After learning the detailed family and individual medical history, the following examinations will be performed, none of which are painful, and can be performed most effectively on a calm, cooperating child. Therefore, it can help a lot if children, especially the younger ones, come to the test relaxed (e.g. after sleep), with a full stomach and their favourite toy.
It is similar to a general paediatric examination, with particular emphasis on listening above the heart and palpating the pulses.
Blood oxygen saturation is measured with a fingertip device (pulse oximeter).
Blood pressure measurement and resting ECG
Blood pressure measurement and ECG are performed similarly to the examination of adults, but with devices sized for children.
Cardiac ultrasound is an imaging procedure in which the anatomy and functioning of the heart are examined painlessly and without damaging the body. The examination is usually performed in a supine position, but young children can also be examined by sitting on the parent’s lap. The calmness and cooperation of the child is especially important when it comes to this examination, therefore, we try to divert the attention of children with toys if necessary.
Today, it is also possible for children to have a 24-hour blood pressure measurement and a 24-hour ECG in their home, continuing their normal lifestyle.