What to Expect
The easiest way to detect heart involvement in connective tissue disorders and to check for disease progression is with a heart ultrasound (echocardiogram). We perform this painless test in our accredited echocardiography laboratory. When more information is needed, we offer additional cardiac imaging techniques, such as computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Our specialists can provide long-term monitoring and care for your child or young adult, or provide a second opinion regarding diagnosis and treatment.
Once a family member is identified with a connective tissue disorder, we recommend screening all first-degree relatives (such as siblings) for the disease, with either echocardiography or genetic testing if the patient has a known genetic mutation.