One of the most complex and critical aspects of treating heart disease occurs in the diagnostic phase. Before any treatment can be prescribed or surgery performed, an accurate diagnosis must be made. This requires cutting edge technology and training to accurately identify and pinpoint any compromised arteries, blocked vessels, or abnormal heart rhythms. Services include:
Telemetry – 24-hour coverage of all cardiac patients, including ongoing communication with patient nurses to provide patient condition updates.
Electrocardiograms (EKG) – 24-hour hospital coverage, providing adult and pediatric EKG’s. This service gives nurses and physicians access to previous and immediate cardiac rhythm interpretations.
Holter Monitors – 24-hour monitoring unit, which cardiac patients wear to record one-day rhythm strips of patient's heart activity.
Heartcards – 30-day monitoring device which cardiac patients carry on their person. Any time a chest discomfort or palpitation occurs, the patient places the device on the chest and records cardiac rhythm activity. Excellent for intermittent occurrences.
Stress Lab – Outpatient service provided for basic treadmill or advanced “cardiolyte” treadmill stress testing, with technician and cardiologist present.
Tilt Table Stress Testing – Outpatient service provided for syncopal episode patients. Technician and cardiac nurse present for testing, which involves flat and 70-degree tilting of patient in intervals.
Echocardiography – 24-hour inpatient adult and pediatric cardiac ultrasound. State-of-the-art ultrasound intervention, which digitally images the heart's function and output.
Vascular Lab – 24-hour inpatient adult and pediatric cardiovascular ultrasound. Ultrasound intervention digitally images the peripheral and deep arterial and venous system. Vascular lab is accredited in carotid, upper and lower arterial and venous systems.
Sonosite – Portable ultrasound unit which provides imaging for surgical procedures. Efficient for difficult cases.