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Cardiovascular Lab

Heart Care

UnityPoint Health - Trinity

802 Kenyon Road

Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501

515.573.3101

A Wide Variety of Diagnostic Tests

The Trinity Cardiovascular Lab is an ICAL accredited lab staffed by ARDMS (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography) registered sonographers using state-of-the-art equipment.

 

The Cardiovascular Lab is located on the first floor of UnityPoint Health - Trinity. Patients should use the northwest entrance of the hospital (Entrance C) to register and then take the elevator up one floor to the Cardiovascular Lab for testing.

 

A wide variety of tests are offered through the Cardiovascular Lab:

 

Adenosine Stress Test - Is a test that uses the medication Adenosine to make the heart beat faster. This test is used for patients who cannot walk on the treadmill. Patients should follow their doctor's directions to prepare for the test.

 

Aortoiliac Duplex (ultrasound of the aorta) - Is an ultrasound of the aorta (large blood vessel in the abdomen) and the iliac arteries, which bring blood to the legs. Patients should follow their doctor'sdirections to prepare for this test.

 

Arterial Doppler Studies - Is a test that can be performed on the arms or legs. Patients with pain when walking or sores on toes and feet are candidates for this test. No preparation is necessary for this test.

 

Carotid Duplex (ultrasound of blood vessels in neck) - Is an ultrasound of the carotid arteries in the neck. Patients with stroke-like symptoms (weakness or numbness of arm or leg, blurred or double vision, slurred speech or dizziness) are candidates for this test. No preparation is necessary.

 

Dobutamine Stress Echo - Is a test that uses a drug called Dobutamine to increase the heart rate. This test is for patients that cannot walk on the treadmill. Pictures of the heart are taken before, during and after the drug is started. Patients should follow their doctor's directions to prepare for the test.

 

Echocardiogram - Is an ultrasound of the heart and the blood traveling through the heart. Heart function, heart murmurs, fluid around the heart and heart size can all be evaluated with this test. No preparation is necessary for this test.  

 

Electrocardiogram - Is a test that records electrical signals from your heart. The pattern of these signals tell the doctor whether your heart is normal, under stress or experiencing electrical problems, strain or damage. No preparation is necessary for this test.  

 

Event Monitoring - Is a painless way to record a patient's heartbeat. The monitor is a small EKG that patients carry with them for 30 days. No preparation is necessary for this test.
 

Exercise Test (sometimes called Stress Test) - Is a test that shows how the heart reacts to exercise and records the patient's heartbeat while walking on a treadmill. Patients should wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and follow directions from their doctor to prepare for the test.  

 

Holter Monitoring - Is a painless way to record a patient's heartbeat. The monitor is a small EKG that the patient carries with them for 24 hours. No preparation is necessary for this test.  

 

Renal Duplex (ultrasound of the kidneys) - Is an ultrasound of the kidneys and the blood vessels that bring blood to the kidneys. Patients with high blood pressure for long periods of time or kidney failure are candidates for this test. Patients should follow their doctor's directions to prepare for the test.

 

Stress Echo - Is a test that looks at the function of the heart. During a stress echo patients walk on a treadmill to increase their heart rate. Using a flat-headed probe, pictures of the heart are taken before walking on the treadmill and immediately after the treadmill has stopped. Patients should wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and follow their doctor's directions to prepare for the test.

 

TEE (Transesophageal echocardiogram) - Is an ultrasound of the heart using a small probe that is swallowed by the patient. Pictures of the heart are much clearer with this test. Patients should follow the directions from their doctor to prepare for the test.

 

Venous Duplex - Is an ultrasound of the veins of the arms or legs. Patients with pain or swelling in the arms or legs are candidates for this test. No preparation is necessary for this test.