At Newport Harbor Cardiology, we offer the following tests and procedures for our pediatric caridology patients. Many of these can be performed at the time of your visit in our office. When needed, we use hospital outpatient or inpatient service for more sophisticated pediatric cardiology tests and procedures.
Comprehensive Cardiac Consultation
Pre Participation Sports Physicals/Athletic Cardiac Screening
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the most common cause of sudden cardiac death in an athlete. This lethal outcome can be prevented by early detection.
At Newport Harbor Cardiology we are passionate about screening athletes for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. We are committed to providing a comprehensive athletic screening program which would enable them to participate in strenuous sporting activities with peace of mind. It would also allow us to detect any other cardiac disorders that could preclude participation in competitive sports.
Arrhythmia Diagnosis and Management
Fetal Cardiac Diagnosis and Management
At Newport Harbor Cardiology we work closely with your obstetrician and perinatologist to assist in the management of your child. We have extensive experience with all forms of complex congenital heart disease. This includes prenatal detection of hypoplastic left heart syndrome, single ventricle, transposition of the great arteries, atrioventricular canal defect, tetralogy of Fallot, pulmonary valve atresia, and other congenital heart lesions. We also detect heart rhythm disorders in the fetus such as supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) and congenital complete atrioventricular block and provide appropriate management.
We provide informative and compassionate counseling to you and your family. When necessary, we can arrange for further consultation with a congenital heart surgeon.
Cholesterol Screening and Education
POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) Diagnosis and Management
POTS is a form of orthostatic intolerance, with the development of symptoms that come on when standing up from a reclining position, and that may be relieved by sitting or lying back down. The primary symptom of an orthostatic intolerance is lightheadedness, fainting, and an uncomfortable, rapid increase in heartbeat.
Heart rate and blood pressure work together to keep the blood flowing at a healthy pace, no matter what position the body is in. People with POTS cannot coordinate the balancing act of blood vessel squeeze and heart rate response. This means the blood pressure cannot be kept steady and stable.
Each case of POTS is different. POTS patients may see symptoms come and go over a period of years. In most cases, with proper adjustments in diet, medications and physical activity, a person with POTS will see an improvement in quality of life. Also, if an underlying cause is found and is treated, POTS symptoms may subside.
We provide comprehensive counselling and care to treat patients with diagnosis of POTS.
Noninvasive Diagnostic Cardiology Services
Treadmill Stress Test
A fetal echocardiogram is a detailed study of the heart of a developing fetus. Your doctor may request a fetal echocardiogram for a number of different reasons. These may include suspicion of a congenital heart defect, a family history of congenital heart disease, or certain conditions in the mother which may predispose to heart disease such as diabetes or phenylketonuria. A fetal echocardiogram can usually be performed successfully after 18 weeks gestation, occasionally sooner.
Your fetal echocardiogram will be performed in a private room by our physician. Once the study is complete, the doctor will spend as much time as is necessary reviewing the results with you and providing in-depth counseling. We understand that this can be an extremely stressful time for you. Our physician and office staff will treat you with compassion and understanding and will work hard to make your visit as informative as possible.
Cardiac Event Monitoring
24 Hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
Ambulatory blood pressure (ABP) monitoring involves measuring blood pressure (BP) at regular intervals (usually every 20–30 minutes) over a 24 hour period while patients undergo normal daily activities, including sleep. The portable monitor is worn on a belt connected to a standard cuff on the upper arm and uses an oscillometric technique to detect systolic, diastolic and mean BP as well as heart rate.When complete, the device is connected to a computer that prepares a report of the 24 hour, day time, night time, and sleep and awake (if recorded) average systolic and diastolic BP and heart rate. It is especially useful in cases of s uspected white-coat hypertension, in patients with a high risk of future cardiovascular events (even if the clinic BP is normal), and in titrating antihypertensive therapy.
At Newport Harbor Cardiology we provide 24 hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, a service not often provided in an outpatient setting.