Cardiac Diagnostic Procedures
- Rest Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) is the simplest and most frequently performed test for the detection of heart disease or disorder, such as abnormal heart rate, enlargement or inadequate heart circulation.
- Treadmill Exercise Stress Test provides valuable information on the adequacy of blood and oxygen circulation of the heart during physical stress. The procedure may also reveal important abnormalities of heart rhythm and blood pressure.
- 24-Hour Ambulatory ECG (Holter) Monitoringis a 24-hour evaluation of the heart’s electrical activity. The test may uncover important heart rate/rhythm abnormalities or disturbance, or inadequacy of blood circulation to the heart during a patient’s usual activities.
- Two-Dimensional Echocardiography and Doppler Studies (2DEcho) is a highly accurate examination which reveals valuable information about the heart’s structure, which includes the valves, and function through the use of high frequency sound called ultrasound. The examination is completely safe and performed frequently even in children and pregnant women.
- 2DEchocardiogram with Contrast is a standard echocardiogram procedure which visualizes and detects the integrity of certain heart structures, particularly the heart valves, and abnormal communication within the heart called “shunts”.
- Exercise Stress Echocardiogram combines a standard treadmill stress and echocardiogram examination that is specifically indicated for detection of inadequacy of heart muscle function and blood circulation of the heart.
- Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM) is a method of recording regular blood pressure (BP) readings, usually over a 24- or 48-hour period as you go about your usual daily activities. An automatic blood pressure monitor is used, and you are asked to list down your activities and symptoms, if any, during the day.
- Pharmacological (Dobutamine) Stress Echocardiogram is an excellent alternative method for detection of heart ischemia for a patient who is physically incapable of treadmill exercise.
- Transesophageal Echocardiogram is an echocardiogram that better delineates and visualizes certain heart structures, such as abnormal or congenital heart shunts, integrity or malfunction of heart valves, or disruption or dissection of the wall of the adjoining large artery (called aorta) of the body.
- Tilt Table Test is used to investigate or determine the cause of syncope or loss of consciousness (fainting).