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Cardiology

Heart Disease is the nation's leading health problem and cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. We have been the regional leader in providing high quality, compassionate cardiac care to the residents of Mercer County. We involve the patient and family in the identification, treatment, rehabilitation and education through our attention and care to individual needs.

With our highly trained physicians and staff, we are able to provide state-of-the-art heart care to our patients with cardiovascular disease. We pride ourselves in being the only regional heart center to offer a full spectrum of individualized services.

Diagnostic Tests

If your physician is concerned about your risk for heart disease, he/she may order one of the following diagnostic tests:

Angiography
Angiography is a x-ray of arteries to the heart, brain, kidney and extremities.

Cardiopulmonary Exercise Stress Test
An exercise stress test that is used to evaluate the heart's function while performing activities.

Doppler Ultrasound
This is an ultrasound test used to look at the arteries of the neck, upper extremities and lower extremities.

Echocardiogram
An echocardiogram is a type of ultrasound technique used for viewing the heart.

Electrocardiogram (EKG, ECG)
An electrocardiogram is a measure of the heart rhythms and electrical impulses.

Holter Monitor
A Holter monitor is a portable EKG that can be worn underneath the clothes to monitor for any heart abnormalities.

MUGA Scan (Nuclear Imaging)
The purpose of this test is to examine how well the heart is functioning as a pump.

Positron Emission Tomography (PET Scan) (Nuclear Imaging)
Positron emission tomography of the heart visualizes various aspects of heart tissue function.

Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) (Nuclear Imaging)
The SPECT test involves taking a series of pictures around the chest after injecting a tracer (chemical that can be viewed) into the blood.

Thallium Stress Test (Nuclear Imaging)
The Thallium stress test is a type of nuclear scanning test or myocardial perfusion (blood flow) imaging test.
 

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