Finding a Diagnosis

Bayhealth’s renowned heart and vascular experts uphold our commitment to the highest quality standards in diagnostic testing. From our advanced technology to our fellowship-trained radiologists, our entire heart team works to ensure that you receive prompt and accurate test results. Our Cardiac Diagnostic Centers, conveniently located in Kent and Sussex counties, provide comprehensive screenings for the full range of heart conditions.

Among the tests we use to diagnose heart and vascular conditions are:

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG): Electrical pulses generated by your heart are measured and evaluated to determine if any abnormalities or unusual conditions are present.
  • Echocardiography: Sound waves are directed to your heart through a device held up to your chest, causing a pattern that allows the physician to determine if the valves and other parts of the heart are operating properly.
  • Stress test: This test compares cardiac function during exercise and after a period of rest.
  • Holter monitoring: A small device that must be worn over the chest, the Holter monitor records your heart’s electrical activity for a period of 24 hours or more.
  • Chest X-ray: This imaging test can detect fluid buildup in or around the heart, as well as other abnormalities such as an enlarged heart or improperly formed valves.
  • Vascular ultrasound: Doppler ultrasound uses sound waves to create images of the heart and blood vessels.
  • Cardiac catheterization: A liquid dye is injected through a narrow tube (catheter) into an artery, allowing a series of rapid X-rays to create a motion video of the heart and arteries.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): A combination of a magnetic field and radio waves creates three-dimensional images of your heart to determine if disease or physical abnormalities are present.
  • Magnetic Resonance Angiogram (MRA): Radio wave technology combined with a magnetic field creates images of blood vessels.
  • Computerized Tomography (CT): X-ray signals of the body are processed by a computer in narrow “slices,” ensuring image accuracy.
  • Pulse oximetry: This simple test determines whether the oxygenated blood in your body is mixing with deoxygenated blood, which could indicate certain heart conditions.
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE): Performed after an imaging tube is passed through your throat and esophagus, this procedure provides the most accurate view of your heart.

Learn more about how we diagnose and treat specific conditions, or speak with one of our exceptional heart and vascular experts.

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