Diagnostic Procedures for Your Heart
January 04, 2017
Category: Cardiology

Are you having heart problems? Find out more about diagnostic procedures that could determine the cause of your issues?

We can all agree that heart health is vitally important. After all, you couldn’t survive without your heart. Of course, age and other risk cardiologyfactors predispose us to certain health issues. Our Gilbert, AZ cardiologists--Dr. Zaki Lababidi, Dr. Mohammed Reza Hojjati and Dr. Khaled Albasha--want to make sure that you get the very best diagnostic procedures possible to get to the bottom of your symptoms fast so that we can treat the problem head on.

Some of the most common diagnostic procedures include:

Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG): The purpose of this test is to evaluate the electrical activity of the heart. It is performed when a patient complains of chest pressure or pain. It can also determine the cause of symptoms like rapid heartbeat, dizziness or shortness of breath. If you are already taking medication for your heart we can also determine the effectiveness of the medication through this painless test.

Echocardiography: This test uses ultrasonic waves to study how the heart is functioning. This non-invasive probe helps to capture moving images of your heart. This test is painless and doesn’t require surgery. An echo test may be performed by one of our Gilbert heart doctors if you:

  • Have had a heart attack
  • Have chest pains
  • Have a congenital heart malformation
  • Have a heart murmur

Treadmill EKG Stress Test: This test is commonly used if someone is complaining of symptoms of coronary artery disease (CAD) or if you experience an irregular heartbeat that is brought about by exercise.

Nuclear stress test: This procedure is used to measure how blood flows throughout the heart both while at rest and while under exertion. During the test an IV is placed into the arm and electrodes are attached to your skin where an electrocardiogram records electrical activity of your heart. If you aren’t able to exercise on a treadmill then a medication will be administered through an IV to simulate what exercising does to the heart.

Nothing is more important than your heart. If you are noticing any symptoms or changes to your health then call Gilbert Cardiology in Gilbert, AZ right away to schedule an appointment.