Advances in diagnosis and treatment have allowed babies with congenital heart disease to survive well into adulthood, with some CHD conditions remaining undetected beyond adolescents.
Our cardiac imaging and radiology experts know that the best treatment for congenital heart disease (CHD) begins with an accurate diagnosis. We perform a series of tests in order to properly evaluate your heart to give you a definitive result. Our diagnostic services include:
Echocardiograms are tests that use sound waves to study the anatomy and function of the heart and its valves.
Intracardiac Echocardiography (ICE)
ICE studies are echocardiograms that are performed inside the heart through the use of thin tubes (catheters). These tests show the internal structure of the heart and vessels.
Electrocardiography (ECG or EKG)
Electrocardiograms are noninvasive tests that study the electrical function of the heart. We offer all types of ECGs, including exercise stress tests and 24-hour Holter monitoring.
Angiograms are commonly used to assess blood flow in and around the heart and through blood vessels. The test involves the use of thin tubes (catheters) to inject a safe substance into the heart. This dye can be seen with an x-ray.
Nuclear Imaging Tests
Nuclear tests involve the use of a small amount of safe dye that is injected into a vein. A special camera is used to detect the dye and record any damage to the heart’s muscle.
Electrophysiology/Cardiac Catheterization Tests
Electrophysiology tests are used to evaluate the heart for heart rhythm problems, called arrhythmias.
Testing for Inherited Cardiovascular Diseases
Our Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic provides comprehensive diagnostic, treatment and genetic counseling services for families that may have or be at risk for inherited cardiovascular disease. Some congenital heart defects are caused by gene mutations that may present a risk to other relatives, including children.
Advanced Imaging with Cardiac MRI and CT Ccan
At UChicago Medicine Heart and Vascular Imaging Center, our patients have access to the latest cardiac CT and MRI technology and the advanced expertise of our cardiologists and radiologists who interpret the those results.
For general questions about our adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) program, please contact us at 773-702-7777.
Congenital Heart Resources
At Comer Children's, we treat heart disease from birth through childhood and into adulthood.
You can request a second opinion with one of our cardiologists or a cardiac surgeon.
Telemedicine at UChicago Medicine
For your convenience and safety, we offer secure and easy virtual visits for most non-urgent visit types. Our care providers can assess your symptoms, make a diagnosis, recommend treatment and send prescriptions to your pharmacy.
Whether you are facing a complex health issue or difficult treatment decision, getting a second opinion can help you make an informed decision about your care. Get an online second opinion from one of our experts without having to leave home.
Request an Appointment
You can also make an appointment with our providers by:
– Scheduling a virtual video visit to see a provider from the comfort of your home
– Requesting an online second opinion from our specialists
– Filling out an online questionnaire (e-visit) to get a same-day diagnosis and treatment for common conditions.
To speak to someone directly, please call 1-888-824-0200. If you have symptoms of an urgent nature, please call your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately.
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