Cardiac Diagnostic Testing
Cardiac Diagnostic Testing
After your physician gathers your health history and performs a physical exam, they may want to order additional testing. At Cardiac Partners, we offer state-of-the-art cardiac diagnostic testing to allow for a timely and accurate diagnosis in order for our providers to create your personalized plan of care.
Common Cardiac Tests:
These types of tests are typically performed in our cardiology offices or as an outpatient at one of our hospital locations, not requiring an overnight stay.
- Cardiac MRI/MRA or CT Scan/Angiography: These types of imaging are used to capture detailed images of the heart to evaluate valves and major vessels to detect abnormalities such as coronary artery disease or heart damage.
- ECG/EKG: This test records electrical activity of the heart, including rate and rhythm.
- Echocardiogram: An echocardiogram (or “echo”) is a non-invasive ultrasound that assesses structures of the heart and blood flow.
- Stress Echocardiogram: A stress echocardiogram (or “stress echo”) is the combination of an echocardiogram and a treadmill stress test.
- Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE): This test is often used when your physician needs more detailed information than a routine echocardiogram may provide. A small ultrasound transducer is placed down into the esophagus and captures detailed images of the heart’s structure and valves.
- MUGA Testing: A MUGA test is an outpatient imaging test that is used to evaluate the overall pumping function of the heart and to identify any abnormalities of the left ventricle. The test includes an injection of radioactive dye and three sets of images are taken of the heart.
- Nuclear Cardiology: Nuclear cardiology evaluates the heart’s performance to identify the presence of blocked arteries and/or heart muscle weakness. This is typically used as part of a stress test.
- Stress Testing – Standard & Nuclear: Stress testing is used to detect coronary artery disease and measures the heart’s response to physical activity. A standard stress test includes monitoring of the heart while walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike. If a patient is not able to exercise, a drug to mimic the effects of exercise will be administered through an IV. A nuclear stress test includes an injection of radioactive dye, and then two sets of images of the heart are captured at rest and after physical activity.
- Vascular Testing: Vascular testing evaluates the health of your blood vessels at rest and sometimes during exercise. Cardiac Partners offers the following vascular studies:
- Carotid ultrasound to measure blood flow through the carotid arteries that supply blood to the brain.
- Abdominal aortic ultrasound to evaluate the aorta below the chest for aneurysms (dilated arteries) and blood flow.
- Venous ultrasound to examine the veins in the arms and legs for blood clots (deep vein thrombosis) and varicose vein disorders.
- Arterial ultrasound to analyze artery blockages affecting blood flow delivery.
About Cardiac Partners
Cardiac Partners at Cooper and Inspira is the largest cardiac program in the region, offering an unmatched range of today’s most advanced cardiac care with a network of more than 65 specialists – right here in South Jersey.