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Cardiac Diagnostics

Palos Imaging & Diagnostics now offers numerous outpatient cardiac diagnostic tests, which you can read more about below. All testing is interpreted by a cardiologist.

The testing center is conveniently located at the Palos Health South Campus in Orland Park and can be easily accessed by using Entrance 3 (see map below).

Electrocardiogram

Why is this test performed?

An EKG is a quick test that can reveal heart rhythm irregularities (arrhythmias) and provide clues about potential structural abnormalities of the heart.

How is this test performed?

Sensors (electrodes) are attached to your chest, and sometimes to your legs. These electrodes are connected by wires to a machine that records the electrical activity of your heart. The test usually takes just a few minutes to perform.

Echocardiogram

Why is this test performed?

Physicians request this test to view the heart as it constricts and pumps blood. It shows your heart's movement and takes images of the chambers and valves.

How is this test performed?

During this test, a device called a transducer is placed on the chest at certain angles and locations. It emits sound waves that bounce or “echo” off of your heart.

Stress Test

Why is this test performed?

Physicians often request this test to help them diagnose coronary artery disease or arrhythmias.

How is this test performed?

Your heart’s functionality is assessed as you perform physical activity, by walking on a treadmill. A nurse or medical technician will place sticky patches (electrodes) on your chest. These patches are connected by wires to an electrocardiogram machine, which will record the electrical signal that triggers your heart to beat. Your blood pressure and breathing may also be monitored.

Stress Echocardiogram

Why is this test performed?

Physicians request this test to see how the heart functions during rest and during exercise. It is often used to detect a decrease in blood flow due to coronary artery disease as well as irregular rhythms of the heart (arrhythmias).

How is this test performed?

A stress echocardiogram combines two tests: an exercise stress test and an echocardiogram. Your blood pressure, heart rate and EKG will be recorded as you walk on a treadmill. Before you begin exercising and immediately upon completing exercising, ultrasound images of your heart will be taken.

Holter Monitor

Why is this test performed?

This test is just like an EKG, but allows a physician to record the electrical activity of the heart over a period that typically ranges from 24 – 48 hours. It can help catch heart irregularities that might be missed during a normal EKG.

How is this test performed?

Electrodes will be attached to your chest. They will be connected by wires to a wearable device that record continuous EKG results. Your physician may ask you to take notes during times when you feel symptomatic so that they can later compare your notes with the EKG results.

Event Monitor

Why is this test performed?

This test records EKG results during specific times when you feel symptomatic. It allows your physician to record your heart rhythm over a time frame typically lasting 30 days.

How is this test performed?

This test is similar to a Holter monitor test, but instead of recording constant EKG results, it will record only during the times when you are symptomatic. There are different devices your physician may order. Some have a button which you will press to activate a new EKG test when you feel symptomatic; others have the ability to sense heart rhythm irregularities and will record automatically when those are detected.

A rendering of the Palos Health South Campus in Orland Park

Cardiac Diagnostics