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Non-invasive Cardiovascular Testing
These studies use instrumentation that remains outside the body, such as the traditional x-ray or MRI. Other methods used to gain precise information include:
- Electrocardiogram (EKG) - A printed record of the electrical activity of the heart, used to detect abnormal heart rhythms.
- Signal average EKG - A specialized EKG test that may be used for patients who are susceptible to sudden irregular heartbeats.
- Stress testing - Heart rate, blood pressure and EKG responses are collected during exercise to evaluate the heart's response.
- Echocardiogram (ECHO) - A color image of the heart using sound waves, which reveals abnormalities of heart muscles or valves and fluid around the heart. We also offer stress and pediatric echocardiography.
- Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) - Looks at the heart from inside the esophagus.
- Holter monitoring and scanning (adult and pediatric) - Patients wear a small monitor at home, which tracks any abnormal rhythms.
- Tilt Testing - Evaluates how changes in posture may affect blood pressure and heart rhythm.
- Arterial, Venous and Carotid Doppler Studies - Sound waves detect blockages, abnormal pressure and blood clots in the various blood vessels.