The diagnostic heart care we provide at Mercy Medical Center is mostly non-invasive, which means the procedures do not break the skin.
Cardiac Diagnostic Services
- Electrocardiogram—checks for problems with the electrical activity of your heart.
- Patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) diagnostics - used to diagnose whether or not there’s an opening between the two major blood vessels leading from the heart.
- Transthoracic Echocardiogram—a type of ultrasound to evaluate how your heart muscle and valves are working.
- Treadmill testing/other stress tests—monitors how your heart functions while exercising or under exertion.
- Nuclear medication scan—identifies damaged heart muscle, shows how blood flows to the heart, and how the heart pumps blood out to your body.
Cardiac Catheterization Lab
Cardiac catheterization is a diagnostic and therapeutic procedure that allows doctors to study the heart and surrounding blood vessels. One or more thin, flexible tubes are inserted through a blood vessel in the arm or leg to record blood flow, calculate cardiac output, and evaluate the heart’s electrical activity.
Cardiac Catheterization Lab Procedures
- Cardiac Nuclear Scans
- CT Heart Scan
- Heart MRI
- Stress Test
- Tilt Table
- 24-hour EKG recording
- Stress Echocardiogram
- Biopsies and draining fluid build-up around the heart
- Vascular procedures in the arteries and veins of the arms and legs (we use carbon dioxide instead of dye for peripheral vascular procedures, thus protecting the kidneys)
- Electrophysiology studies to detect and treat heart rhythm disorders and atrial fibrillation, plus implantation of pacemakers and AICDs (implantable defibrillators)