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Heart & Vascular Diagnosis & Testing

Getting an accurate diagnosis of your heart or vascular condition puts you on the best path for the effective treatment that can return you to the life you love.

Diagnosing Chest Pain & Heart Attack

When you or a loved one experience chest pain or you think you may be having a heart attack, fast and precise diagnosis is vital to your health. That's why your best choices in the greater Washington, DC metro are the accredited Chest Pain Centers of Adventist HealthCare, located at Adventist HealthCare Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, MD, and Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center in Rockville, MD.

Cardiovascular Diagnosis & Testing Services

When you work with the expert cardiovascular teams and hospitals of Adventist HealthCare, you gain access to advanced diagnostic tools and comprehensive testing that pinpoints problems and starts your care as quickly as possible. Your physician may use one or more of our diagnostic tests and services, including:

  • Angiography (angiogram) – Combines X-ray, video and a dye-filled catheter inserted into an artery or vein to assess blood flow and help detect narrowing or blockages; also known as coronary or cardiac catheterization or interventional cardiology
  • Blood test – Checks for increased levels of certain enzymes normally found in heart muscle; damage from heart attack may allow these enzymes to leak into your blood
  • Chest X-ray – Creates images of the chest showing heart, lungs, blood vessels, other organs and bones used to help assess internal problems that may cause chest pain
  • Computed tomography (CT) imaging – Uses X-rays to create thin, cross-section scans of the heart for more accurate diagnosis
  • Echocardiogram – Creates a video image of your heart using sound waves to help with diagnosis; may also be conducted using a nuclear scan
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) – Evaluates electrical activity of the heart
  • Electrophysiology (EP) studies – Inserts a tiny electrode through a flexible catheter to study the electrical pathways to and from the heart; used to assess heart rhythm disorders
  • Holter monitoring – Uses electrodes attached to the chest to record the heart’s electrical activity over an extended period
  • Loop recorder – Captures the heart's electrical activity over time through a small implant under the skin of the chest
  • Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) – Creates detailed images of arteries to detect narrowing, swelling, blockage or other abnormalities
  • Physical examination – Checks your pulse, heart rate, heart rhythm, swelling in legs or feet and signs of other conditions, such as thyroid disease, that could be causing problems
  • Stress tests – Measure your heart and blood vessels in response to exercise or exertion; may involve walking on a treadmill, pedaling a stationary bike or taking a medication that simulates heart rates during exercise; may be combined with an echocardiogram or nuclear scan
  • Tilt table testing – Helps identify the causes of fainting
  • Vascular ultrasound – Uses sound waves to create images of blood flow and circulation or blockages in vessels outside the heart

Put Your Heart in Expert Hands at Adventist HealthCare

Ask your doctor to make a referral to the heart and vascular specialists at Adventist HealthCare or find a doctor online. To speak with a member of our experienced cardiovascular team or schedule an in-person appointment, call 1-800-642-0101.

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If you or a loved one experience chest pain, call 9-1-1 now. That's the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment at an Adventist HealthCare Accredited Chest Pain Center.

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