More Diagnostic Testing

Heart

​More Diagnostic Testing

The Parkview Heart Institute offers many services to help in the diagnosis and treatment of specific heart conditions.

Cardiac rhythm testing

A monitor is used in diagnosing heart rhythm disturbances that may occur at times when you are going about your everyday activities. If wearing a monitor, your doctor will likely ask that you keep a written diary or log of your daily events and activities. The monitor allows doctors to relate those symptoms to actual variations in heart rhythms, providing them with further diagnostic information for determining the best course of treatment.

Cardiac stress testing

Commonly referred to as the stress test or treadmill test, the 45 minutes you spend in this form of testing allows your physician to evaluate the heart's response to increased activity. It is used in several ways to diagnose coronary artery disease, to monitor the progress of your treatment or as part of a routine physical exam.

Myoview perfusion testing

This test involves an injection of a small amount of radioactive material which circulates in the bloodstream and reveals if your heart muscle is receiving adequate blood supply under such conditions as stress or rest.

Echocardiography (Echo)

Also simply known as an “Echo,” this test uses ultrasound high-frequency sound waves ― to create medical images of the heart's chambers, valves, wall motion and blood flow patterns. This is commonly done by applying the ultrasound probe to the surface of the chest wall. In the case of a trans-esophegeal echo, an ultrasound probe may be gently guided down the patient's throat while he or she is sedated in order to image the patient's heart from inside the chest.

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