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Children's Hospital Foundation Heart Center

Non-invasive testing and advanced cardiac imaging to help diagnose your child’s heart problem

Non-invasive imaging and testing for heart care

Did you know that congenital heart disease affects 1% of all births in the United States per year? Heart disease is also the leading cause of infant deaths associated with birth-defects. With advancements in care and access to state-of-the-art technology, there are now more adults living with congenital heart disease than children.

At CHoR, we have access to the latest technology to assist in both diagnosis and treatment, an important part of our mission to focus on non-invasive testing and cardiac imaging approaches. Our faculty and technologists make it a priority to stay ahead of technologies and continued education, as our field continues to advance at a neck-breaking speed.

Pediatric non-invasive testing and cardiac imaging services offered at our clinics

Signs your child may need cardiac testing:

  • If your newborn has low oxygen saturation.
  • Your pediatrician hears a heart murmur or has concerns about his/her heart.
  • Your child has high blood pressure.
  • Your child is falling off the growth curve.
  • Your child has a hard time keeping up with other kids when they are running or playing hard.
  • Your child’s lips look blue or purple.
  • Your child has chest pains or palpitations, especially during exercise.
  • Your child fainted during exercise.
  • Your family has a history of heart disease in children or young adults.

What is a normal heart rate for children and when should a parent be concerned?

Your child's heart rate will vary depending on their age and activity. At rest, the heart rate will be lower than if they were running, for example. According to the American Heart Association, the following are normal ranges for children at rest:

  • Newborns to 3 months of age range from 85 to 200 beats per minute , with an average heartbeat of 140 beats per minute.
  • 3 months to 2 year olds range from 100 to 190 beats per minute
  • 2 to 10 year olds range from 60 to 140 beats per minute
  • Older than 10 years of age range from 60 to 100 beats per minute

Telemedicine appointments allow us to work with you to care for your child’s heart at home

Our children’s heart center provides cardiac monitoring services and interpretation via telemedicine appointments.

For example, we can monitor your child’s EKG outside the hospital using transtelephonic EKG monitoring (a monitor your child will where for 30 days to track their heart’s rhythm), Holter monitors (another small, wearable device that will allow us to keep track of your child’s heart rhythm),  event recorder tests (a battery powered device you can control to tape record your child’s EKG), pacemakers or defibrillators.

Services are provided to community hospitals in Richmond, Newport News and Fredericksburg.



Meet the team

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Kerri A Carter, MD
Kerri Carter MD Cardiology
Congenital heart disease
Fetal cardiology
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Scott D Gullquist, MD
Scott Gullquist MD Cardiology
Congenital heart disease
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Michael Hainstock, MD
Michael Hainstock MD Cardiology Read more
Bradford R McQuilkin, MD
Bradford McQuilkin MD Cardiology
Congenital heart disease
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Andrew Reittinger, MD
Andrew Reittinger MD Cardiology Read more
Christopher Snyder, MD
Christopher Snyder MD Cardiology
Congenital heart disease
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Alexis Stevens
Alexis Stevens Cardiology Read more


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