Testing and Procedure Labs
The Maryland Heart Center's labs provide a wide range of cardiac tests and procedures to effectively diagnose and treat heart disease. Both inpatients and outpatients receive the highest care from our board certified cardiologists, who specialize in the early diagnosis and treatment of cardiac disease.
Adult Echo Lab
The Adult Echo Laboratory provides several ultrasound tests of the heart (echocardiograms). These include:
- Transthoracic echo
- Transesophageal echo (TEE)
- Stress echo to evaluate the structure and function of the heart chambers and valves
Echo is also used together with a physical exercise (treadmill) or chemical exercise stress test to view the heart's pumping ability under exercise conditions, while also monitoring the patient's heart's rate, rhythm and any other abnormalities. These tests are available to the patient's health care provider to assist them in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of various heart conditions.
The Stress Lab provides service to inpatients and outpatients referred for the purpose of evaluating or diagnosing heart disease. Several types of stress tests are available depending on a patient's needs and a physician's order. This may involve the patient walking on a treadmill or receiving medication that mimics exercise. Nuclear imaging (pictures) may be requested by a physician to improve interpretation. The patient will have electrodes applied to the chest that will record the heart's impulse during the test. A blood pressure cuff will be placed on the arm to record blood pressure with exercise and during recovery.
EKG testing is a noninvasive diagnostic heart test that records a graph of the heart's electrical impulses. The EKG can show abnormalities in the presence of heart disease. Holter monitoring is a noninvasive procedure that requires the patient to wear a recording monitor for 24 hours. A technician will scan the recording and forward the results to the physician.
For more information on types of diagnostic tests, click here.
Cardiac Catheterization Lab
More than 2,500 procedures are performed annually with state-of-the-art digital imaging equipment in our cardiac catheterization lab. UMMC's board certified cardiologists specialize in the early diagnosis and treatment of cardiac disease. Services provided include:
- Diagnostic cardiac catheterization
- Intra-coronary stenting
- Intravascular ultrasound
- Beta radiation therapy
- Cardiac biopsy
Click here for more details on non-surgical cardiac treatments.
The University of Maryland Heart Center has state-of-the-art electrophysiology (EP) suites. Studies and procedures dealing with the heart's electrical system are performed in these labs. EP studies allow our physicians to diagnose causes of abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) and determine the appropriate treatment.
Treatment may include:
- Ablation (elimination of the abnormal tissue)
Please call if you would like to make an appointment or talk to someone about our services. Patients dial 1-866-408-6885, physicians dial 410-328-6622 or 1-800-318-1019.
This page was last updated: June 14, 2013