The human heart is a hard-working muscle that is vital for the proper functioning
of the rest of the body. Without a healthy heart, your organs and tissues
cannot receive adequate oxygen and nutrients, keeping them from performing
at their optimal levels. There are many diagnostic procedures, both old
and new, that physicians have at their disposal to check a patient’s
cardiac condition. These
diagnostic tests include, but are not limited to:
This test uses a contrast agent to visualize the structures of your heart
with great clarity and detail. The contrast agent enhances the “echoes”
that are reflected back from the heart to the transducer, which allows
a physician to monitor various aspects of
An echocardiogram is a test that uses the echoes of sound waves to produce
a live image of the heart in motion. This test visualizes the shape and
size of the heart and its chambers and valves.
Exercise Tolerance ECG
This test monitors the functioning of your heart in response to increases
and decreases in physical activity.
When your physician cannot ‘catch’ a cardiac problem with
a single ECG, he or she may order a Holter monitor test. This test is
used to monitor the heart rhythm and rate continuously for a certain period of time.
This test is performed to monitor the blood flow to the heart muscle through
the coronary arteries. The scan uses a radioactive ‘tracer’
to visualize the blood flow to the heart muscle.
In this test, images of the vascular system are formed by ultrasound to
evaluate the body’s arteries and veins.
Regional Medical Center of San Jose is proud to provide the full range of cardiac diagnostic tests
to the community of San Jose, California. If you would like to learn more
about our services, please contact our friendly staff at (408) 259-4000 today.