Whatever heart problem you may be facing, our experienced heart care team is equipped to diagnose, treat and manage your care.
You receive highly specialized care from our cardiac experts at every stage – prevention, diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
Diagnostic testing is key to quickly and accurately assessing the condition of your heart. Many of these tests are performed on an outpatient basis, and your doctor may order several for you.
Our physicians and staff are committed to quickly and efficiently diagnosing your heart condition so you can get started on the road to recovery. The diagnostic testing services we offer include:
- Electrocardiogram (ECG) is a test that measures the electrical activity of your heart to help your doctor determine if your heart is functioning normally.
- Holter monitoring uses a device about the size of a cell phone to monitor your heart’s activity as you go about your normal daily activities.
- Exercise stress testing records your heart’s activity while you are undergoing physical exercise.
- Coronary calcium scan—also known as cardiac calcium scoring—is a simple, non-invasive scan of your heart. More info below.
- Echo (diagnostic and exercise) uses sound waves—called ultrasound—to examine your heart’s size, shape and motion.
- Nuclear medicine imaging testing uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose and assess a heart condition.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses magnetic waves and computers to capture two- and three-dimensional images of the heart, helping your doctor to diagnose your heart condition.
Coronary Calcium Scan
A coronary calcium scan, also known as cardiac calcium scoring, is a simple, non-invasive scan of your heart and can be the most convenient way to evaluate your risk for a heart attack or heart disease. Heart scans can be beneficial for people who have no symptoms of heart disease but who do smoke, have diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure or a family history of heart disease. HCA Midwest Health offers this simple scan at each of our five accredited chest pain centers. Call your physician to see if you qualify for a cardiac calcium scan.