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Telemedicine visits allow families to meet with specialists from the Heart Institute at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in the comfort of their own homes. Many follow-up appointments don't require travel to the hospital.
This means many families already seeing a pediatric heart specialist can take advantage of online visits.
Pediatric heart specialists offer follow-up appointments, preventive care, and monitoring through telemedicine. Online visits connect doctors and families to manage conditions such as:
Heart Institute patients who are away at school or who receive lab work elsewhere can still follow up with a UPMC Children's specialist. Online visits provide a way to review labs and imaging results and provide ongoing recommendations.
Video chats are a unique opportunity for patients, parents, and doctors to manage care. Diet and exercise are an important part of managing lipid disorders.
After receiving a diagnosis of a lipid disorder, patients have an initial visit with a doctor. During this visit you review the condition, basics about cholesterol, and lifestyle changes. Next, you'll have a more in-depth visit to discuss lifestyle changes in detail.
Through use of video chats, doctors have more insight into patients' homes and can make tailored recommendations. The doctor can make diet suggestions based on what's already in the pantry. Or they can recommend exercises after seeing the patient's available space.
Making major lifestyle changes or dealing with an ongoing heart condition is emotional. Telehealth lets children and their parents meet with doctors in a safe, comfortable space.
Other benefits of telehealth include:
Telemedicine at the Heart Institute is ideal for patients in good overall health who need regular follow up. This includes patients with:
People with symptoms related to congenital heart disease should make an in-person appointment at the Heart Institute. Likewise, patients referred by a pediatrician because of a concern during an appointment should get seen in person.
Patients schedule their visits through the myCHP portal. All video visits occur through the portal. Your doctor can share test results and recommendations through the platform as well. If you don't have access to myCHP, your doctor can set up a virtual visit through other means.
During a visit, the doctor reviews necessary medical information and next steps. He or she sends paperwork, instructions and follow-up lab results through the portal.
Doctors can send Holter monitors or other monitors to your home if you need more monitoring. Then, the online visit follows up with results and recommendations.
Manage your child's ongoing heart health by scheduling a video visit today.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
With myCHP, you can request appointments, review test results, and more.
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