Information for Patients and Families
Learning that your child may have a problem with their heart can be an emotional experience. We have put together some information that can help you learn more about what to expect.
Types of Clinic Visit
Wasatch Pediatric Cardiology offers different types of cardiology visits.
Pediatric Clinic Visit
After checking in with the front desk, an MA will obtain vitals and then ask several standard intake questions about your medical history.
Once completed, your cardiologist will review the data obtained and a more comprehensive history about the reason for evaluation, signs and symptoms, and pertinent history. A comprehensive cardiac examination will then be performed.
Depending on the reason for the clinic visit, testing such as pulse oximetry, ECG, and echocardiogram may be completed that day. At the end of visit, we discuss the assessment and diagnosis - as well as a plan for follow up if needed.
If additional imaging (such as a cardiac MRI or cardiac CT) or laboratory evaluation is required then these will be ordered and performed as an outpatient at a local hospital.
Fetal Clinic Visit
After checking in with the front desk and answering the intake questionnaire, you will be taken to the Fetal echocardiogram room. A complete fetal echocardiogram will be obtained to evaluate your fetus’ cardiac anatomy and cardiovascular status.
A complete fetal echocardiogram typically takes about 30-45 minutes. After the fetal echocardiogram is completed, Dr. Su will review your history and the images obtained - during this time fetal cardiac diagnosis will be discussed at length.
We will discuss all aspects of the fetal cardiac diagnosis - including impact on pregnancy, delivery and the cardiac plan after the baby is born.
If there is a congenital heart defect demonstrated, typically there are follow up visits scheduled.
While ideally a complete cardiac evaluation is performed in person, we realize that it is not always possible. Due to infectious issues (such as COVID-19) and/or geographic distance, we have the ability to have a virtual visit, or a telemedicine visit.
These visits allow for interaction with your cardiologist via a video conference. Your cardiologist will l be able to review all intake questions with you. Unfortunately, the physical exam will be limited due to the nature of the visit.
Based on the assessment and diagnosis, additional testing may need to be done. A visit to the office may be required to have the testing completed.
In addition to a complete history and physical examination, your pediatric cardiologist may include the following testing to better evaluate and manage your child's condition.
ECG - electrocardiogram
Cardiac monitor - 2 weeks/1 month
Cardiac MRI and Cardiac MRA
Cardiac catheterization - diagnostic and interventional
Cardiac electrophysiology - diagnostic and interventional
Below are just some of the conditions that pediatric cardiologists evaluate and manage.
All types of congenital heart disease in the neonate, infant, child, and adult
Fetal cardiac evaluation
Acquired heart disease - such as Kawaski disease, rheumatic heart disease
Aortopathy - diseases of the aorta, including Marfan syndrome, Ehlers Danlos, Loeys Dietz, etc
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