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Blood tests to evaluate heart disease:

Children with congenital (present at birth) heart disease may have blood tests done to help the physician evaluate their illness, or to help monitor their health after surgery. These tests may include the following:

Another type of test that may be used to measure the amount of oxygen in the blood is pulse oximetry. To obtain this measurement, a small sensor (similar to an adhesive bandage) is taped onto a finger or toe. When the machine is on, a small red light can be seen in the sensor. The sensor is painless and the red light does not get hot.

Depending on the results of the blood tests, additional tests or procedures may be scheduled to gather further diagnostic information.

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