To help determine if a patient has heart disease , the severity of the disease and the appropriate treatment options, St. Joseph’s Hospital Heart Institute offers many non-invasive diagnostic procedures, including:
- ECG/EKG – a recording of the electrical activity of the heart used to determine whether or not a heart attack has occurred, what part of the heart may be damaged, an irregular heart beat or rhythm and if there is a decreased supply of blood or oxygen to the heart.
- Stress testing – includes both treadmill and a combination of treadmill and Dobutamine stress echocardiography testing. With echocardiography testing, ultrasound images of the heart are evaluated at the same time. Dobutamine is a drug administered in place of treadmill testing for patients who are unable to exercise. It increases the heart rate and blood pressure to help diagnose and evaluate coronary artery disease.
Holter monitoring – continuous, 24-hour electrocardiographic monitoring of the heart’s rhythm.
30-day event monitoring – continuous, 30-day electrocardiographic monitoring of the heart’s rhythm to help determine the cause of dizziness, palpitations, syncopal (fainting) episodes, etc.
Tilt table testing – used to help rule out cardiac disease in patients with fainting.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call the Healthy Heart Center today at (813) 644-4322.