• Cardiac Diagnostic Testing Available at South Denver Heart Center

  •   Ambulatory Monitoring

    • Blood Pressure Monitoring - Your doctor may want to evaluate your blood pressure throughout the day. The device is worn on the arm, automatically checks your blood pressure throughout the day and keeps a log of it. Once returned, the data is analyzed and given to the doctor for review. It may take a few days to get the results of the test.
    • Event Monitoring - You may have a rhythm which does not occur daily. When activated, the device records a few minutes at a time. When you notice the rhythm that you are concerned about, you can activate the device. The device can be worn for several days.
    • Holter Monitoring - An ambulatory cassette recorder will record your heart's rhythm for up to 24 hours. Electrodes will be placed on your chest. The monitor can be worn over your shoulder. It may take a few days for you to get your test results.

    Cardiac Catheterization

    • Diagnostic - Cardiac catheterization is a very common diagnostic test and is performed in hospitals and in free standing clinics each day. During the procedure, your physician inserts a thin tube into a blood vessel in your groin or arm. This tube is gently directed toward the heart and the coronary arteries. Once in position, dye is injected while x-ray pictures are taken. This test allows the physician to see if there are narrowings in the coronary arteries and just how well the heart is working.

    Calcium Heart Score

    This specialized test is designed to measure the calcium levels in the coronary arteries. The Calcium Heart Score can capture images of a beating heart in five heartbeats, more than twice as fast as conventional multi-slice CT scanners.

    CT Coronary Angiography

    CT angiography is a new method of visualizing the blood vessels in the heart, abdomen and extremities. Computed tomography, "CAT Scan", is a medical diagnostic tool that allows the visualization of internal structures within the body.


    • Echocardiogram - an ultrasound technique that uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart. The picture is much more detailed than a plain x-ray image.
    • Stress Echocardiogram - a test that uses ultrasound images to show how well your heart muscles are working to pump blood to your body, and is mainly used to detect a decrease in blood flow to the heart.

    Pulse Volume Recordings

    A non-invasive test that is performed while the patient is lying down and blood pressures are recorded and compared in the arms and legs. The test is generally performed on individuals who have a diagnosis or diabetes, who smoke, or those who experience symptoms of leg pain at rest or when exercising.

    Stress Testing

    • Exercise Stress Test - A screening tool used to test the effect of exercise on your heart.
    • Metabolic Stress Test - Measures the performance of the heart and lungs while they are under physical stress.
    • Nuclear Stress Test - A nuclear imaging method that shows how well blood flows into the heart muscle, both at rest and during activity.
    • Pharmacological Stress Test - Uses medicine to make the heart work just as it does when you exercise.

    For more information on the various cardiac diagnostic tests we offer call 303-744-1065, then select option #2.

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