Heart and Vascular Care

Diagnostic Procedures

All advanced techniques to diagnose cardiovascular disease are available through our Cardiovascular Services . Diagnostic tests are ordered by the physician, depending upon the patient's symptoms and medical history. Among the most common tests to diagnose heart disease are:

Echocardiogram – This test uses sound waves to take moving pictures of the heart. It is used to assess the pumping function of the heart and will show the doctor if there is heart disease or problems with the heart valves.

Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) – This test records the heart's electrical activity.

Holter Monitoring – This test records how your heart reacts during rest and activity over a 24-48 hour period while you wear a small portable tape recorder that has electrodes attached to your skin.

Nuclear Medicine – This test evaluates the cause of certain symptoms you may be having such as chest pain and/or shortness of breath.

Stress Testing – An exercise stress test or treadmill test is done to examine the heart's ability to function under physical stress and exercise. The results help diagnose heart disease, causes of chest pain and coronary artery disease.

More invasive procedures such as Catheterization or Electrophysiology Studies are also performed to diagnose heart disease.