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Diagnosing and Evaluating Heart Disease in Children

Diagnosing and evaluating heart disease in infants, children and adolescents can be a complex process which requires special training not only in interpreting the results of testing, but also in working with and building trusting relationships with pediatric patients and their families.

The Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC takes a family-centered care approach to make diagnostic testing and hospital visits and stays easier for our young patients and their families. We know that families play an integral role in a child's sense of well-being, so our professionals work as a team with patients and families to get the most accurate results from testing so that doctors can make the most accurate diagnoses.

Among the most routinely ordered tests for diagnosing and evaluating heart disease are:

  • Blood tests
  • Cardiac Catheterizations
  • Cardiac MRI
  • Chest X-ray
  • CT Scan
  • Echocardiogram (Echo)
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG or EKG)
  • Electrophysiology Assessments and Intervention
  • Exercise Physiology Assessments
  • Fetal Cardiology Assessments
  • Heart Biopsy
  • Holter and Event Monitoring
  • Newborn Screening for CHD
  • Physical Examination
  • Preventive Cardiology/Lipids Assessment
  • Pulse Oximetry
  • Tilt Table Test
  • Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE)
  • Ultrafast/Electron Beam CT Scan


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Last Update
October 4, 2012
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