Cardiac Imaging and Stress Testing in Burlington, VT
The University of Vermont Medical Center offers state-of-the-art equipment, knowledgeable cardiologists and radiologists, and highly-qualified staff to diagnose various heart conditions using cardiac imaging and stress testing.
Tests are performed by skilled technologists and are interpreted by experienced The UVM Medical Center physicians.
Our physicians have active roles as professors and researchers at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and many are considered to be leaders in the field. Their ongoing involvement in education and research ensures you of care that is informed by the latest knowledge.
And as a university hospital, The UVM Medical Center is able to provide you and your loved one's with access to many of the latest life-saving technologies.
Cardiac imaging is a term that refers broadly to the use of radiology tests that examine the heart and circulatory system to find blockages or damaged heart muscle. Common examples of technology used for cardiac imaging include:
A stress test evaluates a patient's exercise tolerance and determine if there is narrowing in an artery leading to the heart muscle — a warning sign of a possible heart attack. By comparing the electrical activity of the heart before, during, and after physical exercise, your doctor can determine how well the heart muscle is functioning during increased stress.
Although stress cardiac imaging has improved our ability to diagnose coronary artery disease and determine risk for future cardiac events, exercise testing alone remains a valuable tool for guiding patient management. Exercise testing can be helpful in the evaluation of patients with valvular heart disease, palpitations, arrhythmias, and chest pain, especially when the likelihood of coronary artery disease is low.
The duration of exercise, peak heart rate and blood pressure, as well as the electrocardiographic response are each important descriptors of disease and outcome.
Exercise testing is available at both The UVM Medical Center Medical Center as well as at our outpatient facilities on Tilley Drive in South Burlington. Treadmill machines are available at both facilities. For patients unable to use a treadmill, Bicycle ergometry is available at the Medical Center. In unusual situations involving patients with lower extremity disability and when exercise rather than pharmacologic stress is preferable, arm exercise stress testing is available at the Medical Center.
Testing on the Treadmill without imaging is an appropriate procedure for many patients being evaluated for chest pain palpitations, or arrhythmias.
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