What can I expect at my child's visit?

When you arrive to MGHfC

  • After you check in, a nurse or medical assistant will check your child’s vital signs (height, weight, blood pressure, temperature and oxygen).

Meeting the pediatric cardiologist

  • The pediatric cardiologist will ask you and your child about any past symptoms or medical concerns.
  • The doctor will also listen to your child’s heart and do a full physical exam.

Tests during the visit

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG) test. This test helps the care team learn more about your child’s heart beat and how it works. This test does not hurt.
  • Echocardiogram (echo). Not everyone needs an echo. This test uses ultrasound waves to make pictures of your child’s heart.
  • You will receive any tests results on the same day as the test.

After the visit

  • Depending on the test results and your child’ physical exam, they might need more tests after the first appointment.
  • Treatment depends on what the doctor finds in the test results.

Rev. 11/2017. MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Massachusetts General Hospital do not endorse any of the brands listed on this handout. This handout is intended to provide health information so that you can be better informed. It is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to treatment of any medical conditions.