How We Evaluate Your Child's Heart

We may use many different tests to evaluate your child's heart condition. Depending on your child's specific condition, he or she may need some or all of the following tests:

  • Angiography to see the blood vessels and chambers of the heart
  • Cardiac catheterization to help the physician decide the timing and the risk of a heart transplant, or determine if any other treatment options exist. We also use catheterization to perform a biopsy, taking a small sample of heart muscle to assess the health of your child's heart.
  • Chest x-ray
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan
  • Doppler ultrasound and echocardiogram
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Electrophysiology testing to assess electrical pathways in the hearts of children who may have arrhythmias
  • Exercise stress test
  • 24-hour Holter monitoring
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • MUGA scan to see heart function
  • Myocardial perfusion test to see how blood flows through the heart muscle
  • Pulmonary function test
  • Ventilation perfusion scan to measure air and blood flow in the lungs


NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

212-305-6575 Program for Pediatric Cardiomyopathy, Heart Failure, and Transplantation