An accurate diagnosis is the first step in treating any sort of heart abnormality or disease.
Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center has a wide array of diagnostic services available.
There are a number of ways our doctors can diagnose heart ailments and select the best method of treatment for you. For each method there are several different approaches.
Please speak with one of our cardiac experts to find out which specific tests would be best for you:
At the Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center - Cardiac Catheterization Lab, we specialize in cardiac catheterization. Cardiac catheterization is a procedure used to assist with the diagnosis of patients who may have various forms of heart disease. In this procedure, the cardiologist guides a small, sterile plastic tube called a catheter through an artery in the leg (or arm) into the heart in order to inject contrast or 'dye, into the coronary arteries (called coronary angiography). With special, technologically advanced radiology equipment, the cardiologist can determine if there are any coronary blockages that may require intervention. This test also measures the blood pressure and provides other information about the pumping ability of the heart muscle. Cardiac catheterization is a very common procedure to determine the best treatment plan for your heart.
During an echocardiogram, also called an echo, a technician uses a painless technique to send sound waves into the patient’s chest. This produces a moving picture of the heart and heart valves.
Also called EKG, an electrocardiogram measures the electrical activity in a heartbeat. Patients can be hooked to electrodes or wear a heart monitor (a small box that weighs less than one pound). The monitoring devices send signals to a technician that observes the heart rate and rhythm.
Nuclear medicine is a unique type of medical imaging that uses very small and safe amounts of radioactive materials in conjunction with a specialized camera to diagnose and treat disease. Heart scans are most often used to image blood flow to, and the function of, the heart.
Treadmill Stress Testing
Stress/exercise testing involves studying the heart while under maximum cardiac stress. It allows a technician to measure the heart's efficiency when subjected to predetermined exercise or cardiac medications. Patients may walk on a treadmill or lie still under a camera depending on how the physician wants to see their heart function.
Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)
Like a routine echocardiogram, TEE uses ultrasound to create images. TEE images, however, are clearer because they are taken with a scope from inside your body. Your doctor may order a TEE if the routine echocardiogram cannot answer all of the questions about your heart's structure and function. TEE involves passing a special ultrasound scope through your mouth into your food pipe (esophagus) to take pictures. We will give you medication to help you relax and keep you comfortable during your TEE.
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