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Questions to Ask Your Cardiologist from the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association

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A newborn baby lays on its back and is hooked up to cardiac monitors at the Heart Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado.

“Do not be afraid to ask questions and repeat them as you feel necessary. You are your child's biggest advocate. Additionally, don't hesitate to seek a second and perhaps a third opinion if you feel necessary, especially if you are experiencing any mixed emotions.”
— Heart warrior mom

Receiving a diagnosis of a congenital heart defect (CHD) can be overwhelming. The Pediatric Congenital Heart Association, a parent-led organization created to serve as a voice for families affected by congenital heart disease, created their Guided Questions Tool to assist parents in gathering information and making care decisions during this difficult time. We’ve answered these questions as truthfully, transparently and thoughtfully as possible below. Feel free to reach out to your child’s cardiologist if you have additional questions or concerns.

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Answers from the Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado, January 2019