Heart Institute

Heart Tests


Doctors can use many different tests to diagnose possible heart problems in children. These tests are also often used on an ongoing basis in follow-up care and serve as a foundation in the excellent heart care provided at Children's Hospital Colorado.

As a cardiac patient, your child will undoubtedly experience one or more heart tests. Take some of the worry out of your child's heart tests by learning more about each test and what you should expect.

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Chest X-ray
A chest x-ray is a non-invasive procedure that provides a picture of the heart, lungs and bones of the chest.


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CT Scan and MRI
A cardiac MRI is a test that uses a magnet to produce signals from the atoms within the body and then turns these signals into pictures of the body.
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Cardiac Catheterization
A "heart cath" is a minimally invasive procedure that gives doctors a better understanding of how each unique heart works.

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Echocardiogram
An echocardiogram (ECHO) is a non-invasive test that uses sound waves to create images of the heart.

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Electrocardiogram, Holter Monitor & Event Recorder
An electrocardiogram (EKG), Holter Monitor and event recorder are types of tests that record the electrical activity of the heart.
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Electrophysiology Study
An electrophysiology (EP) study is done in the Catheterization Lab to give more detailed information about the heart's electrical activity.

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Exercise Test
Exercise testing helps doctors evaluate the cardiopulmonary limitations of kids with heart or lung disease.

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Lab Tests
Laboratory testing, such as blood, sweat and glucose tolerance tests, can provide a closer look at the body's functions and processes.
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Tissue Biopsies
A heart tissue biopsy is a test in which a small piece of the heart muscle is taken and looked at under a microscope.

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