Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I expect the visit to be? What should I expect during a first visit?

Our goal is to provide a thorough evaluation for every patient. On average, the initial visit will last approximately 90 minutes, but can vary depending on the nature of the visit. Most initial visits will begin with assessment of vital signs and, as appropriate, an electrocardiogram (EKG). The patient and family will then meet with the physician, who will review the reason for the visit and past medical history, as well as perform a detailed cardiac examination as well as an assessment of other affected organs.

Depending on the history and physical exam, your child may have an echocardiogram performed and/or rhythm monitor issued during the first visit. Before leaving the office, we will discuss the findings from the evaluation and testing with you and determine a plan for treatment as needed, including timing of future visits.

Should I bring anything specific to my appointment?

Our office would appreciate any information that might make your visit the most efficient and beneficial for the patient and family. This may include:

  • Your insurance card, official government ID, and completed documents from our website.
  • Medical records from previous pediatric cardiology visits or other specialists, if applicable.
  • Contact information for your primary care provider and/or referring physician, specifically phone and fax number.
  • If the patient is an infant or toddler, consider bringing bottles, snacks, and/or a favorite toy for children who may need distraction during the evaluation.

Will any part of the evaluation at Pediatric Cardiology Care be painful or uncomfortable for my infant or child?

The testing in our office is non-invasive and safe, and should not be uncomfortable. There are no medications or injections given during the visit. The parent(s) or family member will accompany the patient throughout the visit, to help make the patient feel at ease.

What is a fetal echocardiogram (“Fetal Echo”)?

A fetal echocardiogram is a prenatal ultrasound test with a specific focus on the structure and function of the fetal heart. It uses the same ultrasound technology as other prenatal scanning examinations performed by obstetricians, perinatologists, and radiologists. The fetal echo is usually performed between 18-24 weeks gestation, but this test can also be performed later in pregnancy. At Pediatric Cardiology Care, patients will meet with the physician before and after the ultrasound to discuss the findings and plan of care.