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In-Patient Services

The Stern Cardiovascular Center, dedicated to exceptional patient care, offers a variety of tests and procedures that are used to diagnose and treat cardiac needs. If any of these tests are scheduled for you, your doctor or his/her assistant will notify you with your results. Please allow at least 5 business days for the complete review of your diagnostic tests. If you have not received notification within this time frame, please call your physician's nurse.

In-Patient services include the following:

Cardiac Catheterization

This test involves the insertion of a small tube into the blood vessel in an extremity with subsequent advancement to the cardiac structures to record pressures and inject dye.

PTCA - Stent

Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty is a technique for opening an artery with a catheter (tube) with a balloon device on the end of it. Sometimes a small coil called a stent is places as well to help keep the artery open.

EPS (Electrophysiology Study)

Is performed by placing small, temporary electrodes through the femoral (leg) vessel and advancing them inside the heart to evaluate the electrical system of the heart.


A technique performed sometimes in conjunction with EPS to eliminate abnormal heart rhythms.

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