When heart abnormalities are suspected, you want to know you have the best people guiding your care. You can be assured of that when you undergo cardiac testing at University Health. Our technicians and cardiologists have extensive experience administering and analyzing heart rhythm and heart imaging tests.
Cardiology testing can be performed at both University Health Lakewood Medical Center and University Health Truman Medical Center. Many of the tests are performed as outpatient procedures, so no stay is required.
An extensive array of heart tests
When you need to undergo heart testing, you may be a little nervous. Be sure to ask the technician any questions you may have about how the tests are done and why. Our caring and supportive staff will be with you throughout your testing, making sure you're safe and comfortable.
Most of these tests are available at both University Health Lakewood Medical Center and University Health Truman Medical Center, so you often can choose the location most convenient for you.
Tests available include:
- Ankle brachial index, which screens for peripheral vascular disease. (This test is only available at TMC HSD.)
- CT calcium scoring. This noninvasive heart scan measures the amount of calcified plaque in your coronary arteries. (This test is only available at University Health Truman Medical Center.)
- Echocardiogram, which uses sound waves to provide information about your heart's structure and how it's working.
- Electrocardiogram (EKG). This test monitors the electrical activity of your heart.
- Holter monitoring. This is a wearable monitor that provides a continuous EKG of your heart's activity throughout a 24-hour period.
- Nuclear stress testing, which uses a radioactive dye and imaging machine to show the blood flow to your heart at rest and during exertion. (This test is only available at University Health Truman Medical Center.)
- Stress testing, which evaluates how your heart performs during various levels of activity. If your condition permits, you'll walk on a treadmill to get your heart beating. If you can't walk on a treadmill, medication will be given to help speed your heart rate.
- Tilt table test. This test helps find out if fainting or dizziness is due to a heart issue.
- Transesophageal echocardiography, which uses sound waves to produce detailed pictures of your heart.
Learn more about cardiac testing
You'll need a doctor's referral to undergo any of these heart tests. To learn more, call University Health Truman Medical Center at 816.404.1225. Or call University Health Lakewood Medical Center at 816.404.9029.