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Tests for Heart Defects

There are tests to determine the extent of a heart defect, and these will include a physical examination and possibly blood and urine tests. After reviewing the examinations and tests the heart specialist (cardiologist) will make recommendations about possible treatment and may want to see the child at regular intervals.

Chest X-ray

Provides information about the size and shape of the heart and the lungs.

Electrocardiogram

Electrical impulses generated by the heart beat are recorded on a graph.

Echocardiogram

High frequency sound waves create an image of the heart.

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