The Parkview Heart Institute offers a full spectrum of cardiovascular services to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of specific cardiac needs.
Outpatient Cardiac Rhythm Testing
A monitor is used in diagnosing heart rhythm disturbances that may occur at times when you are away from the doctor. It is used in conjunction with a written diary or log of your daily events and activities. The monitor allows doctors to relate those symptoms to actual variations in heart rhythms, providing them with further diagnostic information for determining the best course of treatment.
Cardiac Stress Testing
Commonly referred to as the Stress Test, Treadmill Testing takes about 45 minutes and evaluates the heart's response to increased activity. It is used in several ways to diagnose coronary artery disease, to monitor the progress of your treatment or as part of a routine physical exam.
Myoview Perfusion Testing
The Myocardial Perfusion Imaging stress test is performed on an outpatient or inpatient basis. The test involves an injection of a small amount of radioactive material which circulates in the bloodstream and shows if your heart muscle is receiving adequate blood supply under stress and/or rest conditions.
Echocardiology Echo/Doppler Study Echocardiography
This test uses ultrasound-high frequency sound waves to create medical images of the heart's chambers, valves, wall motion, and blood flow patterns. This can be done by applying the ultrasound probe to the chest wall or may incluse passing the probe down the patient's throat while he or she is sedated in order to image the patient's heart from inside the chest.
Pacemaker and Defibrillator Checkups
The heart is required to maintain an appropriate heart rate and rhythm to keep blood flowing efficiently throughout the body. Pacemakers and defibrillators are devices sometimes implanted in the body to keep the heart beating properly. Periodic checkups are required of these devices to insure proper functioning.