iHeart Pediatrics

Pediatric Cardiologist located in Old Bridge, NJ

Echocardiography is an invaluable, noninvasive way of diagnosing heart problems in children. If your child has symptoms of a cardiac condition, expert pediatric cardiologist Laura Boulos, DO, at iHeart Pediatrics in Old Bridge, New Jersey, can help. Dr. Boulos can perform a comprehensive echocardiogram on site for children of all ages. Find out more by calling iHeart Pediatrics or book an appointment online today.

Echocardiography Q & A

What is echocardiography?

Echocardiography is a diagnostic technology Dr. Boulos uses to view the way your child's heart works. It's an ultrasound test that produces live images of your child's heart through the use of sound waves.

The ultrasound machine has a handpiece called a transducer that sends out sound waves into the tissues of your child's chest. When the sound waves hit the heart, they echo (bounce back) to the transducer, which relays the information to the computer software.

The software translates the echoes into moving images that show Dr. Boulos a clear view of the structure and anatomy of your child's heart and how well it's functioning.

Why might an echocardiogram be necessary for my child?

An echocardiogram is the test Dr. Boulos uses most often to diagnose heart disease in children. Therefore, your child may need to undergo an echocardiogram if they have symptoms that might indicate a heart condition. These symptoms may include but are not limited to:

  • Cyanosis
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Syncope (fainting)
  • Fast or abnormal heart rates 

Dr. Boulos also uses pediatric echocardiography to identify any heart problems that may have been present since birth (congenital). iHeart Pediatrics provides pediatric echocardiograms from infancy into late adolescence. 

Dr. Boulos has the experience and depth of knowledge to diagnose a comprehensive range of cardiac conditions, both congenital and acquired.

Will an echocardiogriam be painful for my child?

Echocardiography is noninvasive and not painful. . Dr. Boulos puts a slippery gel on your child's chest that helps the transducer glide smoothly before passing it across their skin. 

Dr. Boulos performs the echocardiograms in her office and walks you through the images as she conducts the test. Your inclusion in the process is reassuring for your child and enables you to gain a clear understanding of what the test reveals.

An echocardiographic examination is a detailed test, so it may take 20-40 minutes to complete. Dr. Boulos can discuss the test results and what they mean for your child during and immediately after the procedure.

If you have any concerns about your child needing an echocardiogram, call iHeart Pediatrics today or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.