Echocardiogram in Maryland and NOVA
Using high-frequency soundwaves, echocardiograms provide valuable insights into the internal structure of the heart. This diagnostic tool generates cross-sectional images, enabling doctors to assess the functioning of the heart’s valves and chambers.
At the Children’s Heart Institute, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine our family-centered approach to medical care includes expert services from pediatric sub-specialists for non-cardiac issues, in addition to the care provided by our attending pediatric cardiologist. To learn more about the Echocardiogram tests we offer at our offices in Maryland and Virginia, or to schedule an appointment for your child, please call us today.
Echocardiograms are typically recommended if a doctor suspects any dysfunction in the heart’s valves or chambers.
Common conditions identified through echocardiograms
Valve disease: This occurs when one or more of the heart’s four valves are not functioning properly, affecting blood flow direction.
Myocardial disease: Often resulting from arterial blockages, this condition reduces blood flow to the heart.
Pericardial disease: Inflammation of the pericardium, the sac surrounding the heart, can cause friction against the heart.
Infective endocarditis: This involves an infection of the endocardium, the smooth membrane lining the heart’s chambers.
Cardiac masses: These growths, which can be cancerous or non-cancerous, attach to the heart and heart valves.
Different types of echocardiograms include:
Transthoracic Echocardiography: This common method uses a transducer to send soundwaves into the chest and create images of the heart.
Stress Echocardiography: This test evaluates heart pump efficiency by monitoring heart functionality during a stress test.
Doppler Echocardiography: This technique uses transduction technology to track the directional flow of blood in the heart and blood vessels.
Transesophageal Echocardiography: A sedated patient undergoes this test, which provides a clearer image of the heart by inserting a probe into the esophagus.
Fetal Echocardiography: This test views the heart of an unborn fetus, either through abdominal or endovaginal ultrasound.
Three-Dimensional Echocardiography: This diagnostic imaging technique creates a real-time, non-invasive model of the heart by combining images from multiple transducers.
To learn more about our echocardiogram services or to schedule an appointment for your child, contact the Children’s Heart Institute today.
Schedule an Echocardiogram in Maryland and Northern Virginia Today!
If your child has been diagnosed with a heart condition, or if you suspect they may have a heart issue, don’t wait to seek testing. The Children’s Heart Institute, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, offers comprehensive testing for pediatric heart conditions in Maryland and Northern Virginia. Our experienced team, including our pediatric cardiologists and pediatric sub-specialists, are equipped to provide the specialized care your child needs. Schedule your child’s appointment at one of our pediatric cardiology clinics in Maryland and NOVA and ensure they receive the expert care and support they deserve. Call now to schedule your appointment and take the first step towards better heart health for your child.