Category: “Common Heart Questions”

What is an echocardiogram?

If you have ever taken your child to the cardiologist, there is a good chance your child had a test called an echocardiogram performed. If they did, you may have wondered, what exactly is an echocardiogram and how does it work? An echocardiogram, or “echo” for short, is a non-invasive test that many...

Down Syndrome and Congenital Heart Disease

Down syndrome, or Trisomy 21, is a condition where extra genetic material causes mental and physical delays and deficits.  It affects around 1 in every 800 babies born in the United States.  The medical problems associated with Down syndrome can vary widely; while some children require complex medical...

The Fetal Echocardiogram: What is it and who needs it?

A fetal echocardiogram is a detailed ultrasound of the baby’s heart performed before the baby is born.  It is a more comprehensive evaluation of the heart than what is done during the typical obstetrical ultrasound.  A fetal echocardiogram can evaluate both the structure and function of the...

Congenital Heart Disease and Winter Illnesses

As we continue to experience the wonderful “arctic freeze” that is Dallas/Fort Worth, everyone is hearing of the dreaded flu outbreak that is coursing across the entire nation.  As you read this article, physicians like us at PHS are getting emails about hospitals “at capacity”, and...