Tests and Procedures
An Electrocardiogram, or EKG, is a test measuring the electrical activity of your heart. This is a non-invasive test that lasts about 10 minutes. During the test, sticker patches are set on your skin that records how long it takes electrical waves to pass through your heart.
Echocardiograms are ultrasound tests used to create pictures of your heart. This test can help your doctor to see how your heart is functioning and can reveal if you have certain heart conditions. There are many different types of echocardiogram that your doctor may use to learn about your heart.
Treadmill Stress Test
In this test, the patient walks on a treadmill (or rides a stationary bike) while attached to an EKG machine. The EKG will monitor your heart rate and blood pressure while the test becomes more physically difficult. As a result, this test can measure if your heart is performing well under more stressful conditions.
Similar to the Treadmill Stress Test, this procedure attempts to monitor heart activity under stress and elevated activity levels rather than at rest. Before the test begins, a medical professional will perform an echocardiogram while your heart is at resting levels. During the test, you will be asked to jog on a treadmill at increasing intensities. Once your heart reaches its peak rate, you will be asked to stop the exercise. At this point you will have another echocardiogram performed in order to measure how your heart functions at elevated levels of activity.
A Holter monitor is a wearable devices that provide a longer term measurement of your heart performance than a traditional EKG. It records your heart’s activity for 24-48 hours, providing your doctor a greater ability to examine abnormal heart behavior and symptoms that you might be experiencing that are not always present.
30 Day Event Recorder
Similar to the Holter monitor, the Event Recorder is a longer-term measurement of your heart’s behavior. However, while the Holter monitor records the entirety of the period, the Event Recorder only records when the heart experiences symptoms.