From Our Hearts to Your Childís Heart . . .

An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is a painless, noninvasive test in which 13 electrode patches are placed on the skin of your childís arms, legs, and chest.† These electrode patches are connected to an electrocardiography machine which then displays the electrical activity of your childís heart.† An electrocardiogram can give information about heart rhythm, heart rate, heart size and structure, and heart function. An electrocardiogram study takes on average 5 to 10 minutes.

 

 

Heart monitors include the 24-hour Holter monitor and the 30-day event monitor.† Heart monitors record an electrocardiogram (the electrical rhythm of a patient).† A 24-hour Holter monitor is worn continuously for 24 hours during which the electrical rhythm of the patient is recorded continuously for 24 hours to evaluate the patientís heart rhythm, a patientís symptoms, and screen for electrical abnormalities.† A 30-day event monitor can be looping or non-looping.† On non-looping 30-day event monitor is kept with the patient for 30 days and used at times when† a patient experiences certain symptoms, to screen for possible electrical abnormalities.† A looping 30-day event monitor is worn continuously† by the patient for 30 days to capture certain symptoms and screen for possible electrical abnormalities.†

 

 

†A transthoracic echocardiogram is an ultrasound study which uses ultrasound waves to form images of the heart anatomy , including the heart valves, the blood vessels, and the heart muscle, and of blood flow in the heart.† These ultrasound waves are reflected by the heart walls and heart valves back to the ultrasound transducer, which then converts the ultrasound waves into an image.† An echocardiogram provides information about heart wall motion, heart anatomy, heart chamber size, heart valve movements, and blood flow in the heart.† Ultrasound gel is applied to the transducers and used to obtain images of heart. A transthoracic echocardiogram study takes on average 20 to 40 minutes to perform.†

 

 

A fetal echocardiogram is an ultrasound study which uses ultrasound waves to form images of the fetusí heart anatomy , including the heart valves, the blood vessels, and the heart muscle, and of blood flow in the heart.† These ultrasound waves are reflected by the fetal heart walls and heart valves back to the ultrasound transducer, which then converts the ultrasound waves into an image.† A fetal echocardiogram provides information about heart wall motion, heart anatomy, heart chamber size, heart rhythm, and blood flow in the heart.† Ultrasound gel is applied to the transducers and used to obtain images of the fetal heart over the motherís abdomen. A fetal echocardiogram study takes on average 60† minutes to perform.†

Heart-To-Heart Pediatric Cardiology

Sadaf A. Khan, M.D.

We perform several medical cardiac services, including history evaluations, physical examinations, a 15-lead electrocardiogram, use of heart monitors, Transthoracic echocardiograms, and fetal echocardiograms.