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Transthoracic Echocardiography (TTE)

An echocardiogram is also called an echo or cardiac ultrasound. It is a painless test that takes pictures of the heart’s chambers, valves, and the walls using sound waves.  

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Stress Test

A stress test is also called an exercise, heart or cardiac stress test. This test checks how your heart works under stress and can show if there is blockage in your blood vessels. You will either be given medicine, or you will exercise on a treadmill or an exercise bike. During the Test Small pads…

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Holter Monitor

The Holter monitor is worn to record your heart rate for 24, 48 hours, or up to 30 days. The monitor is carried in your pocket or in a small pouch worn around your neck. You will be asked to record any signs you have while you wear the monitor, such as: Feeling dizzy Feeling…

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Coronary Angioplasty

Your heart’s arteries can become blocked or narrowed from a buildup of cholesterol, cells or other substances (plaque). This can reduce blood flow to your heart and cause chest discomfort. Sometimes a blood clot can suddenly form or get worse and completely block blood flow, leading to a heart attack. Angioplasty opens blocked arteries and…

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Coronary Artery Bypass Graft

Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) is a heart operation. It uses blood vessels taken from another part of your body to go around or “bypass” blocked or narrowed coronary (heart) arteries. The surgery helps people whose coronary arteries have become narrowed or blocked by fatty material called plaque. The bypass allows more blood and oxygen…

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Pacemaker

A pacemaker is a small device that helps control your heart rate by: Speeding up the heart rate when it is too slow Slowing down the heart rate when it is too fast Helping the rhythm of the heart beat regularly – this is if you have a pacemaker combined with a defibrillator, also called…

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High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls. High blood pressure (HBP) means the pressure in your arteries is higher than it should be. Another name for high blood pressure is hypertension. Blood pressure is written as two numbers, such as 112/78 mm Hg. The top, systolic, number is the pressure…

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Orthostatic Hypotension

Your body has a network of blood vessels made up of arteries, veins, and capillaries. The heart pumps blood into the arteries, which carry the blood throughout the body. Blood pressure is the pressure or force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries. Blood pressure is written as two numbers; for example, 120…

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Atrial Fibrillation

Normally, your heart contracts and relaxes to a regular beat. Certain cells in your heart make electric signals that cause the heart to contract and pump blood. These electrical signals show up on an electrocardiogram (ECG) recording. Your doctor can read your ECG to find out if the electric signals are normal. In atrial fibrillation…

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Arrhythmia

An arrhythmia is an abnormal heart rhythm. It may feel like fluttering or a brief pause. It may be so brief that it doesn’t change your overall heart rate (the number of times per minute that your heart beats). Or it can cause the heart rate to be too slow or too fast. Some arrhythmias…

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