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Cardiac Procedures

Cardiac Testing

These tests are done to diagnose heart disease.
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG): A device that detects any changes in the heart.
  • Echocardiogram (ECHO): This is a test where ultrasound waves are used to view the heart. This gives the doctor information on the functioning of the valves of the heart.
  • 2-Dimensional Echocardiogram: Shows the actual shape and motion of the different heart structures.
  • Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE): A new and advanced method of imaging the heart structures with greater detail. It is performed with a small tube, which is swallowed by the patient. It is used to see the heart with sound waves from the inside out and allows for high-quality and high-resolution pictures of the heart in motion. It aids in the imaging of the heart in patients who cannot be imaged using standard echocardiogram because of lung disease or thick chest wall.
  • Nuclear Testing: Nuclear testing is used to determine blood flow of the heart during rest and stress conditions. It provides an excellent way of determining coronary blockages and the size and function of the heart.
  • Exercise Stress Testing: The exercise test monitors the reaction of the heart when it is stressed by exercise.
  • Holter Monitor: This is a continuous recording of a person's EKG, usually 24 hours of your usual day and night activities. It is especially useful in diagnosing abnormal heart rhythms.
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