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Dr. Amelia Alias
MD (UKM), MRCPCH (UK), CCT Paediatric Cardiology (Malaysia)
Fellowship Paediatric Cardiology (BCH, UK)
Dr. Amelia graduated from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in 2000 and was awarded membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in 2008. She then attended fellowship in Paediatric Cardiology at Hospital Sultanah Aminah, Institut Jantung Negara and Birmingham Children Hospital, United Kingdom. She completed the fellowship training in 2014.
What is the role of a Paediatric Cardiologist?
A paediatric cardiologist is a medical specialist who focuses on diagnosing, treating, and managing heart conditions in infants, children, and adolescents. Their role involves performing physical exams, ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests such as echocardiograms and electrocardiograms, prescribing medications, and developing treatment plans for a variety of heart conditions including congenital heart defects, arrhythmias, and cardiomyopathies. They work closely with other medical professionals such as cardiac surgeons, anesthesiologists, and intensivists to provide the best possible care for their young patients.
Paediatric cardiologists also do ultrasonography for pregnant mothers to assess the baby’s cardiac structures. This is called fetal echocardiogram. This procedure allows the detection of cardiac abnormalities in the fetus and ensures an optimal management plan after delivery to ensure good cardiac outcomes for babies.
When do you need to see a Paediatric Cardiologist?
If your child is experiencing any signs or symptoms of heart disease, you may need to see a consultant paediatric cardiologist as soon as possible to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment. These specialists are trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of heart conditions in children, from mild issues to complex and life-threatening conditions. Here are some of the concerns for your child that may require a visit to a paediatric cardiologist:
- Congenital heart defects (heart problems present at birth)
- Heart murmurs (abnormal sounds heard during a heartbeat)
- Cyanosis (blue or purple discolouration of the skin or lips due to lack of oxygen)
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Rapid heartbeat (tachycardia) or slow heartbeat (bradycardia)
- Fainting or loss of consciousness
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias)
- Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or wheezing
- Family history of heart disease