Services Cardiac Diagnostics & Testing

Cardiac Diagnostics & Testing

Electrocardiogram (EKG) – This test records the electrical activity of your heart. It helps your doctor decide whether you need treatment for irregular heartbeats. No special preparation is required, and the procedure is painless. The EKG takes about 15 minutes to complete.

Echo & Vascular Ultrasound ­– A variety of tests use sound waves to create a moving picture of your heart, your major arteries and the venous system to show your doctor how your heart and circulatory system are functioning.

Event Monitor – This device records your heart rhythm when you feel symptoms or an “event.” At the time of the event, you push a button to record your symptoms. The data will be transmitted 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Generally, you wear the monitor for 30 days. However, your doctor might opt for a shorter period such as 14 days or 7 days.

Holter Monitor – This device records your heart rhythm for one to two days. You will need to keep a diary while you wear the monitor. The diary provides your doctor with important information to evaluate the effects of work, rest and play on your heart. You can’t get the monitor wet, so you’ll have to take sponge baths during the testing.

Stress Test ­– The exercise stress test, the most common stress test, evaluates how your heart functions during exertion. While you walk on a treadmill, your heart rhythm, blood pressure and physical responses are recorded. The test is done to evaluate the source of chest pain or other symptoms, evaluate your heart medications or to assess your fitness level. In certain cases, your stress test might also include nuclear medicine imaging or ultrasound imaging along with the treadmill exercise.

If you’re not able to walk on a treadmill, we have medications that help simulate the effect of exercise on your heart.

LUX/LINQ Implantable Monitor – The LUX/LINQ records the patient’s heart rhythm nonstop and monitors conditions such as atrial fibrillation or abnormal rhythms. The procedure takes about 5 minutes to implant the tiny device under the skin of a patient’s chest. The LUX/LINQ is a diagnostic tool which helps to understand potential serious problems such as A-Fib, which can cause strokes or life-threatening rapid heart rhythms which can cause sudden death. Patient Education Video

Calcium Scan – A calcium scoring scan is a 10-minute CAT scan that requires no needles, prep or recovery time. This scan can detect heart disease early enough to take preventative measures to reduce the risk of a heart attack. Learn more. 

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Monument Health Heart and Vascular Institute at 5th Street South Clinic 4150 5th Street, Rapid City, SD 57701 605.755.4300 Location Details
Monument Health Heart and Vascular Institute at Rapid City Hospital 353 Fairmont Boulevard, Rapid City, SD 57701 605.755.4300 Location Details