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.
Out-Patient services include the following:
Cardiac Wellness Exam for Women
Based on your individual needs as a woman, a nurse practitioner designs a Cardiac Wellness Plan for you.
Procedures requiring insertions of catheters into blood vessels. It includes cardiac catheterization, coronary angiography, coronary angioplasty, coronary athrectomy, coronary artery stent placement, and myocardial biopsies.
Pacing and Arrhythmia Management
Involves evaluation and treatment of cardiac electrical (conduction) disturbances. This includes electrophysiologic evaluations with temporary pacemaker insertion and definitive treatment with permanent pacemakers, abalation procedures, and internal cardiac defibrillators.
Holter and Event Monitoring
Records an individual's heartbeat.
Exercise Stress Test (also called Electrocardiogram, EKG, or ECG)
Tracks your heart's response to exercise by recording your heartbeat while you walk on a treadmill or ride a stationary bike.
By using sound waves to evaluate and make images of your heart, this test allows one to carefully evaluate the heart muscle size and squeezing capacity as well as the valves of the heart.
ECP (External Counter Pulsation)
A non-invasive therapy for chronic Angina Pectoris and Heart Failure
This test couples the echo evaluation of the heart with a stress test which can be performed with a treadmill or with medications.
Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE)
Cardiac echo images are obtained by placing the echo transducer into the esophagus allowing one to see very small cardiac structures in great detail.
Dobutamine Stress Echo
The stress echocardiogram (as described above) is performed by giving the drug Dobutamine in lieu of exercise.
Cardiac Nuclear Imaging
Tracks blood flow through your heart muscle with radioactive isotopes and produces visual images.
Restores your normal heartbeat with a small, brief electric shock.
Pharmacologic Myocardial Perfusion Imaging
Similar to Cardiac Nuclear Imaging except that drugs are given in order to mimic exercise.