What to Expect from the ATS HeartCheck
The ATS Heart Check is a series of three tests that are used to help in diagnosing structural heart defects and electrical disturbances. We utilize blood pressure, electrocardiogram (ECG), and an echocardiogram (heart ultrasound) to aid in diagnosing youth for heart abnormalities.
We bring our cardiac screening services on-site, to the organizations facility, and provide a portable clinic for privacy and smooth flow of testing. We offer online pre-registration, appointment scheduling, and payment of the parent’s portion through the ATS website.
After all of the data has been captured, all exams are then sent for interpretation by Board Certified cardiologists, either adult or pediatric, based on the age of the individual being screened. Final result reports are generated by the cardiologists and returned via email to the participant, as well as sent to their personal physician as requested. If any abnormalities are identified, the participant is instructed in the report and by phone contact with ATS to seek further care from their personal physician.
The first test step of your child's screening includes taking their blood pressure and performing an ECG. The ECG allows us to analyze the electrical function of the heart. There are 2 primary abnormalities that can be detected by the ECG, Wolff Parkinsons White Syndrome and Long QT Syndrome.
The second part of the screening is an echocardiogram. The echocardiogram provides both still and motion images, allowing our cardiologists the ability to see the structural function of the heart. The echocardiogram allows us to analyze chamber sizes, wall thickness, all valve function, blood flow as well as the aortic root and coronary arteries. According to Mayo Clinic, the echocardiogram is considered the "Gold Standard" in evaluating the structure of the heart.