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A pediatric cardiologist consultation is typically requested by your primary physician when he or she determines that your child may have a heart condition or cardiac related illness. This may also include situations when you feel you want a second opinion or your regular physician suggests the same.
Many times a parent or family member may hear about our services and want to schedule an appointment or “Self-Refer” themselves or a family member. This is also accepted and we will assist with any needed authorizations from your insurance or primary care office.
A pediatric cardiologist is a doctor that specializes in diagnosing and treating heart conditions. These conditions include those a infant is born with or “congenital cardiac defects: (CHD) which are fully explained in the Patient Education Library.
Your Primary Care doctor may hear a “Heart Murmur” which is very common and you should not worry. However sometimes “murmurs” can be an undetected congenital defect or “Hole in the Heart” .
Your Pediatric Cardiologist is also experienced at Preventive Cardiology screening and detection of early “Cardiovascular Risk Factors” which are personal health conditions that may place you at risk for more serious heart disease. These include: Obesity, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure or Type II Diabetes. You are also at increased CV risk if you have a family member with one of these conditions or especially someone who died before age 55 years old of a Heart Attack, Stroke or other complications of Type II Diabetes scu as Kidney Failure.
Your child, your older family member or yourself while visiting us will complete a full personal and family medical history, and have a complete initial pediatric/adult cardiology consultation. This starts with taking “Vital Signs” including Height, Weight, Body Mass Index (BMI), Blood Pressure in two arms and sometimes a finger stick for spot labs (sugar and cholesterol). You or they will have a chance to talk to the doctor and tell him what your concerns are. He will complete a physical examination, review your labs and personal and family history and any patient records you may have brought. This will help the doctor decide if any other diagnostic testing is needed such as an echocardiogram.
After all tests are complete, your cardiologist will sit with you , explain any abnormal findings you, your child or family member may have, answer all your questions and help you understand the treatment options, the risks involved and what preventive steps you may take to reduce your chances of heart disease.
An echocardiogram is not an X Ray and does not use radiation but uses Sound Waves which are not harmful. The “Echo” as we call it allows us to see your heart’s chambers and valves and make a good assessment of heart function and size. From this your cardiologist can identify any heart disease that is affecting the pumping of blood through your heart. An echocardiogram also uses electrodes (wires that don’t shock) connected to the patient to monitor the heart rhythm. An Echo is ultrasound technology just like that used to see a baby that allows us to directly observe the heart in your body and use “Color Doppler” to assess flows of blood moving through your heart. An echocardiogram can help your doctor diagnose heart conditions.
Fetal echocardiography, or Fetal echocardiogram, is the name of the test used to diagnose cardiac conditions in the fetal stage. Using the same Echo machine we use on a patient’s chest, we can place the Echo “transducer” (wand) on the women’s abdomen and see the baby, the baby’s heart anatomy, function and rhythm. Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) are amongst the most common birth defects and occur in 10-11 Live Births for Every 1000 LBs. Many are not serious, serious and life threatening CHD is rare and usually picked up early.
Exercise Stress Test
A cardiac Exercise Stress test is a cardiological test that you perform standing on a treadmill and start by walking and gradually increase your speed and incline until you get tired or have symptoms. The “EST” measures the heart’s ability to respond to external stress in a controlled clinical environment. The stress response is used to evaluate rhythm disorders or check someone’s cardio-aerobic fitness such as after surgery or in Obese patients.
Electrocardiography (EKG or ECG) is the machine where the nurse places 12 “Leads” and 12“Electrodes” (sticky things) around your chest wall that measures the electrical activity of the heart, also called an electrocardiogram. The EKG allows us to see how the electrical system of your heart is working.
24-hour Holter Monitor
Is a type of portable electrocardiogram (ECG). It records the electrical activity of the heart continuously over a longer period of time that may be from 24 hours to 7 Days depending on what the doctor wants to see. You wear this device at home, work or school under your shirt and in many cases it is small enough to be under your shirt and not noticed. Remember you just cannot get it wet! You may be asked to return to the office to discuss the results or use Telemedicine consultation to get them.
Cardiac Event Monitor
A cardiac event monitor is a device that allows you to record the electrical activity of your heart (ECG) at the moment you might be having symptoms. You carry it in your purse or backpack and pull it out when you feel the symptoms you were describing to the doctor. By placing the metal electrodes on your chest and pushing a button, you can record usually a 20 second tracing of your heart rate and then later transmit this to him by phone to be reviewed immediately.
This device is about the size of a smartphone and records your heart rate and rhythm. Cardiac event monitors are used when you need long-term monitoring of symptoms that occur less than daily. They are mostly given for 30 day