Diagnosis

Miller Regional Heart Center offers the most thorough, technologically advanced methods for assessing heart disease. In some cases, we are able to detect heart disease long before symptoms become apparent. Our diagnostic tools include:

  • Cardiac Ultrasound (Echocardiography) uses ultrasound waves to produce an image of the heart as it is beating.
  • Doppler Imaging uses colors to display blood flow on a two-dimensional image.
  • Transesophageal Ultrasound Echocardiogram is a diagnostic procedure in which a tube is inserted into the esophagus to provide a magnified view of the heart.
  • Nuclear Cardiology
    • Myocardial Perfusion Scan utilizes radioisotopes or radionuclide in diagnosis.
    • MUGA Scan visualizes how well the heart pumps.
  • EKG is one of the simplest and fastest procedures used to evaluate the heart.
  • Stress Tests
    • Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram Study utilizes a special instrument called a transducer.
    • Pharmacologic Myocardial Perfusion Study utilizes medication and radionuclide imaging to evaluate heart perfusion.
    • Exercise Stress Echocardiogram involves the placement of a special instrument called a transducer on various parts of your chest.
    • Myocardial Perfusion Exercise Study allows your physician to study your heart’s ability to receive and use oxygen during physical activity.
  • Holter Monitor is a small tape recorder specifically designed to record your heart rhythm.
  • Tilt Testing allows your physician to monitor your heart and blood pressure while you are assisted in standing.
  • Laboratory Studies
  • Cardiac Catheterization allows a cardiologist to locate blockages in the heart’s blood vessels by inserting a tube into an artery.
  • Electrophysiology Study is the study of the heart’s conduction system.
  • 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.

For more information, call 484-628-HELP (4357).