Services Provided

Heart Disease in Children

Adult Structural Heart Disease

Fetal Cardiology

Procedures Performed

Pediatric Echocardiography

Echocardiography (an echocardiogram, echo or heart ultrasound) is the procedure to generate moving images of the heart. It provides an in-depth assessment of various structural and functional attributes of the heart. Echocardiograms use high-frequency sound waves that are reflected off the surfaces of the heart to create a picture on a TV monitor. Images are generated by a transducer (like a microphone) which is placed on the chest with warmed gel. Two-dimensional, colour-enhanced images then appear on the screen.

2-D & 3-D TEE

Trans-oesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is an invasive procedure like endoscopy where a long slender probe (like a camera) is gradually introduced per-mouth and placed into the feeding tube behind the heart. This probe then emits sound waves that are then reflected from the heart to create an image on the monitor. Being very close to the heart TEE produces excellent images with enhanced resolution that often helps in delineating structures which would other-wise not be visible by an echocardiogram done from chest.

Fetal Echocardiography

Fetal Echocardiography is a relatively newer modality of obstetric investigation which have come into vogue over the past few years. An experienced fetal cardiologist scans the heart of the baby using special probes through the maternal abdomen. Congenital heart disease affects nearly 1-2 % of all fetuses. Incidence of serious heart disease is far higher compared to any other congenital defect or genetic syndrome like Down’s Syndrome. Thus it is essential to scan the fetal heart during pregnancy.

Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization

Cardiac catheterization is an invasive procedure of accessing the heart and major great arteries by passing catheters from various peripheral vessels. In the previous era the main purpose of cardiac catheterization was diagnostic angiography and imaging. In the present era it is used for both diagnostic and various types of interventional procedures in children.


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