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Cardiac Diagnostic Services

ECG is a test that measures the electrical activity of the heart. With each beat, an electrical impulse (or wave) travels through the heart. This wave causes the muscle to squeeze and pump blood from the heart. In order to perform an ECG, electrodes are positioned on the chest, wrists and ankles and a recording is made. An ECG reflects what is happening in different areas of the heart and may pick up an abnormality or previous damage.

An ECHO (echocardiogram), also known as a transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE), is an imaging technology that uses ultrasound waves to create images of your heart. It is a diagnostic test used to examine the heart and its blood supply, determine how large the heart is, how well it contracts, and how its valves function. In this, an ultrasound probe is placed on the patient’s chest (thorax) and high frequency sound waves are used to create images of the heart. Doppler technology is used to analyze the speed and direction of blood flow

A stress echo is a combination of an ultrasound and exercise test. Dobutamine is a medication administered to place your heart under a similar amount of strain as would be achieved with exercise and then ECHO is done. This information helps cardiologists in assessing the state of your heart muscle and the arteries feeding that muscle.

 In this test, sound waves are used to create pictures of heart muscle, chambers, valves as well as blood vessels. This test gives more details than a standard echocardiogram can give. In this test, the echo transducer is attached to a thin tube which is passed through the mouth, down the throat and into the esophagus.

Stress test measures the heart’s ability to respond to external stress in a controlled clinical environment. The stress response is induced either by exercise (treadmill test) or by intravenous drug stimulation (Dobutamine). As your body works harder during the test, it requires more oxygen, so the heart must pump more blood. The test can show if the blood supply is reduced in the arteries that supply the heart (coronary arteries).

This is the exercise stress test that usually involves walking on a treadmill while your heart rhythm, blood pressure and breathing are monitored through ECG. Throughout the test, the speed and incline of the treadmill increase. The results show how well your heart responds to the stress of different levels of exercise.

Holter – A Holter monitor is a small, wearable, portable device that continuously records the heart’s electrical activity (ECG) continuously for 24 to 48 hours or longer. It can detect abnormalities in heart rhythm that an electrocardiogram cannot detect.

Ambulatory blood pressure monitor is a portable blood pressure recording device. It is used to record blood pressure at specified times during a 24-hour period. A one-time blood pressure measurement is often not enough to confirm whether your blood pressure is too high or too low. If your doctor suspects that you have hypertension or other blood pressure problems, they may refer you for ambulatory blood pressure monitoring.