Category: “Common Heart Questions”

What is an EKG?

Most children who visit the cardiologist’s office will have several tests done to evaluate the heart. One test typically performed is called an EKG or an ECG, both of which stand for electrocardiogram. While most parents understand that this is a quick test that evaluates the heart, many people do not actually...

Vasovagal syncope

Your child has recently had an episode of fainting, and your pediatrician has decided that they should be evaluated by a cardiologist. While there are many causes for fainting, or syncope, one of the most important to rule out is a malfunction of the heart. Luckily, in an otherwise healthy child, heart related...

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...