Heart & Vascular Screening & Diagnosis

Visit Miller Regional Heart Center at Reading Hospital for advanced ways to assess heart and vascular diseases. In some cases, we can detect heart and vascular diseases long before symptoms appear. Turn to us for a full range of diagnostic tools.

Heart Imaging

  • Cardiac catheterization allows a cardiologist to locate blockages in the heart’s blood vessels by inserting a tube into an artery.
  • Echocardiography uses ultrasound waves to produce an image of the heart as it beats. Miller Regional Heart Center is accredited in echocardiography by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. So rest assured that a skilled sonographer will use advanced tools to perform your exam, and a highly qualified doctor will interpret the results.
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram inserts a tube into the esophagus to provide a magnified view of the heart.

Heart Rhythm Tests

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is one of the simplest and fastest ways to evaluate the electrical activity of the heart.
  • Electrophysiology study is a type of catheterization that studies the heart’s electrical properties and the heart’s rhythm.
  • Holter monitor is a small tape recorder that records your heart rhythm over one or two days.
  • Tilt table testing allows your physician to monitor your heart and blood pressure while you lie on a table that tilts at different angles.

Heart Failure Monitoring

  • CardioMEMS implants a tiny device into a lung artery to monitor its blood pressure and detect when your heart failure worsens – even before you notice symptoms. That means you can seek outpatient treatment early and help prevent a hospital stay.

Nuclear Cardiology

  • MUGA scan uses radioisotopes to visualize how well the heart pumps.
  • Myocardial perfusion scan uses radioisotopes to assess blood flow to the heart muscle.

Stress Tests

  • Dobutamine stress echocardiogram uses a medication to increase heart rate and takes ultrasound images of the heart to assess blood flow.
  • Exercise stress echocardiogram involves exercising on a treadmill while an ultrasound shows blood flow to the heart muscle and chest.
  • Stress myocardial perfusion study uses radionuclide imaging and either exercise or a medication that increases heart rate to evaluate the heart’s ability to deliver blood to the body.

Vascular Studies

  • Pulse volume recording takes a series of blood pressure recordings of your arteries to help your physician determine if something is impeding the flow of blood from your heart.
  • Vascular duplex ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images of your blood vessels.