Diagnostic Services for Adults with Congenital Heart Disease
The best treatment for congenital heart disease begins with a thorough diagnosis. The University of Chicago Medicine offers several types of tests to evaluate heart problems.
Some of the diagnostic services offered for congenital heart disease include:
Echocardiograms are tests that use sound waves to study the anatomy and function of the heart and its valves. »Learn more about echocardiography
Intracardiac Echocardiography (ICE)
ICE studies are echocardiograms that are performed inside the heart through the use of thin tubes (catheters). These tests show the internal structure of the heart and vessels.
Electrocardiography (ECG or EKG)
Electrocardiograms are noninvasive tests that study the electrical function of the heart. We offer all types of ECGs, including exercise stress tests and 24-hour Holter monitoring.
Angiograms are commonly used to assess blood flow in and around the heart and through blood vessels. The test involves the use of thin tubes (catheters) to inject a safe substance into the heart. This dye can be seen with an X-ray.
Nuclear Imaging Tests
Nuclear tests involve the use of a small amount of safe dye that is injected into a vein. A special camera is used to detect the dye and record any damage to the heart’s muscle. »Learn more about nuclear cardiology
Electrophysiology tests are used to evaluate the heart for heart rhythm problems, called arrhythmias.
Testing for Inherited Cardiovascular Diseases
The Cardiovascular Genetics Clinic provides comprehensive diagnostic, treatment and genetic counseling services for families that may have or be at risk for inherited cardiovascular disease. Some congenital heart defects are caused by gene mutations that may present a risk to other relatives, including children.