Diagnostic Testing Available at St. Mary's
St. Mary's Heart Institute offers a complete range of diagnostic tests to determine if you have heart disease, determine a plan of care and to see how your disease is progressing.
Here's a list of some of the diagnostic tests and evaluations available at St. Mary's:
Catheterization - A diagnostic procedure in which a tiny, hollow tube (catheter) is inserted into an artery in the leg or arm in order to determine the location and severity of blockages.
Echocardiography - This test uses sound waves to produce a study of the motion of the heart's chambers and valves.
Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) - A routine test that records the electrical activity of the heart, shows abnormal rhythms (arrhythmias or dysrhythmias), and enlargement or damage to the heart muscle. To watch the video, click here (link to video).
Electrophysiology Studies - Insulated electric catheters are placed inside the heart to study and treat disorders involving the heart's electrical system.
Exercise Stress Tests (Treadmill Tests) - A test that is given while you walk on a treadmill to see if exercise brings on changes to the ECG.
Holter Monitor - A small, portable, battery-powered ECG machine worn by a patient to record ECGs on tape over a period of 24-48 hours. At the end of the time period, the monitor is returned to the doctor's office so the tape can be read and evaluated.
Transesophageal Echocardiography - Like standard echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography uses sound waves to produce an image of the heart. But unlike standard echocardiography, the sound waves are sent through a tube-like device that is put in the mouth and passed down the throat into the esophagus.
Tilt Table Test - A test designed to evaluate how your body regulates blood pressure in response to some very simple stresses. Your blood pressure and heart rate are monitored as you lie flat on a table. The table is then tilted to raise the upper part of your body. The changing angle puts stress on the part of your nervous system that regulates your heart rate and blood pressure.