One of the most important steps in addressing a person’s heart problem is to first assess the exact nature of the problem. Scarborough Diagnostic Centre cardiologists use a number of different procedures to do just that at our Heart Center. Our facility is accredited by the Corhealth Accreditation, meaning that we have demonstrated a high level of care to our patients. When necessary, our interventional cardiologists conduct CT angiograms, implant loop recorders or perform other minimally invasive procedures to help diagnose what’s wrong with your heart or vascular system. We also perform the following tests on a regular basis:
An electrocardiogram measures electrical activity in the heart.
The Holter monitor is a portable device that measures and records a patient’s heart activity.
This test uses sound waves to help a doctor understand how well a patient’s heart pumps blood.
Various forms of stress testing help doctors determine how the heart functions when physically challenged. In our stress lab, we perform the following stress-related diagnostics:
Also called an exercise stress test, this test helps doctors determine how arrhythmia or coronary artery disease might affect your heart’s ability to function properly.
Using sound waves, an echocardiogram assesses how well a patient’s heart pumps blood. It is performed while the patient is exercising.
With the use of a radioactive dye and an imaging device, a nuclear stress test creates a picture of the patient’s heart, first at rest and then after exertion.