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Cardiology Clinic

About us

The Cardiac Clinic specializes in the diagnosis and follow-up of children with congenital or acquired cardiac disease from birth to 18 years of age. The clinic sees approximately 10,000 patient visits per year, including those who require surgery, have genetic or metabolic disorders with cardiac complications or have cardiac defects that require ongoing medical management.

Contact us

You can reach us at 416-813-7654 ext. 205848.

Clinic/registration location

The first thing to do is register at the Cardiology Clinic on Unit 4A, located on the 4th floor of the hospital’s Atrium wing.

When you register, a SickKids identification (ID) band will be placed on your child. The band must be worn on your child's arm or ankle at all times. Check your child's ID band to make sure the information is correct. If your child is not wearing a band or has the wrong one, it can lead to errors that can result in the wrong care for your child. Staff must always check the band before providing care to your child. Your child must keep the band on at all times while at SickKids.

If you or your child are sick before your appointment

Call the clinic if you or your child have had a cold, cough, diarrhea, fever or rash within two days of your appointment, or have been sick with or exposed to chicken pox in the last three weeks. Your appointment may need to be rescheduled. 

Tell the clerk, nurse or doctor if your child has been in a hospital outside of Canada within the last 12 months. 

If you cannot come to your child’s appointment, it is important that you call the clinic as soon as possible to cancel and reschedule.

Be on time

Please ensure you arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to allow for time to register, unless you are told otherwise.  

If you are late, you may have to wait for other patients to be seen first. Allow lots of time to get to the hospital. It can take some time to get used to finding your way around and it is important to be on time for your child’s appointment. Staff will try to see your child as close to your appointment time as possible. Please understand that some patients being seen ahead of you may need more time than expected, and this can cause delay for others.

Bring the following

  • You must show valid health-care coverage at every visit. If you do not, you will be required to pay a fee for the visit, unless coverage or insurance can be verified.

Proof of health-care coverage must be valid at the time of visit (not expired).

    • If you live in Ontario, show your child’s valid Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) card.
    • If you live in another province, show your child’s provincial health-care card.
    • If you are a refugee claimant, show your child’s Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) certificate.
    • If you have private health insurance, show the appropriate information or documentation.
    • If you are receiving support from a Community Health Centre (CHC), show a letter from the CHC.
  • Your appointment card or letter
  • Toys, books, nut-free snacks, diapers and formula to keep your child comfortable and occupied in case there is a wait
  • Any medical information, such as referral letters, test results, information about current therapies, X-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds or CT scans
  • All medications your child is currently taking (in original packaging), including alternative and complementary treatments

Important pre-appointment instructions

Stress Test:

Please ensure that your child has had a good breakfast or lunch, at least one hour prior to the test, and please make sure they have comfortable clothes and running shoes on.

Lipid Clinic:

Please ensure that your child has fasted for 12 hours prior to the clinic visit. Please remember that blood work must be completed one hour prior to the clinic visit. You must register at the Cardiology Clinic first in order to receive your blood work requisition.

Kawasaki Clinic:

Please remember that blood work must be completed one hour prior to the clinic visit. No fasting is required. You must register at the Cardiology Clinic first in order to receive your blood work requisition.

Sedation Echo:

If your child is scheduled to have an echo under sedation please note that you will receive a call approximately 1 week prior to the appointment to review the eating and drinking instructions to prepare for sedation.  If you haven’t received these instructions please call 416-813-7336 and your call will be directed accordingly.

Try not to bring other children to the appointment

If other children must come, please consider taking them to the Play Park during your visit. The Play Park is a free, fun and safe place for brothers and sisters of patients to play. It is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 11:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. It is located on the Main Floor of the Atrium, next to the parking elevators. All children over 2 ½ years of age are welcome. Trained staff and volunteers will watch your children carefully. You do not need to book in advance to use the Play Park. The Play Park number is 416-813-8884.

Latex allergy

Call the clinic before coming to the hospital if your child or anyone coming with them has a known or suspected allergy to latex.

Accessibility

All visitor entrances on the Main Floor are wheelchair accessible. SickKids has several wheelchair-accessible washrooms on the Main Floor. Both male and female washrooms in the Atrium have large change tables where children and teens can have diapers changed. There is another private wheelchair-accessible washroom with a large change table on the Service Floor of the Black Wing in Room S213, across the hall from Rehabilitation Services. Wheelchairs are available near the Atrium and University Avenue entrances.

Assistance dogs for children or parents with disabilities are allowed at SickKids. Please make sure they are clean and have up-to-date immunizations.

Interpreter Services

If you need an interpreter, please call the clinic before your appointment so we can arrange for an interpreter. There is no charge for an interpreter. Please give us at least 24 to 48 hours' notice to make it easier for us to find an interpreter for you.

What to expect during your visit

Although we try to see our patients in a timely manner, please expect that your cardiac tests and visit to our clinic will take several hours. Patients and families can expect to meet a variety of friendly health-care professionals and administrative staff to direct and answer questions throughout their visit. Depending on the nature of the visit, you may expect to meet: administrative staff, medical technicians, clinical nurses, nurse practitioners, dietitians, social workers, physiotherapists, consulting services, and our team of cardiologists, just to name a few. 

 Patients may be required to complete a series of tests based upon the nature of their clinical visit. For example: an ECG, echocardiogram, 24hr or 48hr Holter monitor, stress test, pulmonary function test, telephone transmitter monitor etc. Our professional staff and technicians will work with you between your tests and clinic visit.  

Quality patient care is our top priority. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have, as we remain committed to supporting you as a patient and family member.