Cardiac Tests Available at UPMC Jameson
Stress testing – physical exercise on a treadmill is used to evaluate the heart’s response. Stress testing is recommended to all individuals age 50 and older. Other risk factors or symptoms of heart disease may prompt your doctor to order a stress test for you at a younger age.
Pharmacological stress tests– for patients who cannot undergo the treadmill stress test, a stimulant medication reacting with increased blood circulation, as would occur during exercise, is injected.
Electrocardiogram (EKG) – a test that monitors the heart’s electrical activity
Echocardiogram – an examination of the heart via ultrasound imaging
Stress echocardiogram – a combination test using ultrasound while the heart is at rest and also while on the treadmill.
Dobutamine echocardiogram – this test, which involves injecting a stimulant medication to simulate exercise, may be selected if you are unable to exercise on a treadmill or stationary cycle.
Holter monitor – also known as ambulatory cardiac monitoring or event monitoring, a Holter monitor continuously records your activities for 24 hours.
Following a cardiac event or a cardiac procedure, your doctor may order several weeks of cardiac rehabilitation to help strengthen your heart and lungs to regain your health. Located at the Jameson Center for Cardiac Health on Wilmington Road, cardiac rehabilitation at UPMC Jameson is a medically-supervised program designed to help improve overall physical, mental, and social functioning after a cardiac event or procedure.
- Nutrition counseling
- Exercise education and monitoring
- Risk factor assessment, including high blood pressure, smoking, high blood cholesterol, physical inactivity, obesity, and diabetes
- Emotional guidance and support, as well as recommendations on when to return to work and other activities
- Identification of physical limitations and how to improve capacities
- Medication counseling