When your heart is out of rhythm, it can impact the rhythm of your life. The electrophysiologist of the Kansas City Heart Rhythm Institute at the HCA Midwest Health Heart and Vascular Institute use the most advanced technology to evaluate your heart resulting in an accurate diagnosis and an optimal treatment plan.
Don’t let your arrhythmia go untreated. With seven heart hospitals in Kansas City, you never have to travel far for the testing you need.
Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
An electrocardiogram is a quick and painless test used to measure your heart’s electrical activity at one point in time. EKG stickers (electrodes) are placed on your chest and used to determine if your heart is overworked, fast, slow or irregular.
A holter monitor is a wearable device used to continuously record your heart’s activity overtime. Irregular heart rhythms and symptoms can come and go. This allows your electrophysiologist to assess how your heart acts during everyday activities. Your doctor will provide you with a holter monitor if needed.
Tilt Table Testing
This test is used to see how your heart reacts to a change in position. If you have episodes of unexplained fainting (syncope), this test may be ordered to help identify the cause. The table is used to simulate the act of lying down to standing up while your heart rate and blood pressure are monitored.
Exercise Stress Test
A stress test is used to see how your heart functions during physical activity. If you’re unable to exercise, a stress test may be conducted by administering a medication to simulate the effects of exercise on the heart.
Implantable Loop Monitor
A loop recorder is a type of cardiac event monitor that is placed under the skin on your chest (usually about 1/8 of the size of a USB or pack of gum). It continuously monitors your heart rhythm and can be helpful in diagnosing issues that occur occasionally and are accompanied by severe symptoms. It can also assist with ongoing evaluation of your condition by telling your doctor if your medications, pacemaker or defibrillator is working properly.
Loop monitor implantation procedures are performed as a quick outpatient procedure using local anesthesia.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Heart
MRI is an imaging study of your heart that helps your electrophysiologist understand the structural details of your heart. This will also help them assess for the presence of inflammation, infiltrates and scar tissue which may be critical for the diagnosis and treatment of your heart rhythm condition. Locations
Cardiac Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scan
A PET scan is a nuclear imaging test that helps to measure inflammation in the heart muscle and is an important tool in the diagnosis and treatment of various arrhythmias related to myocarditis (inflammation of the heart) and other cardiomyopathic diseases (disease of the heart muscle). Locations