Outpatient Cardiac Diagnostics
We provide a number of diagnostic outpatient procedures for heart disease, and provide patients and physicians fast, accurate results. All tests require a physician referral and an appointment. These services include:
Angiography, also known as arteriography, is a diagnostic X-ray procedure. It uses contrast medication to detect blockages within the arteries, veins, and heart chambers.
12 Lead Electrocardiogram (EKG)
An EKG is a short, non-invasive test that uses electrodes to record the electrical signals of the heart. This common test is used to detect issues and monitor your heart during exercise or a medical procedure.
Cardiac Nuclear Medicine
Cardiac Nuclear Medicine is a diagnostic imaging test that evaluates the heart for dis-ease or damage. After administration of a radioactive medication, a rotating camera captures a series of images.
An echo, is a non-invasive external diagnostic test that uses sound waves to produce a live visual display of the heart. The results of this test allow doctors to see how the heart and its valves are working. It can be used to diagnose and monitor heart disease as well as reveal heart defects.
A Holter Monitor is a small, non-invasive wearable device that is worn by a patient for up to 24 hours in order to monitor the heart’s rhythm, recording a continuous EKG. If an electrocardiogram is inconclusive and unable to detect heart irregularities, a Holter Monitor can provide more information about the condition of the heart.
Portable Heart Monitors
Portable heart monitors may be worn over a 30-day period.
A stress test examines how well your heart works during physical exertion or stress. Some heart issues are easier to diagnose when the heart is working hard or beating fast. The stress test usually involves walking on a treadmill or riding on a stationary bike while heart rhythm, blood pressure and breathing are monitored. Doctors may recommend this test to diagnose coronary heart disease, heart rhythm problems or as a guide to treat heart disorders.
When a patient is suffering from a chronic cardiac condition, or experiencing an emergent situation such as a heart attack that requires hospitalization, both Manchester Memorial Hospital and Rockville General Hospital are among the region’s leading destinations for emergency cardiac care. With a team of board-certified cardiologists, we are able to diagnose and treat a variety of heart conditions including:
- Abnormal heart rhythm
- Chronic Heart Failure (CHF)
- Heart attacks
- Myocardial Infarction (MI)
- Rapid or slow heart rate