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Tests and Treatments

The latest technology, tests and procedures are available right here at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital to quickly and accurately diagnose and treat any cardiac or vascular problem you may experience.

From a basic electrocardiogram to advanced heart surgery, you can rest assured that our highly trained team has the experience and technology needed to get to the bottom of the problem without delay.


Diagnostic Tests 

Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) – this simple test detects and records the electrical activity of your heart and it is used to identify and locate the source of the problem.

Heart Monitors – these devices record your heartbeat and are used to diagnose any potential heartbeat irregularities.

Tilt Table Test – this test is used to diagnose people with unexplained fainting spells or syncope.

Echocardiogram (Echo) – uses ultrasound (high-frequency sound waves) to take pictures of your heart’s chambers and valves. Click here for information on our echocardiography accreditation.

Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE) – is a different application of an echo.  This approach allows your doctor to get more detailed pictures because your esophagus is located directly behind your heart.

Stress Tests – there are many different types of stress tests. The purpose of each is to evaluate how your heart muscle is functioning, as well as how well blood is flowing to your heart.

Computer Tomography (CT) Scan – is an imaging technique that uses a computer and X-rays to reveal cross-sections or “slices” of areas of the body. The Dual Source CT scanner at Sacred Heart Hospital takes 128 “slices” or images of the body at once, resulting in crystal clear accuracy.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – uses harmless but powerful magnetic fields and radio waves to create detailed images of the blood vessels.

Cardiac Catheterization – this test is used to record your heart and blood vessels as they work in order to help diagnose any narrowing or blockage.


Treatments

Peripheral and vascular angioplasty/stenting – this minimally invasive procedure is performed to improve blood flow to the arteries. 

Pacemaker implantation –  a surgical procedure in which an artificial device is placed under the skin to regulate a patient's heartbeat

Defibrillator implantation - a surgical procedure in which a device is placed under the skin to regulate a patient’s heartbeat and to immediately correct life threatening arrhythmias.

Coronary artery bypass graft surgery - a surgical procedure to restore normal blood flow to an obstructed coronary artery.

Heart valve repair and replacement - a surgical procedure to either repair or replace defective heart valves. Healthy valves keep blood flowing in the correct direction. 

General thoracic surgery - surgical procedures on the chest organs, including the heart, lungs, esophagus, and trachea.