Heart disease diagnostic methods
If you or your pediatrician suspects your child has a heart condition, you want to understand it quickly and get started on a treatment path that will improve your child’s health.
The board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians at Norton Children’s are skilled at pinpointing the diagnosis — often before your baby is born.
Their experience, paired with state-of-the-art technology in locations around Kentucky and Southern Indiana, mean you can get an accurate diagnosis and follow-up care without having to travel too far from home.
If your child’s heart requires treatment, you’ll be working with specialists and an institute that the Society of Thoracic Surgeons has rated among the best in the region.
Norton Children’s Heart Institute diagnostic tools
The specialists at Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the University of Louisville, use specialized ultrasound equipment to examine your baby’s heart while you’re pregnant. We conduct fetal echocardiograms at six locations in Ashland, Lexington, Louisville, Owensboro and Paducah to examine the structure of your baby’s heart.
If your child is showing symptoms of heart trouble after birth, we offer echocardiogram tests at 28 sites in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. The test results are transmitted to the pediatric cardiologists at Norton Children’s Heart Institute in Louisville for immediate evaluation.
Depending on the location, staff at our tele-echocardiogram locations can conduct fetal echocardiograms, pediatric transthoracic echocardiograms and other tests.
If your child needs ongoing care, our cardiologists are available at Norton Children’s Heart Institute locations in Louisville, as well as our 15 outreach clinics, including four Norton Children’s Hospital Outpatient Centers located in Bowling Green, Frankfort, Owensboro and Paducah.
Norton Children’s Heart Institute has a complete range of equipment designed specifically for pediatric patients. The result is a precise diagnosis and thorough plan for treating your child.
The specialists at Norton Children’s Heart Institute are prepared to diagnose a full range of heart diseases with the following pediatric technology:
- 3D echocardiography
- Computerized tomography (CT) angiogram
- Chest X-ray
- Heart catheterization
- ECMO heart-lung bypass support
- Event monitor
- Exercise testing
- Fetal echocardiogram
- Genetic testing
- Holter monitor
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Why Norton Children’s Heart Institute?
Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the University of Louisville, is a comprehensive pediatric heart surgery, heart failure and heart transplant program serving Kentucky, Southern Indiana and beyond.
The goal of the full-service Norton Children’s Heart Institute is to provide care for the child and the whole family. Our specialists are prepared to repair even the most complex congenital and acquired heart conditions.
Our heart team includes:
- Pediatric cardiothoracic surgeons
- Pediatric transplant surgeons
- Pediatric cardiologists
- Fetal cardiologists
- Adult congenital heart cardiologists
- Heart failure/heart transplant cardiologists
- Pediatric electrophysiologists
- Pediatric cardiac catheterization cardiologists
- Pediatric cardiovascular anesthesiologists
- Pediatric intensive care physicians
- Cardiac critical care nurses
- Critical care pharmacists
- Family support team
- Child life specialists
- Rehabilitation specialists
- Social workers
Norton Children’s Heart Institute
Call for an appointment
Some of the most frequently asked questions pediatricians hear from new parents are about health insurance. Below are some tips to help you establish insurance while making sure your baby’s medical needs are met in […]Read Full Story
Start a holiday tradition with your family at the 30th annual Festival of Trees & Lights, Nov. 15 to 17. Marvel at the hundreds of beautifully decorated trees, wreaths and décor items — all of […]Read Full Story
In Eli Alexander’s 23 months of life, he has overcome a congenital heart defect with the help of a heart transplant. His family has taken to comparing his strength and bravery to an elephant’s. It […]Read Full Story
Nicole Pendino has a courageous son. In fact, his nickname is “Courageous Clay.” Many members of his hometown community in Bowling Green, Kentucky, have rallied around him over the past 12 years. In 2017 when […]Read Full Story