An electrocardiogram — abbreviated as EKG or ECG— is a test that measures the electrical activity of the heartbeat.
An echocardiogram is a test that uses high frequency sound waves to make pictures of your heart.
A transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) is a special type of echocardiogram. It is usually done when your doctor wants to look more closely at your heart to see if it could be producing blood clots.
A Holter monitor is a battery-operated portable device that measures and records your heart’s activity (ECG) continuously for 24 to 48 hours or longer depending on the type of monitoring used.
An implantable loop recorder, also known as an insertable cardiac monitor, is a small device about the size of a pack of chewing gum or USB memory stick that is implanted just under the skin of the chest for cardiac monitoring.
A cardiac stress test (also known as a cardiac exercise test) is an in-office exam used to measure the heart’s response to physical exertion in a controlled environment.
A cardiac MRI is a painless imaging test that uses radio waves, magnets, and a computer to create detailed pictures of your heart.
Coronary angioplasty is a procedure used to open blocked or narrowed coronary (heart) arteries. The procedure improves blood flow to the heart muscle.
The goals of treatment are to reduce swelling and improve the return of blood to the heart.
Catheter ablation is a procedure that uses radiofrequency energy (similar to microwave heat) to destroy a small area of heart tissue that is causing rapid and irregular heartbeats.
Atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation are both abnormal heart rhythms. In atrial fibrillation, the atria beats irregularly. In atrial flutter, the atria beats regularly, but faster than usual and more often than the ventricles, so you may have four atrial beats to every one ventricular beat.
If your arrhythmia is serious, you may need a cardiac pacemaker or an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). They are devices that are implanted in your chest or abdomen. A pacemaker helps control abnormal heart rhythms. It uses electrical pulses to prompt the heart to beat at a normal rate.
Cardiac MRI. Also known as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). A cardiac MRI is a painless imaging test that uses radio waves, magnets, and a computer to create detailed pictures of your heart.
There are two kinds of holes in the heart. One is called an atrial septal defect (ASD), and the other is a patent foramen ovale (PFO). Although both are holes in the wall of tissue (septum) between the left and right upper chambers of the heart (atria), their causes are quite different.
Endovascular surgery is an innovative, less invasive procedure used to treat problems affecting the blood vessels, such as an aneurysm, which is a swelling or “ballooning” of the blood vessel. The surgery involves making a small incision near each hip to access the blood vessels.
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive procedure to replace a narrowed aortic valve that fails to open properly (aortic valve stenosis).
MitraClip is a less-invasive treatment option for certain people with degenerative mitral regurgitation who are not suitable for surgery.
The whole goal of the Watchman Procedure is to close off the left atrial appendage. The appendage is where the clots form that lead to stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation.