Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Testing


External Procedures to Diagnose and Treat Cardiovascular Conditions

Saint Francis offers the latest in non-invasive cardiology to diagnose and determine the extent of cardiovascular conditions. We perform non-invasive procedures such as:

2D Echo/Doppler
An echocardiogram is a test that uses ultrasound waves to examine the heart. The 2D imaging is the mainstay of echo imaging and allows areas in the heart to be viewed moving in real time, in a cross-section of the heart, in two dimensions.

Transesophageal echo (TEE)
TEE is an echocardiogram that provides three dimensional moving images of the heart in real time. This test is done from inside the esophagus, located just behind the heart. It is used to diagnose heart abnormalities such as valve disease and an arrhythmia.

Cardiac Nuclear Stress Testing
A stress test measures blood flow to the heart at rest and during stress on the heart during exercise. A nuclear stress test is used to diagnose heart problems or to determine treatment if a heart condition has already been diagnosed. Both tests are conducted with heart stimulation, either by exercise on a treadmill or clinically. Electrodes are attached to the chest, legs and arms and are then are connected by wires to an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) machine. The electrocardiogram records the electrical signals from the heartbeats. During a nuclear stress test, a dye is injected into the bloodstream and travels to your heart. A special scanner is then used to create images of the heart muscle to detect areas of inadequate blood flow.

Non-Invasive Vascular Ultrasound
Ultrasound can be used to evaluate the vascular system of the body. The arterial system is imaged to locate and identify blockages within the vessels of the neck, arms and legs. Ultrasound is also used to detect abnormalities within vessels such as blood clots and help plan for their effective treatment. Vascular ultrasound is routinely used in the evaluation of the abdominal aorta to look for the presence of an aneurysm (abnormal ballooning of the artery).