At Community Memorial Hospital, we offer a wide range of tests to pinpoint your heart problem and help doctors determine a solution. All tests are available in our Heart and Vascular Center, nationally recognized for its excellent outcomes.
Our Heart and Vascular Center's echocardiology lab is one of only two in Southeastern Wisconsin to receive a triple accreditation from the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL). The triple accreditation means our highly trained physicians and staff exceed the national standards for transthoracic echo, stress echo and transesophageal echo procedures.
An EKG checks for electrical problems in your heart by translating the heart's electrical activity into line tracings on paper. During an EKG, you lie on a table while small metal discs (electrodes) are placed on your arms, legs and chest. These electrodes are hooked to a machine that records the heart's electrical activity. The spikes and dips in the results show our heart and vascular physicians how your heart is working.
A Holter monitor is a small, portable machine that records your heart's rhythms. It is attached to electrodes stuck on your chest and is carried in a small pouch worn around your neck or waist. Typically, you carry the Holter monitor around with you for 24 to 48 hours, pressing a button when you feel any strange heart rhythms or symptoms. When you return the monitor to your doctor, he or she can cross-reference your heart's electrical activity with your symptoms.
Stress tests are performed to determine the amount of stress your heart can manage before developing an abnormal rhythm or other problem.
An "echo" uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart. Your doctor uses this test to look at how your heart moves and how your blood flows through your valves.
This procedure is similar to a traditional echocardiogram, but during this test, staff will sedate you before it begins. Your doctor inserts a probe with a tiny camera through your esophagus to your heart, where he or she can see whether there are any holes in the chambers of the heart. A transesophageal echocardiogram gives an even clearer image of the heart than a traditional "echo." Doctors often use this procedure on stroke victims.