Diagnostic Cardiac Services

ECG (EKG)

The electrocardiogram amplifies and records the tiny electrical signal which your heart makes with each beat. A simple but very useful tool.

Echocardiogram

A test that uses sound waves that takes pictures of the heart valves and chambers, identifying abnormal structures and function.

Echocardiogram with a Bubble Study

An ultrasound of the heart with the addition of agitated saline looking for abnormalities in the chambers of the heart. These abnormalities could include: PFO (Patent Foramen Ovale), Atrial Septal Defect (ASD), Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) or congenital anomalies.

Stress Testing

We offer a variety of stress tests. The specific test depends on your physical condition and various other medical factors.

Regular Exercise (treadmill) Stress Test

Used to test the effects of exercise on your heart. While you exercise the activity of your heart is measured and your blood pressure readings are taken. This looks at your endurance and any blood pressure or EKG changes.

Stress Echocardiogram

A treadmill stress test combined with an echocardiogram immediately after exercise. This can detect abnormalities in the blood flow to the heart.

Nuclear Stress Test

Treadmill performed with a nuclear (isotope)scan pre and post exercise. This test provides accurate information about blood flow to the heart muscle and heart function. This test takes approximately 2-1/2 hours to complete.

Pharmacologic Stress Testing

If you are unable to exercise or walk on the treadmill a chemical stress test can be performed. Using Lexiscan® or dobutamine, as the chemical, mimics exercise for those who are unable or should not exercise. Scans are then compared for evidence of poor coronary blood flow.

Holter Monitor

A device used to record every heart beat in a 24 hour period. This is very helpful in determining the cause for palpitations, lightheadedness, or fainting spells, and for evaluating a response to medication.

Event Monitor

This is a 30 day monitor similar to the Holter monitor, only they are worn and monitored for 30 days. This monitor is beneficial to identify issues that are sporadic and difficult to identify during a 24 hour period.

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