The electrocardiogram is a device capable of recording the electrical activity of the heart from electrodes placed on the skin in specific locations.
Physicians use this information to discover such things as:
- heart rate
- myocardial infarctions
- atrial enlargements
Ultrasound is one of the most widely used diagnostic procedures available. It provides a safe, non-invasive and virtually painless means of observing soft tissue anatomy on an outpatient basis.
An echocardiogram is a safe, non-invasive ultrasound imaging procedure used to assess cardiac function. Echocardiography allows doctors to visualize the anatomy, structure, and function of the heart. The echocardiogram can show:
- all four chambers of the heart
- the heart valves
- the blood vessels entering leaving the heart
- the sack around the heart
It can lead to a quick diagnosis of heart valve problems or abnormal flow within the heart.
Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE)
A different application of an echo, this approach allows your doctor to get more detailed pictures because your esophagus is located directly behind your heart.
Tilt table test
This test is used to diagnose people with unexplained fainting spells or syncope.
This test is used to record your heart and blood vessels as they work in order to help diagnose any narrowing or blockage.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
This uses harmless but powerful magnetic fields and radio waves to create detailed images of the blood vessels.
Computer tomography (CT) scan
This is an imaging technique that uses a computer and X-rays to reveal cross-sections or "slices" of areas of the body.