Heart & Vascular

Tests and Procedures

Tests and Procedures

Doylestown Health's Richard A. Reif Heart Institute offers a complete range of non-invasive testing options to evaluate the health of your heart with state-of-the-art equipment and is staffed by certified technologists and a registered nurse. Diagnostic tests and procedures are used to determine whether a patient has a certain cardiac condition, the severity and the most effective treatment plan.

  • Cardiac Monitoring

    Electrophysiologists use state-of-the-art cardiac monitoring devices, like holter monitors and implantable monitoring devices (ICD) to monitor abnormal heart rhythms and their symptoms.

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  • Cardiac Nuclear Dobutamine Stress Test

    Using a medicine called Dobutamine to make your heart beat faster, this stress test will help your doctor determine if there is an area of your heart that is not getting enough blood.

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  • Cardiac Nuclear Exercise Stress Test

    This test combines exercise (walking on the treadmill) with a safe nuclear imaging material to help your doctor to determine if there is an area of your heart that is not receiving enough blood.

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  • Cardiac Nuclear Lexiscan Exercise Stress Test

    This test helps your doctor determine areas of your heart that are supplied by healthy arteries and those that may be blocked or narrowed. Using both resting and stress (exercise) periods, patients are given a safe nuclear imaging material along with a medication called Lexiscan to increase blood flow in your coronary arteries.

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  • Cardiac Nuclear Persantine Exercise Stress Test

    The test will help your doctor know if there is an area of your heart that is not getting enough blood. Patients are given both a safe nuclear imaging material and a medication called Persantine.

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  • Cardiac Stress Testing

    Cardiac stress testing uses an EKG and exercise or medication to give your doctor information about how your heart works when it is under stress and beating fast.

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  • Diagnostic Angiogram

    A diagnostic angiogram is a study of your blood vessels. This test helps your doctor diagnose blood vessel disorders or abnormalities.

  • Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram

    This test looks at your heart using both an ultrasound and the drug Dobutamine to make your heart beat harder.

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  • Echocardiogram

    An echocardiogram uses an ultrasound to take images of your heart. This test will help your doctor find certain types of heart problems.

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  • Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG)

    An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a medical test that monitors your heart's electrical activity. An EKG provides information to your doctor about your heart rhythm and heart rate, the size and position of your heart chambers, and effects of drugs or devices used to regulate your heart.

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  • Exercise Stress Test

    Exercise stress testing allows the doctor to determine how well your heart works when it is under stress and beating faster. During an exercise stress test, your heart rhythm and blood pressure are monitored as you walk on a treadmill.

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  • Holter Monitors

    An electrophysiologist uses a holter monitor to diagnose arrhythmias (irregular heart beat). The monitor records your heart rhythm and helps your doctor determine if a problem requires treatment or not.

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  • Implantable Monitoring Devices

    Implantable cardiac monitors are used for patients who have an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia). Implantable monitors help your doctor detect an arrhythmia and determine if additional treatment is needed.

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  • Stress Echocardiogram

    During a stress echocardiogram, small patches on your chest are connected to an electrocardiogram (EKG) monitor to measure your heart's electrical activity. This test helps your doctor determine how well your heart tolerates activity, how well your heart and valves function and if you may have coronary artery disease.

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  • Tilt Table Test

    A tilt table test is used to help your doctor determine the cause of fainting (syncope). Your doctor will monitor your cardiovascular response to changes in position of the table.

  • Transesophageal Echocardiography

    Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is used to view the health of your heart's valves and chambers. The test will look for abnormal tissue surrounding your heart valves, blood clots, narrowed or blocked valves, and how well your heart is pumping.

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  • Vascular Ultrasound

    This non-invasive test evaluates circulation of blood through the arteries and veins in your body. Physicians use this test to diagnose blood clots, narrowing of vessels and deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

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