Non-Invasive Cardiac Testing
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Non-Invasive Cardiac Testing takes place in our Heart Station and includes:
- CALCIUM SCORING can identify potential heart disease in patients who are over 40 years of age, have high cholesterol, have hypertension or have a family history of heart disease.
- CARDIAC MRI provides detailed images of the heart without radiation to determine the type and level of heart disease. Cardiologists use this information to decide on a treatment plan.
- ECHOCARDIOGRAMS are non-invasive procedures that use the reflection of ultra-sound waves to allow doctors to see how the heart functions. The images produced by the ultra-sound waves can be viewed on a television monitor.
- ELECTROCARDIOGRAMS usually referred to as EKGs or ECGs, are graphs showing the electrical activity of the heart. This is a very common non-invasive procedure that helps doctors diagnose heart disease.
- HOLTER MONITORING is accomplished by wearing a small portable device which measures and records a patient’s heart activity during normal activity over a period of time, usually a day or several days. The device is worn 24 hours a day, is unobtrusive, and often clipped onto a patient’s belt or worn beneath regular clothes.
- STRESS TESTS measure a patient’s heart and lung activity while exercising, usually on a treadmill.
- TELEMETRY monitoring focuses on the electrical activity of your heart for an extended time. The recordings taken during this test will show your healthcare provider if there are problems with how your heart beats.