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Diagnostic Tests

The latest testing capabilities are available right here at HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital to quickly and accurately diagnose cardiac or vascular problems you may experience. You can rest assured that our highly trained team has the experience and technology needed to get to the bottom of the problem without delay.

Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) – this simple test detects and records the electrical activity of your heart and it is used to identify and locate the source of the problem.

Heart Monitors – these devices record your heartbeat and are used to diagnose any potential heartbeat irregularities.

Echocardiogram (Echo) – uses ultrasound (high-frequency sound waves) to take pictures of your heart’s chambers and valves.

Stress Tests – there are many different types of stress tests. The purpose of each is to evaluate how your heart muscle is functioning, as well as how well blood is flowing to your heart.

Computer Tomography (CT) Scan – is an imaging technique that uses a computer and X-rays to reveal cross-sections or “slices” of areas of the body.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – uses harmless but powerful magnetic fields and radio waves to create detailed images of the blood vessels.