Young Child's First Visit
You were referred to our office after a visit with your child’s pediatrician or family doctor for further evaluation by a pediatric cardiologist. Common reasons for referrals include:
♥ heart murmurs
♥ syncope (fainting)
♥ electrocardiogram (EKG) or echocardiogram (echo) results requiring further analysis/evaluation
♥ clearance for participation in a sport
The physician may order a test during the visit to be completed here at Pediatric Cardiology Center of Oregon and the results to be reviewed before you leave the office. These tests may include:
- Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG): An electrocardiogram checks the electrical impulses of the child’s heart. This five-minutes test does not hurt and your child can sit on your lap during the exam if you wish. Stickers are placed on the arms, legs and chest and then attached to small clips. It is best if no lotion is put on the day of the appointment as this may prevent the stickers from adhering.
- Echocardiogram (echo): This test converts sound waves from the heart into digital images – much like the ultrasound an expectant mother would endure during pregnancy. This test is done here in our office and may take up to 20 or 30 minutes. You may be enlisted to assist in keeping your baby still as we need the clearest images possible for the best results.
Upon completion of the test the physician will sit down with you to discuss the results and answer any questions or concerns you may have.