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Advanced Diagnostics

Advanced Technology for Diagnosis

Timing and accuracy are critical in the diagnosis of a heart condition. And better diagnoses lead to optimal treatments and outcomes for patients. That's why Advocate Trinity Hospital has invested in state-of-the-art cardiovascular diagnostic technology usually found only at much larger medical institutions. Our diagnostics program allows our board-certified cardiologists to quickly and accurately determine the type and extent of a your heart disease or vascular condition, and then design the best possible customized treatment plan.

Many of our diagnostics involve non-invasive tests that provide detailed views of the heart and arteries, without surgery. This allows physicians to pinpoint problems more accurately and with minimal risk or discomfort to the patient.

Non-invasive diagnostic tests offered at Advocate Trinity Hospital include:

  • Helical CT Scanner - uses an X-ray beam that spirals the body to quickly reveal dangerous plaque build-up inside artery walls.

  • Stress Electrocardiogram Test - measures the heart's activity during actual or simulated physical activity.

  • Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE) - uses ultrasonic waves to produce a clearer image of the heart's structure.

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG) - records electrical activity of the heart and shows abnormal rhythms.

  • Holter Monitoring - monitors electrical activity of the heart over 24 to 48 hours, during normal activities.

  • Echocardiogram - uses sound waves to produce information about the heart's chambers and valves, including size, strength and volume of blood pumped.

  • Arterial/Venous Flow Studies - provides information regarding blood flow in the limbs.

  • Tilt Test Study - evaluates an individual's reaction to changes in blood pressure to determine the cause of fainting.

Learn more about heart tests in our Health Library

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