Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor
An ambulatory blood pressure monitor is often used if there is a big difference between the blood pressure readings you get at home and your readings in your doctor’s office. It is a small device that is worn throughout the day, usually for 24 or 48 hours. The device takes your blood pressure automatically. The device periodically inflates and takes blood pressure measurements, which are recorded for later printout and analysis.
Ankle Brachial Index (ABI)
This test is done by measuring blood pressure at the ankle and in the arm while a person is at rest. Measurements are usually repeated at both sites after 5 minutes of walking on a treadmill. The ABI result is used to predict the severity of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). A slight drop in your ABI with exercise means that you may have PAD. This drop may be important, because PAD can be linked to a higher risk of heart attack or stroke.
BioZ – ICG
The impedance cardiography (ICG) test is a completely noninvasive test that provides your physician information about your heart’s ability to deliver blood to the rest of your body, the force your heart has to pump against with each heartbeat, and the amount of fluid in your chest. The ICG test does not replace any tests that your physician is currently performing. Many patients are familiar with the EKG test, which measures the electrical function of the heart. The ICG test measures the mechanical function of the heart, and provides different information than an EKG.
An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of your heart. Several electrodes are attached to the skin on each arm and leg and on your chest. These are hooked to a machine which traces your heart activity.
24-hour Holter Monitor
A holter monitor is a portable EKG that monitors the electrical activity of a freely moving person’s heart, generally for one to two days, 24 hours a day.
Orthostatic Blood Pressures
Helps physician diagnose orthostatic hypotension. A nurse will measure blood pressure and pulse while lying, sitting, and standing.
Prothrombin time (PT) is a blood test that measures how long it takes blood to clot. A prothrombin time test can be used to check for bleeding problems. PT is also used to check whether medicine to prevent blood clots is working. INR (international normalized ratio) stands for a way of standardizing the results of prothrombin time tests, no matter the testing method, so your doctor can understand results in the same way even when they come from different labs and different test methods.
Stress tests are tests performed to determine the amount of stress that your heart can manage before developing either an abnormal rhythm or evidence of ischemia (not enough blood flow to the heart muscle). The exercise stress test is used to provide information about how the heart responds to exertion. It involves walking on a treadmill while your electrocardiogram, heart rate, and blood pressure are monitored.
We also offer chemically induced stress tests that do not require physical activity, using our nuclear camera.