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Lab Testing and Monitoring

Baylor Scott ​& White Medical Center – Lake Pointe

After consulting with your providers, you may be a candidate for treatments to improve your heart functioning. Some tests and treatment options include:

  • Echocardiography lab – a test that uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart
  • EKG/stress lab – a test to see the effect of exercise on the heart where the electrical activity of the heart is measured
  • Cardiac catheterization lab – a procedure when a slender tube (catheter) is inserted and guided through the arteries into the heart, and a dye is injected and observed as it flows through the arteries, allowing cardiologists to see the amount of flow that is allowed within the arteries
  • Vascular imaging – conducted to create dynamic visual images of organ vasculature and blood flow through the use of high frequency sound waves
  • Radial artery catheterization – a less invasive technique, the radial artery approach allows a cardiologist to insert the catheter through the radial artery in the wrist instead of through the femoral artery in the leg for the dye to be injected and observed to identify diseased arteries​
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