FREE PAEDIATRIC ECHO PROGRAM
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Sometimes, people living in rural and remote areas lack the basic health awareness of their families especially children. The symptoms of congenital heart disease might get overlooked and lead the child in a state of life threatening situations. Even if the parents observe the symptoms, the cost of the ECHO test is very high which they cannot afford and leaves them in a helpless and hopeless state. Our aim with the introduction of this program is to cater to these families, get their child avail free ECHO to reach a final diagnosis.
Echocardiogram in Children
An Echocardiography (An echocardiogram, echo or heart ultrasound) provides the pediatric cardiologist with moving images of your child's heart. It can let the doctor know how the heart is contracting and whether there are heart defects, such as holes within the heart or narrowed valves. Echocardiograms are done for many of the same reasons as electrocardiograms, providing additional information in diagnosing an enlarged heart, ischemia, pericarditis, valve disease and chest trauma. No radiation is involved, and the procedure can be performed on infants, children and adults to get information about how the heart is working. Echocardiograms use high-frequency sound waves that are reflected off the surfaces of the heart to create a picture on a TV monitor. Electrodes are placed on the chest to monitor the heart rhythm. Then, a transducer (which is like a microphone) is placed on the chest with warmed gel. Two-dimensional, color-enhanced images then appear on the screen. This echocardiogram is similar to those done on pregnant women to see the unborn baby (fetal echocardiogram). The echocardiogram is a non-invasive, pain-free procedure that is performed by a specially trained pediatric cardiologist. Echocardiography and Electrocardiogram and the children who come for free OPD consultations can avail these tests for free. The main aim of this program is to improve cardiac health in children and not let the defects go undiagnosed which would lead to threat to life of the child.