Heart and Vascular Diagnostics & Testing

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Heart and Vascular Tests

Comprehensive heart and vascular tests

Your care may start with one of a variety of tests that study and record activity in your heart and vascular system to help your provider diagnose your condition. Some tests may include:

  • Ankle brachial index – Blood pressures are taken at the arm and ankle, if the ratio is abnormal this indicates poor blood flow to the leg
  • Arterial duplex ultrasound – Uses ultrasound waves measure the speed and direction of blood flow to diagnose blockages in the arteries
  • Bronson Heart Scan – Detects evidence of heart disease before you have symptoms
  • Carotid ultrasound – Uses ultrasound waves to measure the flow in the carotid arteries that lead to the brain
  • Diagnostic cardiac catheterization – Procedure that allows the doctor to confirm the diagnosis of your heart condition and provide more accurate and detailed information
  • Echocardiography (ECG) – Test that takes “moving pictures” of the heart with sound waves
  • Electrocardiography – Measurement and recording of the electrical activity in the heart
  • Electrophysiology testing – Diagnoses heart rhythm disorders by measuring the electrical activity of your heart
  • Event monitor (including holter and loop) – Device that records your heart's rhythm electrical activity
  • Heart health screening – Screening that evaluates your blood pressure, total cholesterol and blood sugar levels
  • Interventional radiology – use of minimally and non-invasive instruments and techniques for taking pictures of the inside of the body, organs and tissues
  • Intravascular imaging – Use of a continuous X-ray image on a monitor to view and assess blockage within a blood vessel
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – Uses radio waves to create images of inside your body
  • Nuclear cardiac studies – Test that provides important information about the health of your heart
  • Stress testing – Tests that temporarily make your heart beat faster and harder in order to help diagnose the presence and severity of heart problems
  • Ultrasound imaging – Creates images of the inside of your body using high-frequency sound waves
  • Vein screening - Free screenings are available to access your vein health
  • Venous duplex ultrasound – Test used to measure how well blood is being returned through veins to the heart

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