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Non-Invasive Testing

The Cardiovascular Care Team at St. Anthony North Hospital 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:

Electrocardiogram

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG) - electrodes record the electrical activity of the heart 
  • Holter Monitor - worn for one to two days, this monitor records the heart's rhythms during normal activities
  • 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
  • Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE) - a scope is guided down the esophagus to provide a two-dimension echocardiogram
  • Tilt Table Test - while hooked up to an EKG machine, patients, with the aid of a table move from lying down to standing up 
  • 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
  • Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) - magnets and radio waves display pictures of the heart
  • Ultrasound (for abdominal aneurysm) - sound waves create pictures of the body
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