The Total Healing Environment
CARDIOPULMONARY LABORATORY - Cardiac
- EKG (electrocardiogram): A recording of the electrical patterns of the heart
- Stress testing: An evaluation of the heart during stressful situations. This
may be done with either exercise or medication that stimulates the heart’s response.
- Holter monitoring: A portable device used to continuously monitor the heart
for 24 to 48 hours, often because of intermittent rhythm disturbances.
- Event recorder monitoring: A small device used to record the EKG when a patient
- Echocardiogram (cardiac ultrasound): A procedure for evaluating and documenting
the heart’s size, pumping capability and valve function, which also detects heart
- Pacemaker check: An evaluation of some of the more commonly used pacemakers
to be sure they are working at their best.
- Tilt table testing: Blood pressure and EKG testing performed on a table tilted
to various angles for patients who faint or feel dizzy.
- Cardioversion: Special technology used to convert a patient’s abnormal heart
rhythm to a normal rhythm.
- Transesophageal echocardiogram: A procedure by which heart images are obtained
to provide information on cardiac valves, endocarditis or an atrial septal defect.
- Non-invasive arterial testing: A test of the main arteries in the arms and/or
legs to check for narrowing or obstruction and the degree of that obstruction.