The Cardiology Department of the Harden Memorial Heart Program performs
thousands of cardiac diagnostic studies each year, using both portable
and department-based diagnostic technologies. Cardiology studies are a
team effort, each type of study is performed by specialized medical professionals
including cardiologists, nurses and technologists. Information from these
studies help cardiologists diagnose a patient's condition and recommend
the most effective course of treatment.
Some of the current studies performed by the Cardiology Department include:
EKG (Electrocardiogram) - These studies record the changes of electrical potential occurring during
the heartbeat and produce vital information for diagnosing abnormalities.
Studies include Pediatric EKG, Signal-Averaged EKG, and Holter Monitor Studies.
Echocardiography (Echocardiogram) - Utilizing sound waves, these studies produce "moving pictures" of the heart.
The newest technology allows us to make two-dimensional images. The types
of echo studies we conduct include:
- Two-Dimensional 3D
- Pulsed Wave, Continuous Wave and Color Flow Doppler
- Transesophageal Echo: Biplane and Multiplane
- Exercise Stress Echo
- Doubtamine Stress Echo (Pharmacological Stress Echo)
Tilt Table Testing - A study designed to understand fainting episodes.
Stress Tests - These tests show us how a patient's heart responds to an increased heart
rate. Types of stress tests include:
Exercise Myocardial Perfusion Stress Test - A radioactive isotope that illuminates the vessels is injected and the
patient walks on a treadmill to achieve a target heart rate. Scans taken
before and after show changes in the heart's activity.
- Pharmacologic Myocardial Perfusion Stress Test
- Routine Treadmill Stress Test