Heart Care Services
The latest technology, tests and procedures are available right here at the Heart & Vascular Center to quickly and accurately diagnose and treat any cardiac or vascular problem you may experience.
From a basic electrocardiogram to sophisticated CT scans, you can rest assured that our highly trained team has the experience and the tests needed to get to the bottom of the problem without delay.
Technology and Procedures
Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) – this simple test detects and records the electrical activity of your heart and it is used to identify and locate the source of the problem.
Heart Monitors – these devices record your heartbeat and are used to diagnose any potential heartbeat irregularities.
Tilt Table Test – this test is used to diagnose people with unexplained fainting spells or syncope.
Ultrasound Imaging – this noninvasive test uses ultrasound to create pictures of how well the blood is flowing through various vessels in your body.
Echocardiogram (Echo) – uses ultrasound (high-frequency sound waves) to take pictures of your heart’s chambers and valves.
Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE) – is a different application of an Echo. It sends sound waves to your heart through a small scope.
Stress Tests – there are many different types of stress tests. The purpose of each is to evaluate how your heart muscle is functioning, as well as how well blood is flowing to your heart.
Computer Tomography (CT) Scan – is an imaging technique that uses a computer and X-rays to reveal cross-sections or “slices” of areas of the body. The Dual Source CT scanner at Sacred Heart Hospital takes 128 “slices” or images of the body at once, resulting in crystal clear accuracy.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – uses harmless but powerful magnetic fields and radio waves to create detailed images of the blood vessels.
Angiography – uses an intravenous (IV) dye and X-rays to better visualize how blood is flowing through your blood vessels.
Cardiac Catheterization – this test is used to record your heart and blood vessels as they work in order to help diagnose any narrowing or blockage.
Peripheral and vascular angioplasty/stenting – this minimally invasive procedure is performed to improve blood flow to the arteries.