Diagnostic Testing A Vital Part of Beebe's Continuum of Cardiac Care
Beebe has offered cardiac diagnostics and monitoring since 1978. Over the years, we've expanded our services to keep pace with new developments and technology. Today, our patients can count on the availability of a full range of testing and monitoring techniques.
- Coronary Catheterization Diagnostics
- Cardiac Stress Testing
- Ambulatory Heart Monitoring
- Echocardiogram Diagnostic Testing
- Tilt-table Studies
Coronary Catheterization Diagnostics
Coronary catheterization is often the best way for cardiologists to be sure of a preliminary diagnosis based on the less-invasive tests described below. When such tests are inconclusive, coronary catheterization may be able to show, with remarkable clarity, exactly what the problem is and where it is located.
After using local anesthesia on the patient, doctors insert a tiny, plastic tube, or catheter, through veins or arteries, directly into the chambers of the heart itself. Blood can be sampled for testing and pressures can be measured.
Then, by injecting special dye through the tube, the heart itself, and vital surrounding blood vessels, can be observed in action. Valve activity, blood flow, and blockages become visible through special X-ray monitoring screens. Diagnosis may be clarified and confirmed, and treatment options frequently become obvious to the experienced cardiologist.
The procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis, and the patient should allow a full day for the procedure and recovery. Risks and complications from the procedure exist, but they are minimal. Be sure to ask your cardiologist if you would like to know more detail about the procedure.