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Cardiovascular Services

Diagnostic Cardiology

St. Clair Hospital offers a full range of diagnostic testing, including ECG, holter monitoring, event recording, echocardiogram, cardiac CT angiography, and stress tests.

ECG

Also known as a cardiogram. It is a simple test that records a “snapshot” of the electrical activity of the heart. From this recording, a cardiologist can determine the rhythm of the heart, as well as whether there has been any injury to heart muscle.

Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) testing is available without an appointment. Hours of operation at the St. Clair Hospital site are as follows:

Monday and Tuesday:  7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday:  7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday:  8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Stress Tests

Records how well the heart functions when it is forced to work harder. For patients who can safely exercise, walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bicycle will produce the desired effect. For patients unable to exercise, certain medications that mimic the effect of exercise on the heart might be administered. The information from a stress test is used to diagnose coronary artery disease.

Stress testing requires an appointment and a physician prescription.

To schedule an appointment for an Echo Stress Test, please call 412.942.3060

To schedule an appointment for a Nuclear Perfusion Stress Test (learn more), please call 412.942.3220

Echocardiogram

A test that uses sound waves to examine the heart. The echo provides pictures of the heart’s size, motion and valve function. From these pictures, a cardiologist can determine if there is heart disease. All of St. Clair’s echocardiographers are registered with the Association of Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and the echo lab is accredited by The Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditations of Echocardiographic Laboratories.

Echocardiogram services are available by appointment only, and a physician prescription is required. To schedule an appointment, please call 412.942.3060.
 

 

Our cardiologists and cardiac surgeons are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide scheduled and emergency cardiac care.

Cardiac CT Angiography (CTA)

CTA is a specialized non invasive exam made possible by advanced high speed 64 slice computed tomography techniques minimizing heart motion to create high resolution images of the heart and coronary vessles. Learn More

Holter Monitoring

Records the electrical activity of the heart over a continuous 24-hour record while the patient goes about his or her daily activities. It is used to diagnose any abnormal heart rhythms.

Event Recording

A method of recording the heart rhythm during symptoms or an “event.” A small portable monitor is worn over a period of days. When symptoms are present, the wearer presses a button and the device records and stores the heart’s electrical activity during the event. It is designed to aid physicians in difficult to diagnose symptoms including palpitations, shortness of breath, chest discomfort, dizziness and syncope.  

More Information

For more information on Diagnostic Cardiology Services, please call 412.942.3070.