Baptist Health La Grange's Cardiopulmonary Services provides a broad range of inpatient and outpatient cardiology and respiratory care services, including diagnostic testing and treatment.
Baptist Health La Grange offers a variety of services to help diagnose heart problems. Studies offered in the cardiology area include:
- Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG). An electrocardiogram is a recording of the heart's electrical activity on a strip of moving paper. It is one of the first tests used to diagnose heart disease, although a normal EKG doesn't guarantee the heart and coronary arteries are normal.
- Echocardiogram. An echocardiogram uses sound waves to produce pictures of the heart in motion. It is used to diagnose abnormalities of the heart valves, the heart muscle and the fluid-filled sac surrounding the heart.
- Holter monitoring. Holter monitoring is a continuous recording of your heart's electrical activity for 24 hours while you go about your normal activities. It is very useful in diagnosing abnormal heart rhythms and in determining whether recurring symptoms such as dizziness, fainting and palpitations are caused by abnormal rhythms.
- Stress testing. Stress testing helps your doctor evaluate your heart at rest, while your heart rate is increasing as you exercise on a treadmill or as a result of medication such as persantine and adenosine, and after your heart rate reaches its peak. The test can show how well the heart muscle is contracting and if portions of the heart muscle are deprived of blood.