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Ambulatory Holter Monitor

A Holter monitor is a type of EKG that continuously records your heart's rhythms. The monitor is worn for a period of time, such as 24 hours, while you go about your normal activities.

A Holter monitor can be used to monitor a patient after a heart attack, to monitor the effectiveness of heart medications or to check for irregularities in heart rhythm.

Catheterization

Cardiac catheterization is a test used to explore the coronary arteries, using a fine tube (catheter) that's inserted into an artery or vein of an arm or leg and maneuvered into the arteries of the heart. It can be used in the diagnosis of heart disease.

I was a September patient in the catheterization ward and went through the procedure and rested afterwards.

The staff was outstanding and made my stay as good as it could be. I'll be undergoing open heart surgery in October, and I hope they can help me again.

– Mike Dyer

Echocardiography

This test uses sound waves to create a picture of the heart. An echocardiogram test can be used in the diagnosis of a number of heart conditions including valve disorders, cardiomyopathy, congestive heart failure, enlarged heart and heart attack.

EEG (Electroencephalogram)

An electroencephalogram is a recording of the electrical activity in the brain. It is a noninvasive way to test brain activity.

EKG (Electrocardiogram)

An electrocardiogram, also called an EKG or ECG, is a simple test that detects and records the electrical activity of the heart. It is used to detect and locate the source of heart problems.

Electrophysiology Study

An electrophysiology (EP) study is a test in which wire electrodes are placed within the heart to record the electrical activity and the electrical pathways of your heart. This test is used to determine the cause of a heart rhythm disturbance, or heart arrhythmia.

Stress Test

A stress test is used to record the heartbeat during exercise. This helps a doctor determine how well your heart can handle work.

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Stress Echocardiogram

A stress echocardiogram is a stress test that includes ultrasound imaging with the exam. The test allows the doctor to see the heart muscle at work during exercise. These pictures are obtained painlessly by placing a small ultrasound probe on the chest wall over the heart. A cardiologist will analyze these images to obtain added information about your heart.

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