WMH's cardiovascular disease department offers EKG, Holter Monitoring, Stress Testing, Echocardiogram and EEG. (570) 253-8203
RESULTS OF YOUR TESTS MAY BE READ BY THE CARDIOLOGIST OF YOUR CHOICE.
Wayne Memorial's Chief of Cardiology is Matthew Kuber, MD. The Hospital is also affiliated with cardiologists at Great Valley Cardiology and Geisinger Health System.
Echocardiogram- an Echocardiogram, is also called an echo, a test that uses ultrasound (high frequency sound that cannot be heard by the human ear) to create images of the heart. It is a safe and painless test that helps doctors diagnose many kinds of heart problems. Adult and pediatric echoes are performed in our Cardiology Department.
Routine Stress Test- A routine stress test, EKG electrodes will be attached to your chest. This will allow the physician to monitor your heart rate before, during, and after exercise. A blood pressure cuff will be placed on your arm to monitor your blood pressure. You will be walking on a treadmill, very similar to a treadmill used at a gym. Exercising will begin slowly and the pace may increase. As you exercise, your heart rate and blood pressure will change. This is normal and you are closely monitored throughout the exam.
Myoview and Lexiscan Stress Tests- You will begin this stress test in the Nuclear Medicine Department. This test involves an injection of Myoview, which is a radioactive heart isotope; this will allow the technician to be able to take views of your heart. The pictures will show if there is an inadequate blood supply to the heart, usually caused by narrowed or partially blocked arties. When the coronary arties are blocked or narrowed, the heart muscle may not be getting enough oxygen during exercise. This often results in symptoms of angina (chest pain) and abnormal changes on the EKG. Some people are unable to exercise on a treadmill; in these cases, your doctor may decide to use a pharmacological stress agent to simulate the effect of exercise on your heart. These drugs are injected through an IV. The total test time may vary from three to four hours.
Electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG) - AN EKG is done to establish conduction, magnitude and duration of the electrical activity of the heart. This is a five minute procedure.
Holter Monitor-Holter Monitoring is a continuous recording of your heart rhythm, usually 24 hours, while the patient goes about their daily activities. It is used to detect arrhythmias; assess recurrent symptoms, such as dizziness, palpitations, chest pain, or fainting spells; and evaluate the efficiency of anti-arrhythmic treatments, such as medications and pacemakers.
Electroencephalograph (EEG) – An electroencephalograph is indicated for use in the assessment of a patient when a physician suspects neurological disorder, such as a seizure disorder, CVA’s or syncopal episodes.