Cardiac Diagnostic Services

Our doctors use the latest imaging techniques and other exams to diagnose heart and vascular disease. These techniques can help identify disease at the earliest stages, when it can be treated most effectively.

Heart and Vascular Disease Diagnosis

Doctors at the Florence Wormald Heart & Vascular Institute at St. Elizabeth use a wide range of diagnostic tests to identify disease and plan treatment. We offer specialized testing for heart arrhythmias, as well as minimally invasive diagnostic exams in our Cardiac Catheterization Labs.

Noninvasive Heart and Vascular Testing

Your doctor may order one or more of these noninvasive exams to assess your condition and determine the best course of treatment:

  • Blood tests – Can determine cholesterol and fat levels in your blood, check for infection, or search for proteins or other elements that can signal heart disease.

  • Computed tomography (CT) – Uses X-rays to detect calcium deposits found in plaque, which accumulates inside the walls of arteries.
  • Echocardiogram (EKG) – Allows your doctor to see your heart beating, as well as your heart valves and other structures. An EKG uses sound waves, so there’s no exposure to radiation.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – Creates detailed, still and moving pictures of your heart and blood vessels from many views. MRI scans use magnetic and radio waves (no radiation), so you can’t have this type of scan if you have a metallic implant.
  • Nuclear medicine test (PET scan) – Determines how much blood your heart pumps with each beat, using a small amount of a radioactive substance (tracer).
  • PET/CT scan – Combines CT and nuclear medicine testing to examine how your blood flows through your heart. A PET/CT also allows your doctor to see inside your arteries to look for plaque formation.

  • Stress test – Allows your doctor to monitor your heart while you exercise. If you can’t exercise, your doctor will give you medicine that simulates exercise by increasing blood flow to your heart. Stress tests can be combined with other exams, such as a stress echocardiogram or a nuclear stress test.
  • Vascular ultrasound – Examines circulation in your blood vessels and can identify peripheral artery disease (PAD). The exam can look at vessels in your neck (carotid), abdomen, arms and legs, or kidneys. We offer diagnostic testing at a variety of locations. Your doctor will discuss which tests are right for you.
Heart Imaging

Schedule Diagnostic Testing

You must have a doctor’s order before you schedule diagnostic testing:

Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time, and bring your insurance cards, photo ID and the doctor’s order for each test.

St. Elizabeth Heathcare Cardiovascular Mobile Health Unit

Unparalleled Heart Care

St. Elizabeth Edgewood has attained advanced certification by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association as a Comprehensive Cardiac Center, placing us in an elite group of hospitals that have met high standards to fully address the needs of patients with complex cardiac conditions.

The Joint Commission and American Heart Association Certification - Meets Standards for Comprehensive Cardiac Center