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Diagnosing Arrhythmia

Your doctor may suspect you have an arrhythmia, or an abnormal heart beat.  To help diagnose your condition, your physician may order or perform some of these tests.

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG): This uses electrodes attached to your chest to record your heart’s electrical activity.
  • Electrophysiology study: This is an invasive test in which a wire is put into the heart. It shows problems with the heart’s electrical system.
  • Echocardiogram: This uses sound waves to show images of your heart structure.
  • Holter monitor: This is a device you wear for 24 hours. It records your heartbeats using ECG.
  • Event recorder: This is a device you wear that records any abnormal rhythms of your heart.
  • Stress testing: This looks at how your heart performs when you stress it with exercise.
  • Tilt table testing: This looks at how the heart is affected when your body is moved from a lying position to a standing position on a tilting table.
  • Blood tests: These are done to check the levels of certain minerals, enzymes, and other chemicals in your blood.
  • Implantable loop recorder: This is a small device put in the chest under the skin. It records heart activity when a person feels dizzy or faint.

Testing Specialized for You

At MoBap, you will be tested in one of our very special areas just for our heart patients. Our team is here to put your mind at ease as you go through this testing period, which we know can be an anxious time. We're here for you and will help you every step of the way.

For more information on arrhythmia diagnosis or to schedule an appointment, call us at 314-996-3627 or email us.

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314-996-5000
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