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Early detection and treatment are essential for those battling cardiac disease. Fortunately, Marina del Rey Hospital is at the forefront of Non-Invasive Cardiology, the detection and non-surgical treatment of heart disease.
A person with a history of heart disease, chest pain with unknown cause or valvular heart disease may be referred for non-invasive evaluation. We provide a broad range of non-invasive cardiovascular services, including:
During an electrocardiogram, your physician uses and electrocardiographic (EKG) machine that evaluates the electrical activity generated by your heart at rest and with activity.
Holter monitors are portable EKG machines that are worn for 1 to 3 days, constantly monitoring a person’s heart and recording the heart’s rhythms for later analysis by your physician.
A transthoracic echocardiogram is a test that examines the function of the heart and uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of cardiac structures.
This is a different approach to an EKG. A special probe is introduced into the esophagus to obtain very clear images of the patient’s heart. When heart structures cannot be seen with a transthoracic EKG and must be examined, a transesophageal echocardiogram is a preferred method.
Stress Tests (Including Routine Exercise, Nuclear or Stress Echocardiography)
Stress testing provides information about how your heart works during physical stress and makes it easier to diagnose some heart problems when your heart is working hard and beating fast. Stress testing is usually used to help diagnose coronary heart disease.
CT Cardiac & Angiography (Heart Vessel Scanning)
Coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) is a noninvasive heart imaging test that provides high-resolution, 3D pictures of the moving heart and great vessels. Coronary CTA is most useful for determining whether symptoms of chest pain may be caused by a coronary blockage, particularly in individuals that may be at risk.