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 Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, are skilled at pinpointing the diagnosis — sometimes 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 use specialized ultrasound equipment to examine your baby’s heart while you’re pregnant. We conduct fetal echocardiograms at six sites within the cities of Ashland, Lexington, Louisville, Owensboro and Paducah, Kentucky — 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, Kentucky.

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:

Why Choose Norton Children’s Heart Institute

No other congenital heart surgery program in Kentucky, Ohio or Southern Indiana is rated higher by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons than the Norton Children’s Heart Institute Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery Program.

  • Norton Children’s Hospital has been a pioneer in pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, performing Kentucky’s first pediatric heart transplant in 1986 and becoming the second site in the United States to perform an infant heart transplant.
  • Our board-certified and fellowship-trained pediatric cardiovascular surgeons are leaders in the field as clinicians and researchers.
  • More than 5,000 children a year visit Norton Children’s Heart Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, for advanced heart care.
  • Norton Children’s Heart Institute successfully performs more than 17,500 procedures a year.
  • The Society of Thoracic Surgeons rated Norton Children’s Heart Institute among the best in the region after studying years of our patients’ outcomes and our ability to treat a range of pediatric heart conditions, including the most severe.
  • Norton Children’s Heart Institute has satellite outpatient offices in Ashland, Bowling Green, Campbellsville, Elizabethtown, Frankfort, London, Madisonville, Murray, Owensboro, Paducah and Shepherdsville in Kentucky; as well as Corydon, Jasper, Madison and Scottsburg in Indiana; 28 tele-echocardiography locations in Kentucky and Southern Indiana; and six fetal echocardiography locations across Kentucky.
  • The American Board of Thoracic Surgery has awarded the cardiothoracic surgeons at Norton Children’s Hospital with subspecialty certification in congenital heart surgery.
  • The Jennifer Lawrence Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) is the largest dedicated CICU in Kentucky, equipped with 17 private rooms and the newest technology available for heart care.
  • Our multidisciplinary approach to pediatric heart surgery brings together our specialists in cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology, anesthesiology, cardiac critical care and other areas to create a complete care plan tailored for your child.
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