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There are many ways you can help children and their families get the care they need.
At Boston Children’s Hospital, we know that the first step in treating your child is forming an accurate, complete and timely diagnosis.
If your newborn is exhibiting signs and symptoms that suggest a congenital heart defect, your pediatrician will refer you to a pediatric cardiologist, who will perform a physical examination. Your cardiologist will listen to your baby’s heart and lungs, measure the oxygen level in his blood (non-invasively) and make other observations that help to determine the diagnosis.
Your cardiologist will also investigate whether your baby has a heart murmur—a noise heard through the stethoscope that’s caused by the turbulence of blood flow. The location in the chest where the murmur is best heard, as well as the sound and character of the murmur itself, will give the cardiologist an initial idea of the kind of heart problem your baby may have.
Some combination (not necessarily all) of the following medical tests will also used to diagnose AV canal and its associated defects:
Note: If, during your pregnancy, a routine prenatal ultrasound or other signs raise your obstetrician’s suspicion of a congenital heart defect in the fetus, a cardiac ultrasound (described in the paragraph above) of the baby in utero will usually be the next step. The cardiac ultrasound—focusing exclusively on the baby’s heart—can usually detect whether a congenital heart defect is present.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”