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Diagnostic Testing Services
This page is for information and education only. If you are having any heart problems, please call our office (661-327-0807) to schedule an appointment and let the doctor decide which test you will need for further evaluation. If you are interested in learning more information, please click on the test name to open another page for detailed information. If any test requires special pre-testing preparation, please click on the instruction link to view or download the information.
EKG/ECG : it is a very simple test to record the electrical activity of the heart including the timing and duration of each electrical phase in your heartbeat. It is also called "electrocardiogram", which provides important information about the presence of coronary artery disease, heart rhythm, and other cardiac issues.
Holter Monitor (24 & 48 Hrs): A Holter monitor is a battery-operated portable device that measures and tape records your heart’s activity (ECG) continuously for 24 to 48 hours or longer depending on the type of monitoring used. It is used to diagnose the cause of symptoms, such as, black outs, dizziness, irregular heart beats and coronary artery spasm.
Cardiac Event Monitor (up to 30 days): A Event Monitor is a battery-operated portable device that measures and tape records your heart’s activity (ECG) continuously for up to 30 days.
Nuclear Imaging: It is also called SPECT scan of the heart. Doctors use SPECT to diagnose coronary artery disease and find out if a heart attack has occurred. SPECT can show how well blood is flowing to the heart and how well the heart is working.
Stress Test: It is also called a treadmill test or exercise test. The test can show if the blood supply is reduced in the arteries that supply the heart. The patient walks on a treadmill while the blood pressure and EKG are monitored. It evaluates the heart's response to exercise and helps uncover problems such as coronary blockages and heart rhythm abnormalities.
Stress Echo:This test is uses ultrasound to examine the heart, before and immediately after exercise or chemical stress and uncover problems such as coronary artery disease.
Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE): TEE uses ultrasound to examine the heart with the use of a probe that looks at the heart from the back.
Carotid Ultrasound: Carotid (ka-ROT-id) ultrasound is a painless and harmless test that uses high-frequency sound waves to create pictures of the insides of your carotid arteries.
Duplex Scan (Arms or Legs):It is a painless and harmless test. It uses ultrasound to look at the blood flow in the large arteries and veins in the arms and legs
Pace maker & ICD check, programming, and troubleshooting : Patients with pacemakers or ICDs or CRTs will be checked regularly in our clinic.