Advanced Cardiac Diagnosis for Better Care
Identifying and planning treatment for heart conditions
Early, accurate diagnosis is the first step to identifying and treating heart conditions. At Ellis, we’re using the latest diagnostic technologies to improve the quality of care that our patients receive. By detecting sometimes subtle heart problems, from arterial blockages to failing valves and heart muscles, Ellis doctors can determine the most effective ways to treat life-threatening conditions.
The Bruggeman Center for Diagnosis & Treatment at Ellis Medicine offers sophisticated diagnostic tools to help doctors quickly identify and treat heart problems, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Center provides a full range of noninvasive and invasive diagnostic procedures including catheterization, echocardiograms, electrophysiology exams and advanced CT imaging that reduces a patient’s exposure to radiation by up to 40%.
These are some of the techniques used at Ellis to pinpoint heart conditions and determine the best care plans for our patients.
Invasive and Noninvasive diagnostics at Ellis
Cardiac catheterization: Insertion of a catheter to allow physicians to access coronary arteries for evaluation and treatment. Used to locate blockages, check valve function and measure heart muscle function.
Electrophysiology testing: Catheterization procedures that help doctors locate the source of heart rhythm abnormalities.
Electrocardiograms and Holter monitoring: External monitoring devices used to evaluate heart rhythm and pacing.
Echocardiograms: An imaging technique used to evaluate heart size and valve function.
Transesophageal echocardiograms: Another imaging system used to determine extent and acuteness of heart disease.
Exercise testing and drug induced stress testing: Diagnostic exams that use imaging to assess the possibility of blocked arteries.
For more information about cardiac diagnosis at the Bruggeman Center, please talk to your doctor or call 518.831.8840.