If you're proactive about your health, you may already eat healthy
and engage in regular physical activity. But have you taken part in screenings
that could identify your risk for heart disease and stroke?
Longmont United Hospital has a wide-range of diagnostic capability so we
can accurately diagnose and assess heart disease, coronary artery disease,
congestive heart failure, heart arrhythmias, valve disease and others.
Cardiologists, interventional radiologists, nurses and technicians perform
diagnostics for both inpatient and outpatient tests.
Common Heart Tests
Electrocardiography (EKG or ECG) - An electrocardiogram measures the electrical activity of the heartbeat.
It provides two major kinds of information - whether the electrical activity
is normal or slow, fast or irregular and whether parts of the heart are
too large or are overworked.
Blood Testing - Blood testing for certain cardiac enzymes or heart damage markers can
tell physicians if heart muscle damage is occurring. Among the most commonly
used test is for creatine kinase (CK) and the enzyme CK-MB.
Cardiac Catherterization - A cardiac catheterization provides direct information about the blood
pressures and blood-flow patterns within the heart. A special fluid visible
by X-ray is injected to create a diagnostic image called an angiogram.
Echocardiogram (Echo) - Think of an echocardiogram as an ultrasound movie of the inside of the
heart. Using these images, specialists can detect congenital heart defects
and other problems related to heart muscle function.
Exercise Tests - Exercise tests are used to analyze heart rhythm and stamina. The patient
runs on a treadmill or rides an exercise bike at increasing speeds and/or
resistance while sensors continuously record the heart rhythm. Oxygen
levels may be monitored to determine how efficiently the heart works.
Cardiac CT - The CT scan is a noninvasive way to capture images of the heart and
lungs without using catheters. Pictures are generally clearer than angiograms
and the procedure is faster than an MRI.
Cardiac MRI - Magnetic resonance imaging is the "gold standard" for obtaining
clear images of the heart and measuring function. Painless magnet waves
are used to evaluate the heart as well as blood vessels connected to the
heart and lungs.