Diagnostic Testing, Office-Based Procedures
Electrocardiography (ECG or EKG)
Used to evaluate the electrical activity of the heart. Small sticker patches are applied to the skin, then connected to wires. The recording lasts for several seconds.
A monitor is placed for a 24-hour period to record cardiac electrical activity to detect and analyze heart rhythm abnormalities.
A monitor is used for a 30-day period of time and results are transmitted via telephone. This monitor allows a patient to record the heart rhythm during symptom episodes. The cardiologist can then evaluate the heart rhythm, even after the symptoms have resolved.
This testing involves a sonogram (ultrasound) of the heart, using sound waves to create images of the heart, allowing the physician to examine the heart’s structure and function, and identify any abnormalities.
This is also referred to as an exercise or treadmill stress test, used to evaluate cardiac physiology during exercise. The test can help identify problems during exertion and can be used to assess safe levels of activity for the patient.
Diagnostic Testing, Hospital-Based Procedures
- Cardiac catheterization
- Sedated echocardiograms
- Transesophageal echocardiography