The Heart Center at CHI St. Joseph Health has a long and respected history of successfully diagnosing and treating heart disease.
Heart diagnostic tests are important in determining if a heart attack has occurred, if damage has occurred to the heart muscle, and if coronary artery disease is present. Proper testing and diagnostics are vital to the development of an effective treatment plan.
CHI St. Joseph Health’s Heart Center has invested heavily in the most advanced diagnostic equipment and a team of experts who work together to analyze results.
Non-invasive and invasive diagnostic tests.
Non-invasive heart diagnostic tests include the use of imaging and may involve an intravenous injection of a contrast agent. Invasive procedures can include insertion of a tube, device or scope, as is done during a heart catheterization.
Whichever heart diagnostics your doctor decides are needed to discover what’s going on with your heart and surrounding arteries and blood vessels, CHI St. Joseph Health has the resources to provide fast, accurate results.
How can you know if you’re at risk?
One of the keys to preventing heart disease is managing your risk factors. These include high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high blood sugar as well as family history and genetics. The best way to know if you have any of these risk factors is through the use of heart screening tests and regular visits to your cardiologist.
And when your cardiologist recommends certain heart screenings to monitor your heart health, we’ve got the systems in place to provide the latest and best options for you. Diagnostic and screening tools, laboratory facilities and experts in imaging and other data analysis, all trained and equipped to understand heart disease and the best ways to prevent it.
The good news is that many heart disease risk factors can be controlled, including:
- Tobacco Smoke
- High Blood Cholesterol
- High Blood Pressure
- Physical Inactivity
- Obesity and Overweight
Your cardiologist will recommend the best timing for heart screenings and offer prevention advice specific to your health and risk factors.