• Non-Invasive Cardiac Testing

  • Evaluating Cardiac Conditions

    The Cardiovascular Care Team at St. Anthony North Health Campus evaluates and treats each patient who presents with signs of cardiac distress.

    Some of the non-invasive procedures are performed to evaluate various cardiac conditions from coronary artery disease, heart arrhythmias to valve disease. Tests include:

    • Cardiac calcium score - Using a special state-of-the-art, high-speed CT scanner, we look inside the heart and its arteries for calcium build-up. This proven technology measures and scores the amount of blockage in the coronary arteries and helps determine your risk for heart disease.
    • Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) - Magnets and radio waves display pictures of the heart
    • Echocardiogram - Creates a picture of the heart using sound waves.
    • Echocardiography with Dobutomine - Dubutomine is a drug that makes the heart respond as if the patient were exercising.
    • Electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG) - electrodes record the electrical activity of the heart.
    • Graded Exercise Testing / Stress Test (with or without nuclear medicine imaging) - While exercising (typically on a treadmill or bicycle) an EKG measures the heart's electrical activity in conjunction with a blood pressure reading, which combined measure the body's need for an increase in oxygen.
    • Holter Monitor - Worn for one to two days, this monitor records the heart's rhythms during normal activities.
    • Tilt Table Test - While hooked up to an EKG machine, patients, with the aid of a table move from lying down to standing up.
    • Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE) - A scope is guided down the esophagus to provide a two-dimension echocardiogram.
    • Ultrasound (for abdominal aneurysm) - Sound waves create pictures of the body.
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