Non-Invasive Cardiology Services
An electrocardiogram (also known as ECG or EKG) measures the electrical activity of the heart. An electrical impulse travels through the heart with each beat, which causes the muscle to squeeze and pump blood from the heart. An EKG is done to determine if the electrical activity of the heart is normal, slow, fast or irregular, or to determine if parts of the heart are too large or being overworked.
Stress tests are performed by attaching electrodes to the skin on the chest to record heart function while a patient walks on a treadmill. Heart rate, breathing, blood pressure and fatigue can be checked while exercising. Stress testing helps diagnose coronary artery disease, possible causes of chest pain, determines a safe level of exercise and can help predict dangerous heart-related conditions.
An echocardiography is a hand-held device that uses ultrasound to produce images of the heart’s size, structure and motion. It can provide information on the health of a patient’s heart and gather information about abnormal rhythms of the heart.
A transesophogeal echo, like a standard echocardiogram, produces an ultrasound image of your heart. A long tube with an ultrasound probe is placed in the patient’s esophagus to obtain a clearer image of the heart. It is often performed when a standard echo isn’t clear enough to make a diagnosis, or before heart surgery to aid the surgeon in treatment after surgery. It can also help a surgeon determine if a surgical procedure has been successful or if further repair is needed before leaving the operating room.
Tilt tests are typically performed on patients who experience frequent fainting spells. The test shows how the heart rate and blood pressure respond to a change in position, from lying down to standing up. The tilt table may start off in a horizontal position and be tilted by degrees to a completely vertical position.