Cardiac imaging uses the latest in non invasive technology to find the cause of discomfort or limitation. Possible tests include:
Cardiac catheterization, frequently referred to as "heart cath," is an X-ray study of the heart that is done in our cardiovascular labs especially designed for this procedure.
Electrocardiogram (ECG) provides information about your cardiac rhythm and may provide clues about past or current damage to your heart muscle.
Echocardiogram exam utilizes ultrasound waves to form a picture of the heart, providing information about the heart's size, structure, movement, and how the valves work.
Nuclear stress test may be done in conjunction with an exercise test, in order to evaluate the amount of healthy and functioning heart tissue. During this test, intravenous injections of a radioactive tracer are given to produce images of the heart muscle.
Transesophageal echo (TEE) is a special cardiac exam in which ultrasound images of the heart are obtained by using a probe positioned in the esophagus, which is behind the heart. Reflected sound waves are processed by an special computer that displays an image of your heart on a monitor. The procedure lasts about an hour.