Cardiac Screening and Testing

In screening for, evaluating, and treating a wide variety of cardiovascular conditions, cardiologists, surgeons, and electrophysiologists at St. Vincent’s Regional Heart & Vascular Center can call on leading-edge tools and resources, including the latest non-invasive testing technologies performed in specialized centers of treatment. Click here to see a list of our testing locations.


Women at Heart

Women at Heart at St. Vincent's Regina L. Cozza Center is a heart care program designed especially for the unique needs of women from diagnosis to education and treatment. So much can be done to lower risks, detect problems early, and treat them effectively. Our cardiovascular experts are out in the community providing free or discounted screenings for under insured women and educational seminars to help women live healthier and decrease their chances of heart disease.

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Interventional Catheterization Laboratories

In addition to diagnostic and evaluation services, procedures (catheterization, angioplasty, and stenting) for patients requiring immediate relief from blood vessel blockage are performed in one of three state-of-the-art cath labs that are available around the clock, seven days a week.


Vascular Treatment

Vascular services include screening, non-surgical, and surgical treatments with an emphasis on risk factor reduction. A multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, vascular surgeons, and interventional radiologists all take part in the management and treatment of vascular disease. Treatments include angioplasty and stenting for vascular obstructions, and new endovascular treatments for aortic aneurysms.


Electrophysiology Laboratory

Studies that examine electrical activity of the heart, as well as treatments like implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and minimally invasive trans-catheter ablations are all performed in our state-of-the-art Cardiac Electrophysiology (EP) Laboratory. St. Vincent’s is one of only a few area hospitals to operate a cardiac EP lab that is nationally certified to meet stringent quality standards.


Non-Invasive Cardiac Testing

Diagnostic and stress testing with electrocardiology, echocardiography, and nuclear imaging technologies provides doctors with accurate, non-invasive tools for the evaluation of cardiac function and coronary heart disease.

The Non-Invasive Diagnostic Testing Lab at St. Vincent’s is accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) through its IAC Echocardiography program. This ensures that every aspect of the lab’s daily operation has been, and continues to be, carefully assessed and found to demonstrate a commitment to quality care.

Tests and tools:
  • An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) uses electrodes attached to the skin to detect and record problems with electrical activity in the heart.

  • An Exercise Stress Test is an EKG of the heart while exercising (usually on a treadmill) and is used to diagnose the narrowing of coronary arteries.

  • A Nuclear Stress Test (Perfusion Test) tracks an injectable radioactive substance as it travels to and through your heart while exercising, creating a computer generated picture of the heart that is used to diagnose obstructions caused by coronary artery disease (CAD).

  • A Holter monitor is a portable, wearable EKG device that provides a continuous recording of your heart’s rhythm over 24 to 48 hours, while you go about normal daily activities and even while you sleep. This allows doctors to spot and evaluate heart rhythm changes that may come and go.

  • An echocardiogram (echo) uses a device called a transducer to bounce high-frequency sound waves off of the heart to produce a moving picture of the heart’s chambers, valves, walls, and the blood vessels attached to the heart.

  • A transthoracic echo (TTE) is performed by moving the transducer around on the outside of the chest.

  • A transesophageal echo (TEE) is performed by passing the transducer down the esophagus to generate pictures from inside the chest. This provides a closer look at the heart without interference from the ribs or lungs.

  • A stress echo combines an echo with exercise or medicine to show the effect of exercise on the heart.

The Non-Invasive Lab is in operation from 7:30 am-4 pm, Monday through Friday. For more information, call (203) 576-5353.