Reasons to See Us
The most common reasons your child would be referred to our office is for the evaluation of a heart murmur or because your primary care physician suspects a possible heart problem. It is important to stress "heart murmur" is not a diagnosis, but simply means an extra sound coming from the heart. Most heart murmurs in children are normal.
Other reasons for referral may include:
- All forms of congenital heart diseases, such as atrial septal defect (ASD), ventricular septal defect (VSD), tetralogy of Fallot (TOF), and transposition of the great arteries/vessels (TGA/TGV)
- Disorders of lipid metabolism, such as high cholesterol and/or high triglycerides
- All acquired heart diseases, such as Kawasaki disease, rheumatic fever, myocarditis, and pericarditis
- All heart rhythm problems, such as supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), ventricular tachycardia (VT), and heart block
To better understand how a normal heart works, please refer to our explanation of the structure and function of a normal heart.