care

To help deliver the best possible treatment and outcomes for kids with cardiomyopathy, our team is actively involved in:

  • Researching how a child's heart adapts during heart failure 
  • Identifying novel treatment options that are specific to children
  • Clinical research on heart transplant outcomes
  • Investigating the response of a failing heart to certain medications
  • Participating and seeking out clinical trial opportunities for our patients

Equipping families with resources and education

We're here to support your family and make sure you have all the information to fully understand your child's heart disease. We'll share research advancements, conferences, clinical trial opportunities and treatment updates with your child and family. If you ever need more information, or just have a question, please ask – we're always here to provide resources for your family and world-class care for your child.

Learn about symptoms of cardiomyopathy in kids and your visit to the Heart Institute.

Children's Colorado Named Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation Accredited Center

We are officially an accredited center of care, named by the Children's Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF), a national nonprofit committed to improving the health outcomes and quality of life for children with cardiomyopathy. We received this recognition for consistent high-quality cardiac care and specialized disease management to children with cardiomyopathy.

This center accreditation is based on self-reported hospital data, which is evaluated on our volume of pediatric cardiomyopathy patients, the variety of services offered, the expertise in the treatment and management of cardiomyopathy in children, and affiliation with an academic research institution.

Learn more about CCF's Accredited Center of Care program.

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Get to know our pediatric experts.

Melanie Everitt, MD

Melanie Everitt, MD

Cardiology - Pediatric

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Jean Cavanaugh, PA-C

Jean Cavanaugh, PA-C

Physician Assistant

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Shelley Miyamoto, MD

Shelley Miyamoto, MD

Cardiology - Pediatric

Scott Auerbach, MD

Scott Auerbach, MD

Cardiology - Pediatric, Pediatrics

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