Heart Disease
Holter Monitor Podcast
The Holter monitor is a type of electrocardiogram (ECG) used to monitor the ECG tracing continuously for a period of 24 hours or longer.
Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Insertion Podcast
An ICD monitors the heart's electrical activity and responds with either anti-tachycardia pacing or shock therapy to prevent sudden cardiac arrest.
Electrophysiological Studies Podcast
An electrophysiological study tests the heart's electrical system. A small, plastic catheter is inserted through a vein in the groin and is threaded into the heart.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET Scan) Podcast
PET is a type of nuclear medicine procedure. A tiny amount of a radioactive substance is used to help examine a particular tissue.
Chest X-ray Podcast
A chest X-ray is used to examine the chest and the organs and structures located in the chest. Chest x-rays may be used to assess the lungs and the heart.
Echocardiogram Podcast
An echocardiogram can measure heart structures, such as the heart's pumping chambers, the size of the heart itself, and the thickness of the heart walls.
Electrocardiogram Podcast
Electrodes are placed on the chest, arms, and legs. When the electrodes are connected to an ECG machine, the electrical activity of the heart is measured and interpreted.
Exercise Electrocardiogram Podcast
An exercise ECG can assess the heart's response to stress or exercise. The ECG is monitored while a person is exercising on a treadmill or stationary bike.
Resting Myocardial Perfusion Scan Podcast
A resting myocardial perfusion scan is used to assess the blood flow to the heart muscle (myocardium) and to determine what areas of the myocardium have decreased blood flow.
Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram Podcast
This procedure may be used to assess the heart muscle under stress. Dobutamine is a medication that causes the heart to beat faster and will mimic the effects of exercise on the heart.
Transesophageal Echocardiogram Podcast
During this procedure, a transducer is inserted down the esophagus. This provides a clearer image of the heart because the sound waves do not have to pass through skin, muscle, or bone.
Tilt Table Procedure Podcast
A tilt table procedure may be used to evaluate a person who has symptoms of syncope (fainting). Syncope may occur rarely to frequently, depending on the cause.
Ultrafast Computed Tomography (Ultrafast CT Scan) Podcast
Ultrafast CT scans can take multiple images of the heart within the time of a single heartbeat, thus providing much more detail about the heart's function and structures.
Valvuloplasty Podcast
In valvuloplasty, a catheter is placed in a heart valve, and a large balloon at the tip of the catheter is inflated until the flaps of the valve are opened.
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (CABG) Podcast
One way to treat blocked or narrowed arteries is to bypass the blocked portion of the coronary artery with another piece of blood vessel.
Exercise Echocardiogram Podcast
Detailed information on exercise echocardiogram, including the reasons and preparation for the procedure, how the procedure is performed, and after care