Heart Tests 

Our physicians use a number of tests to diagnose potential heart problems in infants, children and adolescents. These are performed in our state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization laboratory. In some cases, conditions can even be treated in the cath lab.

Fetal Echocardiogram - An ultrasound test performed during pregnancy to evaluate the heart of the unborn baby.

Echocardiogram - A noninvasive (the skin is not pierced) procedure used to assess the heart's function and structures.

Electrocardiogram (EKG) / Stress Test / Holter Monitor - A measurement of the electrical activity of the heart. By placing electrodes at specific locations on the body (chest, arms, and legs), a graphic representation, or tracing, of the electrical activity can be obtained.

Chest X-Ray, CT Scan or MRI - These imaging tests may be used to assess heart status (either directly or indirectly) by looking at the heart itself, as well as the lungs.

Diagnostic Catheterization - In a "cath" procedure, a very small catheter (hollow tube) is advanced from an artery or vein in the groin through the aorta into the heart. Once the catheter is in place, several diagnostic techniques may be used.

Interventional Catheterization - The cath procedure is the same, but the catheter can be used with instrumentation to treat some cases of congenital heart disease, such as patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), pulmonary stenosis, aortic stenosis, re-coarctation of the aorta, atrial septal defect (ASD), and ventricular septal defects (VSD). Development of additional interventional cardiac cath procedures to treat other conditions is continuing.

Electrophysiology (EP) Studies - This diagnostic test is used to determine if the patient has abnormal heart rhythms called arrhythmia.

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