Cardiology

Cardiology is a medical speciality dealing with disorders of the heart.  Oakland Imaging Diagnostic Center offers several studies to evaluate cardiac function. Cardiology

Stress Test is a test used to measure the heart's ability to respond to external stress in a controlled clinical enviroment.  The stress response is induced by exercise or drug stimulation (ex. Persantine, Dobutimine).  Nuclear Stress test compare the coronary circulation while the patient is at rest and also during maximum physical exertion, showing abnormal blood flow to the hearts muscle tissue.

 

Echocardiogram is a sonogram of the heart.  An Echocardiogram accesses the velocity of blood and cardiac tissue.  An Echocardiogram also accesses cardiac valves and function, any abnormal communication between the right and left side of the heart, leaking of blood through the valves and calculation of the cardiac output along with the ejection fraction and cardiac dimensions.

 

Cardiac Event Monitor is a device used to monitor patients with transient cardiac symptoms.  Manual ECG event recorders require patient to be symptomatic and to activate the device to record an event.  The transtelephonic cardiac event monitor can store four "cardiac events" before transmitting via telephone to ECG technicians.

 

Holter Monitor is a portable device which continually monitors the electrical activity of the heart for 24 hours.  A holter records electrical signals from the heart using five electrodes attached to the chest.  The electrodes are attached to a small monitor and is attached to the patients belt.  The data is uploaded into a computer which then automatically analyzes the input counting ECG complexes, calculating summary statistics such as average heart rate, minimum and maximum heart rate.

 

24 Hour Blood Pressure Monitor measures blood pressure at regular intervals, in an effort to determine patients blood pressure throughout the day and night.  A blood pressure monitor can help rule out White Coat Syndrome, which is when blood pressure is elavated during Dr's visits due to nervousness and anxiety.