Children's Heart Center
At our outpatient clinic, the Children’s Heart Center, we provide superior, comprehensive family-centered treatment of congenital and acquired heart disease prenatally, in pediatric patients, and in young adults with congenital heart defects.
Our specialists evaluate and treat a full range of cardiac conditions, including:
- Heart murmurs
- Congenital heart defects
- Acquired pediatric heart problems
- Kawasaki disease
- Rheumatic fever
- Heart rhythm disorders
- Chest pain
- Congenital heart failure
- Heart transplantation
- Fetal heart disease
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Through referral, patients may receive complete diagnostic services in our echocardiography laboratory, exercise physiology laboratory and our Cardiac MRI Program.
The Mount Sinai Pediatric Echocardiography Laboratory is staffed by a team of specialists and is equipped with advanced technology that is used to obtain detailed information about the structure and function of the heart.
Specially trained ultrasound technologists, registered in pediatric echocardiography, perform the studies. A board-certified pediatric cardiologist who specializes in echocardiography supervises and interprets all pediatric studies the same day. The laboratory maintains a selection of children's videos to entertain the patients during their echocardiogram. For younger children, a dedicated nurse provides safe sedation to ensure a high-quality examination. In general, a complete echocardiogram takes about 45 minutes to perform.
Exercise Physiology Testing
Exercise stress testing, the noninvasive tool used to identify functional limits and heart problems, involves increasing the resistance on a stationary bicycle while the patient is exercising. The Exercise Laboratory evaluates:
- Cardiac and pulmonary functional capacity
- Symptoms and activity-related problems (fainting, chest pain, arrhythmias, etc.)
- Aerobic capacity and musculoskeletal conditioning
- Effect of medication on exercise performance
- Exercised-induced asthma