A fetal echocardiogram is a detailed study of the heart of a developing fetus. Your doctor may request a fetal echocardiogram for a number of different reasons. These may include suspicion of a congenital heart defect, a family history of congenital heart disease, or certain conditions in the mother which may predispose to heart disease such as diabetes or phenylketonuria. A fetal echocardiogram can usually be performed successfully after 18 weeks gestation, occasionally sooner.

An ambulatory blood pressure monitor is a small, portable device that records an individual’s blood pressure at variable intervals over a 24-48 hour time period. It is useful in the evaluation and treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure). Our office is equipped with ambulatory blood pressure monitors to allow for a thorough assessment of your child’s health.

A cardiac event monitor is a small, portable device that can be used to record a patient’s heart rhythm during symptoms such as palpitations or chest pain. Typically cardiac event monitoring is used in situations where a patient's symptoms may be relatively infrequent. Our office generally provides cardiac event monitoring for a time period of at least one month.

An arrhythmia is an electrical disturbance of the heart. Common arrhythmias in pediatric patients include premature ventricular or atrial contractions, as well as supraventricular tachycardia (SVT). All of our physicians are experts in the diagnosis and management of pediatric arrhythmias.

Risk factors for the developement of atherosclerosis and premature coronary artery disease include hyperlipidemia, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, cigarette smoking, and a family history of early heart disease. Our physicians are happy to provide you with assistance in screening for risk factors, as well as provide counseling for those patients in whom an increased risk is identified.

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