Pediatric Cardiology

Depend on the pediatric heart specialists at Essentia Health for comprehensive cardiac care. Our pediatric cardiologists are located in Duluth and Brainerd, Minnesota and Fargo, North Dakota.

What's a Pediatric Cardiologist?

A pediatric cardiologist is a pediatrician who has received extensive training in diagnosing and treating children's cardiac problems. Evaluation and treatment may begin with the fetus since heart problems can now be detected before birth.

Conditions Treated

See the full list of conditions we treat, and select a condition to find providers and locations near you.


Symptoms of Heart Problems

If your child has signs or symptoms of a heart condition, the pediatric cardiologists at Essentia can provide specialized testing and care. Symptoms of a heart condition in babies, children, or teenagers may include: 

  • Chest pain
  • Dizziness
  • Fast or pounding heartbeat
  • Passing out
  • Poor weight gain or growth
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tiredness

Diagnostic Testing

Your child may need diagnostic tests, such as an:

  • Echocardiogram, also called a heart ultrasound
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Exercise stress test

Congenital Heart Defects

During pregnancy, your OB-GYN may refer you to a pediatric cardiologist to screen your unborn baby for congenital heart defects (CHD). More Information

Feel confident the health care professionals at Essentia will provide support during your delivery and specialized care for your baby’s heart health.

Like Nowhere Else: Ryder's Story

A very strong little boy, Ryder, celebrates his first birthday after going through a cardiovascular event as an infant.

Like Nowhere Else: Ryder's Story Video Transcript

A toddler boy walks in a dining room, carrying a book made of fabric.

SPEAKER 1: When we were pregnant with Ryder, we found out fairly late in my pregnancy that Ryder had a heart condition. We had gone in for one of my regular checkups with my midwife, and on the little Doppler, we heard an irregular heartbeat. And we found out that he had a heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot.

She sits with him on the floor, pointing at buttons on a toy.

And it was one of those-- I think I pretty much just shut down. During that scan, that's when they found the murmur and the hole in his heart.

He pushes buttons on the toy as he stands up.

So I was completely caught off-guard and hadn't mentally prepared myself for that. But from there, it was really great working with the team at Essentia, because not only did my midwife circle back with me, the cardiologist, Dr. Rauser-Foltz got a hold of me right away and talked me through and asked if I had any questions, she had us come in and meet with her even though baby wasn't born yet, but she wanted to make sure that we got to meet her and were comfortable talking to her.

The lobby of a hospital, with desks on one side and elevators on the other. A hallway on one of the upper floors of the hospital, with chairs, desks, and a sign on the wall that reads, Women's Clinic.

From there, we went and had some additional scans just making sure that we had as much of a picture as we could prior to him being born, and we had the option of having Ryder down in the cities. We would have gone anywhere and done anything for him to make sure that it would gone as best as possible, and we wanted to stay in Fargo. We wanted to stay at Essentia because that is where our care team was at and where we felt comfortable. And after Ryder was born, Dr. Rauser-Foltz came in and again was really great about assuring us that we're doing everything we can, you don't need to be nervous about anything at this point. We did a scan and confirmed it was the Tetralogy of Fallot and that he would need surgery.

Ryder smiles as he clutches a stuffed animal and sits on the floor.

Her being so involved and so in touch with everything that was going on was also so comforting, to the point he was not feeling well and I had taken him into the walk-in clinic. And before I was even out of the parking lot at the South University Clinic, she had called me on the phone to check in and see, how are you doing? Do you have any questions? And just that involvement and that reassurance of you're doing everything right or this is what you can do to help him, but again, very involved and very comforting.

She reads the book to Ryder and another boy.

His surgery was the day after his six-month birthday. And he did so well with the surgery and did very well with recovery. So we got to celebrate Ryder's first birthday in December and it was such a joyous day, because there was so many unknowns and so many ups and downs in his first year.

Ryder walks away. She grabs the waist of his pants.

SPEAKER 2: Hey, where you going?

SPEAKER 1: Getting to see him walking around and playing. And what a little blessing and what an exciting day. It was quite the milestone to be able to get to and knowing that we have so many more ahead, but we made it through all of this. And that tough little guy is doing great he's keeping on keeping on.


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