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Congenital Heart Disease

Alternate Names : Congenital Heart Defects

Congenital Heart Disease | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the disease diagnosed?

The physical exam usually makes the doctor suspect CHD. There are many tests that can help diagnose CHD. These include:

  • an EKG, which measures the electrical activity of the heart
  • a chest X-ray, which allows the doctor to see the size and position of the heart
  • an echocardiogram, which is a test that uses sound waves to see the beating heart. This test can check how well the heart is beating and also makes many heart defects visible.
  • a cardiac catheterization, which allows measurement of blood flow and pressure within the heart and great vessels

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    Congenital Heart Disease: Prevention & Expectations

    Author: Eric Berlin, MD
    Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
    Date Reviewed: 07/24/01

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