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SUMMER/FALL 2012 7 TOOLS OF THE TRADE Diagnosing Heart Disease Just as auto mechanics use diagnostic tools to find and fix problems with engines, doctors today rely on a variety of tests to help diagnose and treat heart disease. Beloit Health System’s Heart and Vascular Center The cardiologists at Beloit Health System recommend you talk to your doctor about Cardiologist Team your risk factors for heart disease. Your doctor or cardiologist might recommend any From prevention and screenings to diagnosis and treatment, our expert cardiologist team of the following tests. at Beloit Health System cares for your heart. For more information, call (608) 364-5205. Blood pressure reading: An estimated one in three adult Americans has high blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease that has no symptoms. Getting your blood pressure tested is simple and fast. A blood pressure cuff inflated over your upper arm is used to measure the force of blood Dr. Leo Egbujiobi Dr. Maria Taveras Dr. Nadine Thomas Dr. Robert Harner in your arteries as your heart beats (systolic pressure) and relaxes between beats (diastolic pressure). Holter monitor: If your doctor needs to Electrophysiology study (also called an Cholesterol screening: High cholesterol monitor your heart over a longer span EPS): During an EPS, wires or electrodes is another major risk factor for heart disease than with a regular EKG, you may need to are inserted in the groin and guided through that shows no warning signs, so it is wear a Holter monitor around your neck or a catheter to the heart, where they can important to get a cholesterol screening. waist. This small, battery-operated device monitor the heart’s electrical activity. This A lipid profile is a blood test that generally works much like a regular EKG machine, can help determine what may be causing an requires fasting for 12 hours before the test. but is portable and can monitor the heart’s abnormal heart rhythm. The results show your total cholesterol, electrical activity for 24 hours (or longer time Peripheral arterial studies: A peripheral high-density lipoprotein (HDL or “good” periods) while you go about your normal arterial study is an ultrasound study cholesterol), low-density lipoprotein (LDL or daily activities. assessing the flow of blood into your legs “bad” cholesterol) and triglyceride levels. Stress test: To find out how well your and is very accurate. These levels help predict your risk of having heart performs under physical stress or plaque buildup that may narrow or block Venous studies and mapping: Using exertion, you may be given an EKG while your arteries. ultrasound, we can map and diagram exercising on a treadmill. Or you may be venous clots in the upper and lower Electrocardiogram (also called an EKG given medication that causes the heart to extremities. This study evaluates the veins or ECG): An EKG uses electrodes (small work harder and beat faster. This is called a for the presence or absence of deep vein adhesive patches) placed on your arms, legs stress test, and it can help doctors discover thrombosis, and provides information and chest to monitor the heart’s electrical whether your arteries are supplying enough regarding superficial veins. activity. An EKG displays the heart’s blood to your heart electrical signals and can reveal irregular KNOWLEDGE AND ACTION ARE Coronary catheterization (angiogram, POWERFUL TOOLS heartbeats, heart muscle damage and blood angiography or arteriography): During Knowing your risk factors and following a flow problems. these types of tests, a thin, flexible tube is heart-healthy lifestyle can help keep your Echocardiogram: This ultrasound test threaded through a blood vessel in your heart running at its best. To learn more changes sound waves into images, allowing groin or arm to your heart. Fluid injected about your heart health, talk to your primary doctors to view the heart and examine how through the tube allows any possible blood care provider or a cardiologist at Beloit well it is pumping, as well as look for valve flow problems and/or blockages to be Health System or NorthPointe. problems and signs of heart failure. viewed on an X-ray.
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