Posts Tagged: cardiology

What is an EKG?

Often when a patient is referred to a cardiologist, an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is also required. But don’t worry, this test is not hard to do and it won’t hurt. So what is an EKG exactly? An EKG is a painless test that is used to record the heart’s electrical activity to look for…
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How my heart beats

The heart is a pump that is constantly beating to deliver blood through tubes (blood vessels) to all parts of the body. For the heart to be an effective pump, the heart’s “plumbing system” and “electrical system” must both work correctly. The plumbing system of the heart consists of: Tubes bringing blood to the heart…
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What to do when your child has palpitations

Just as it is often the case, children have their own unique ways of describing symptoms that we, adults, would commonly report as palpitations. A teenager may complain of “fluttering” in the chest or “heart racing,” while a 7-year-old may report his “heart is beeping fast.” A toddler or infant likely will say nothing at…
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My child has a heart murmur. What does that mean?

Imagine taking your 18-month-old child to see her pediatrician for her regular well-child visit. The doctor listens to her for an extended period of time looking somewhat concerned. He then turns to you and says, “Has anyone told you that your child has a heart murmur?” You tell him no, he then says, “We need…
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