Cardiology & Heart Care | Testing Department

The first step in determining the best course of treatment is an accurate evaluation of your condition. The Cardiodiagnostics Department at MidState provides state-of-the-art cardiac testing.

With highly specialized equipment and expertise, our Cardiac Team can perform tests to ensure your physician has all the information needed before, during, and after treatment. The Cardiodiagnostic Department serves patients Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cardiac Tests

In this test, electrodes are placed on the patient's arms, legs and chest to record overall electrical activity of the heart.

24-Hour Holter Monitor
This non-invasive test provides longer-term information on the heart's activity. Electrodes are placed on the patient's chest and attached to a portable monitor, which records the heartbeat for a 24-hour period. Patients are required to keep a diary of their activities and symptoms during this time.

2-D Echocardiogram/Color Flow Doppler
When an image of the heart is required, this non-invasive test uses ultrasound to create real-time images for physician review.

Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE)
This procedure also uses ultrasound to examine the heart. Unlike an echocardiogram, a TEE is done from inside the esophagus (the tube leading from the mouth to the stomach).

Standard Stress Test
The Stress Test measures the impact of exercise on the heart. As the patient walks on a treadmill, ECGs monitor heart functions and a blood pressure cuff measures blood pressure. Monitoring continues after exercising during resting phase.

Stress Echo Test
This test is similar to a Standard Stress Test, with additional information provided by ultrasound images of the heart, recorded both before and immediately after exercising.

Nuclear Stress Tests

This test measures impact of exercise on the heart using an isotope that is injected into the body. The imaging portion of the test is conducted in radiology, 1 to 2 hours after exercise and at rest on another day.

Lexiscan/Nuclear Stress Test

This test is similar to the Nuclear Stress Test, but instead of exercising, the patient is injected with the medication, Lexiscan. Imaging takes place 1 to 2 hours after the Lexiscan has been administered. An image is also obtained prior to the test, for comparative purposes.

Dobutamine/Nuclear Stress Test
Similar in nature to the Lexiscan/Nuclear Stress Test, this test uses a different medication, Dobutamine.

Dobutamine Stress Echo Test

This test uses the medication Dobutamine, as well as ultrasound waves, to measure and evaluate the impact of stress on the heart. Dobutamine is introduced via intravenous, while ECG and blood pressure measurements, and echocardiogram images are taken.

Neurological Tests

In this test, 21 electrodes are positioned on key locations of the patient's head. The electrodes measure the brain's electrical activity, which is recorded in a graphic printout for physician review.

Sleep-Deprived EEG
This procedure is identical to an EEG, except that measurements are taken while the patient sleeps.

This is an electrical nerve and muscle test performed by a neurologist. The patient may experience some mild discomfort during the test.

Cardiac Rehabilitation & Wellness Program