Cardiology Innovations is the Non-Invasive Diagnostic Lab, where our qualified cardiovascular technicians offer a range of tests for your cardiovascular care. These tests are performed to determine the necessary method of treatment.
Cardiology Innovations is a partnership between St. Mary-Corwin and Pueblo Cardiology Associates to create better access to cardiology services in Pueblo and southern Colorado and to deliver timely customer focused service for patients and referring physicians. Cardiologists and a dedicated nurse practitioner are on site to perform pre-operative testing and all tests are read by a board-certified cardiologist – ensuring quick and timely results to your physician. Additionally, these services can be conveniently scheduled in conjunction with surgical pre-assessment testing.
Non-Invasive Diagnostic Tests include:
- Echocardiogram is a heart ultrasound that uses sound waves to to make an image of the heart in motion that a cardiologist uses for diagnosing illness. It is also commonly called an Echo test.
- Echocardiogram Stress Testis a Treadmill Test that is combined with a heart ultrasound and an EKG that is used to determine heart function after exertion. Echo images are taken at rest and peak exercise levels.
- Echocardiogram Bubble Study that uses agitated saline to create micro-bubbles that make the heart chambers more visible and are useful in diagnosing certain heart abnormalities.
- Dobutamine Stress Echowhich combined with a heart ultrasound, uses an IV medication, Dobutamine to increase the heart rate in patients who are unable to perform a standard Echocardiogram Stress Test. The medicine is given using an IV and the images are taken at rest and peak levels. No caffeine 2-4 hours before test.
- Cardiolite Stress Testuses a standard Treadmill (or Dobutamine if a patient is unable to walk), combined with the injection of a radioisotope into an IV at rest and peak exercise levels to determine heart function. Images are taken using a scanning camera which monitors the distribution of Cardiolite medicine through the heart. No caffeine 2-4 hours before test.
- Transesophageal Echocardiogramuses a long camera that is passed through the esophagus (also known as the food pipe) to take pictures of the heart in much more detail. Conscious sedation is given during this test to help the patient pass the camera. The patient must have someone available to drive them home as the sedation makes it unsafe to drive immediately after the test. No caffeine 4 hours before test.
- Tilt Table Test is used to determine a possible cause for fainting. It is used with continuous EKG and blood pressure monitoring.
Plain Cardiac Stress Test is a Treadmill test that is used in conjunction with an EKG to determine heart function after exertion. No caffeine 2-4 hours before test.
Holter Monitor is a small device is worn by the patient and provides continuous recording of electrical activity of the heart while a patient is going about their usual daily activities.
- Event Monitoris a small device is worn by the patient between 7-30 days and records a heart rhythm strip while a patient is feeling symptoms. This is recorded by the patient pushing a button during symptoms.
- Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoris worn around the arm and records blood pressure every 30 minutes for 24 hours.
- Electrocardiogramis a test that uses 10 lead wires to determine the electrical function of the heart.
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