The technical term for a specialized sonogram of a baby’s heart before they are born is a fetal echocardiogram (fetal echo). This type of examination is usually performed for the first time at 20-24 weeks gestation. As is true with any test, before you have a fetal echo it is important to understand what it can and cannot diagnose.

Most children who visit the cardiologist’s office will have several tests done to evaluate the heart. One test typically performed is called an EKG or an ECG, both of which stand for electrocardiogram. While most parents understand that this is a quick test that evaluates the heart, many people do not actually understand what the doctors are actually testing. What IS an EKG?

An EKG, ECG or electrocardiogram is a recording of the electrical activity in the heart. Our heartbeats are created by an electrical signal that begins in one part of our heart and then moves through special conducting cells which carry the electrical signal to the heart muscle and cause it to contract. This contraction is a heartbeat and the electrical signal is creating the heart rhythm. In a normal heart rhythm, each heartbeat, or contraction, is generated by a new electrical signal.

Many families who deal with congenital heart disease in their children often feel quite isolated. After all, with only 1.2 out of every 100 babies afflicted with some form of CHD, it is easy to think that you are alone in your battle. Fortunately, incredible support groups such as Amazing Little Hearts bring families together, and introduce them to the fact that they are not alone!

It is also fun (and surprising) to reveal how many celebrities and public figures also deal with congenital heart disease. One of the most famous athletes for Team USA, Shaun White, has won many gold medals in Olympic snowboarding and skateboarding, all while being born with Tetralogy of Fallot!

Your child has recently had an episode of fainting, and your pediatrician has decided that they should be evaluated by a cardiologist. While there are many causes for fainting, or syncope, one of the most important to rule out is a malfunction of the heart. Luckily, in an otherwise healthy child, heart related causes of fainting are extremely uncommon. In fact, in most cases, after a visit to the cardiologist, parents and children are told that the reason for the dizziness and fainting is vasovagal syncope. But what exactly is vasovagal syncope?

When your child is diagnosed with a heart problem it is very concerning. Understanding all you can about their condition is important to alleviate stress and anxiety. It is also important to understand the medications your child might take for a heart condition. One of these medications is called Lasix.

Lasix is a in a category of medications called a Loop Diuretic. The proper medical name is Furosemide, but the common name is Lasix. This name comes from the fact that the medication’s maximum effect lasts six hours. Lasix causes the kidney to excrete more fluid/urine. This helps remove extra fluid from the body. This action can be of great benefit to a child with a heart problem.

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