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Pediatric Cardiac Testing
The following tests are used to diagnose pediatric heart problems.

Pediatric Echocardiography
Mostly used on children with suspected congenital heart defects, disease or genetic syndromes, critically ill children with suspected cardiac dysfunction, or children who have already undergone cardiac surgery.

Fetal Echocardiography
Allows diagnosis of cardiac problems in unborn fetuses. This is usually used when certain risk factors are present such as diabetes in the mother, Rh sensitization, or alcohol or drug consumption during pregnancy. The technology is also used on unborn babies whose families have a history of heart disease and genetic syndromes.

Pediatric Transesophageal Echocardiography
Used as an alternative to invasive procedures. It allows the doctor to view, monitor, and assess cardiac function through the esophagus as an alternative to cardiac catheterization.


Tilt Up Table Test
This test is used to test for syncope (fainting) in a patient.

This test commonly referred to as EKG.

A diagnostic tool to identify irregular or fast heartbeats called arrhythmia. Both non-invasive (EKG, Holter monitoring, medicine) and invasive (pacemaker, electrophysiology studies) techniques are available.

Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiac Procedures
Includes balloon angioplasty, balloon valvotomy, and coil occlusion of ductous arteriosus and stent placement. These can be alternatives to cardiac surgery.

Exercise Testing
This is particularly valuable to children who participate in sports. We can evaluate the way a child's body responds to exercise. Oxygen supply and demand levels, provocation of irregular heartbeats, chest pain and aerobic power are a few things that are examined.

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