Cardiology/Heart Disease 

Your Child’s Visit: What to Expect

We realize that a visit to a specialist with your child can be stressful. We will do everything we can to serve you promptly, thoroughly and with the thoughtfulness and compassion that you and your child deserve.

Here is what to expect during your visit:

Timing

There are many different aspects of a Pediatric Cardiology evaluation. An initial visit includes several steps and usually takes at least two hours.

Waiting Area

Upon arrival, our front desk staff will review your insurance information and also provide you with a questionnaire regarding your child’s medical history. Please review both sides completely. If an answer is “no” you can leave the area blank and if there is other information you would like to include, please feel free to add it anywhere on the page.

The Exam Room

You will be escorted to the exam room where your child’s height, weight, heart rate, blood pressure and an electrocardiogram (EKG) will be recorded. An EKG is a print-out of the heart rhythm, and is obtained with stickers placed on your child’s chest. We may also record the oxygen level in the blood. None of these tests cause pain or involve needles.

Students and Residents – Part of Our Team

During your visit, you may encounter a medical student, resident or pediatric cardiology fellow. We are proud to be a vital part of the training of tomorrow’s pediatricians and pediatric cardiologists at Weill Cornell Medical College. While these individuals may assist in gathering information about your child’s case, all decisions regarding the workup and management of your child’s condition will be made exclusively by your cardiologist. In general, we will not be looking in throats, ears, or performing portions of the physical exam that may be uncomfortable.

Echocardiogram

Depending on your child’s situation, he or she may require an echocardiogram. This is a specialized ultrasound examination of the heart. There are no known side effects and it is not painful. The echocardiogram will take anywhere from 20 minutes to one hour. There may be some wait before starting your child’s exam, since we have a limited number of machines to perform the test. We prefer to perform the echocardiogram on this same visit, rather than unnecessarily schedule the study for a later date, as is done in many other centers. A little extra time waiting for the echocardiogram may save you from having multiple visits back to our office.

After the technician completes the study, we will review it and report the results to you before you leave. Feel free to bring a favorite toy if you think that will facilitate the study (for infants, a bottle of breast milk or formula is often quite helpful).

Other Tests

Depending on the reason for your visit, and our conclusions, other tests may be needed. These studies will be scheduled at the first available opportunity that is convenient to your family, and the results conveyed to you by our cardiologists as soon as they are available.

Communication

Promptly after your visit, we will forward a full report to your child’s pediatrician. If at any time in the future you change physicians or need the results relayed to another provider, just contact our office and we will send the medical records.

Follow-Up

Should we determine that you require a follow-up visit, you can schedule an appointment by speaking with our front desk staff on the way out or call our office at your convenience.

If you have new questions after your visit or feel the need to discuss any aspect of your child’s care, please call us. We want you to understand and feel comfortable with all issues concerning your child’s cardiac health.

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Pediatric Cardiology Services
525 East 68th Street, F677
New York, NY 10065
Phone: (212) 746-3561

For office hours and staff information, view our medical practice page.