Young Child’s First VisitAugust 16, 2012
Learn about our Single Ventricle Monitoring ProgramApril 6, 2013
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)
♥ chest pain
♥ electrocardiogram (EKG) or echocardiogram (echo) results requiring further analysis/evaluation
♥ clearance for participation in a sport
♥ family history of congenital heart disease
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-minute test does not hurt; 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. Note: girls wear a gown for this test and are not exposed.
- 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. We need to obtain the clearest images possible so please advise your child that they will need to be still for this test. Note: girls wear a gown for this test and are not exposed.
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. Further evaluation, if necessary, will be determined at that time.
TIP: Boys and girls may want to wear shirts that open in the front with buttons for ease of exams and tests. Gowns are offered for female patients; they are available for male patients as well.