At Colquitt Regional Medical Center, a number of tests can be performed to diagnose heart function and detect abnormalities.
ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY - ACCREDITED BY ICAEL
Using sound waves, our Registered Cardiac Sonographers can look at the heart, its’ valves and chambers to help detect any abnormal flow of blood through the heart and record these images for the Cardiologist to interpret for your physician.
This test requires the patient to lie on their side with several EKG leads attached. Images and doppler sound waves of the blood flow through the chambers and valves are recorded to help detect abnormalities.
GXT-TREADMILL STRESS TEST
Patients are attached to the EKG monitor and walk on the treadmill to achieve their highest heart rate possible for their age. This is monitored by a nurse and the Cardiologist while this is taking place.
The results are forwarded to the ordering physician and if any further testing is recommended, this is also forwarded to the ordering physician.
NUCLEAR CARDIOLOGY SCANNING
Patients are stressed either on a treadmill or with medication to achieve the maximum heart rate for their age. An IV is started in addition to an injection of a radioactive isotope that allows the heart to be scanned. Images are produced and sent to the cardiologist fro interpretation. This test may take up to four hours to complete.
CARDIAC (HEART) CATHETERIZATION
A cardiac catheterization determines how well the heart is functioning. It is used to diagnose and treat some heart problems. This procedure provides information regarding the health of the heart including: how well the heart valves work, measuring the blood flow & oxygen levels in different parts of the heart and possible heart defects.