Services at Banner Desert Medical Center  

Heart Diagnosis

heart care specialist at Banner Desert Medical Center  

An accurate diagnosis is the first step in treating any sort of heart abnormality or disease. Banner Desert heart experts are trained to do just that. Please speak with your doctor to determine what specific testing you need.

We're saving lives
Banner Desert is consistently exceeding the national 90-minute guideline for treating heart attack patients with balloon angioplasty.

What is balloon angioplasty?
Doctors thread a special catheter through a leg artery to the blocked artery in the heart. A balloon inside the catheter opens, squeezing plaque against the artery wall and restoring blood flow.

Why perform it within 90 minutes?
Because time is muscle. The sooner an artery is opened, restoring blood flow, the more heart muscle is saved.

Leading the nation
Banner Desert is consistently exceeding the 90-minute guideline. In fact, the hospial is treating heart attack patients more than 20 minutes faster than the national goal.

Cardiac Catheterization
A diagnostic cardiac catheterization is a special study of the heart that shows the chambers, valves or coronary arteries. A doctor guides a thin plastic tube or catheter through an artery or vein in the arm or groin.

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.

Electrocardiography (ECG)
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) that send signals to a technician that observes the heart rate and rhythm.

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. Patients may walk on a treadmill or lie still under a camera depending on how the physician wants to see their heart function.

For More Information 

podcasts Podcasts: Cardiac tests info 
video Video: What happens in a cardiac stress test
risk What is your risk for coronary artery disease?  

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(480) 412-4500
Banner Desert Medical Center
1400 S. Dobson Road
Mesa, AZ 85202
(480) 412-3000
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