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Diagnostic Services

Echocardiogram of heart

Rutland Regional Medical Center and Rutland Heart Center offer a comprehensive range of state-of-the-art services to accurately diagnose heart disease, including:

  • Angiogram. This minimally-invasive procedure uses a special dye and x-rays to see how blood flows through the heart, measure a person’s oxygen levels and examine whether arteries are open or blocked.
  • Blood Pressure Monitoring. A blood pressure monitor roughly the size of a cell phone is worn for a 24 hour period on the arm or waist, where it’s connected by a slender hose to an arm blood pressure cuff. Recording blood pressure every hour, it helps physicians determine the severity and scope of hypertension a patient may be suffering.
  • Cardiac Stress Test. The patient walks on a treadmill to monitor the heart, pulse and blood pressure during exercise and detect the presence of coronary artery disease.
  • Cardiac Catheterization. A board-certified interventional cardiologist threads a catheter – a long thin hollow tube – from the groin, up through the femoral artery, and to the heart. Dye is injected through the catheter, allowing pictures of the heart to appear on a computer monitor. The test makes it possible for a physician to view blockages and valve problems.
  • Computed Tomography (CT Scan). A painless, sophisticated, non-invasive procedure that uses radiation and computer technology to create a detailed, cross-sectional picture of the heart and blood vessels.
  • Echocardiogram. Ultrasonic waves are used to produce images of the heart's valves and chambers. It’s most often used to diagnose heart function and structural abnormalities.
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG). A quick, non-invasive test that records the electrical activity of the heart, shows abnormal rhythms and detects signs of heart attack or heart damage.
  • Holter Monitor. A small, portable, battery-powered EKG machine worn by a patient to record heartbeats over a 24- to 48-hour period.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). A powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer are used to produces clear, detailed images of the heart and surrounding tissues.
  • Nuclear Stress Test. Designed to measure blood flow to the heart both while it’s at rest and during exercise, this test involves the patient being injected with a small dose of radioactive dye and then walking on a treadmill.
  • Cardiac and Vascular Ultrasound. Sound waves are used to examine blood vessels and detect signs of a dilatation or blockage.

All of these tests are performed on an outpatient basis.

Contact Us

You can reach the Rutland Heart Center at 1.855.RHC.BEAT (1.855.742.2328) or at 802.747.3600.

Rutland Heart Center
12 Commons Street
Rutland, VT 05701

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