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Tilt Table Test

What you need to know about the Tilt Table Test What is a tilt table test? The tilt table test (also called a passive head-up tilt test or head upright tilt test) records your blood pressure and heart rate on a minute-by-minute basis while the table is tilted in a head-up position at different levels. […]

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Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT)

Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT) Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is a device-based therapy for patients with damaged heart muscles, electrical timing abnormalities, and symptomatic heart failure. Also known as biventricular pacing (bi-V pacing), CRT can be accomplished with either a pacemaker or an ICD (see pacemaker and ICD sections for further details on these procedures). CRT […]

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Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs)

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) An “implantable defibrillator” is more correctly called an “implantable cardioverter defibrillator” or ICD for short. ICDs are intended for patients who have had or are at high risk for developing life-threatening rapid heart racing attacks called ventricular tachycardia (VT) or ventricular fibrillation (VF) that can lead to death. An ICD is […]

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Coronary Angioplasty (PCI)

Definition Coronary angioplasty (AN-jee-o-plas-tee), also called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), is a procedure used to open clogged heart arteries. Angioplasty involves temporarily inserting and blowing up a tiny balloon where your artery is clogged to help widen the artery. Angioplasty is often combined with the permanent placement of a small wire mesh tube called a […]

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Electrical Cardioversion

Electrical Cardioversion is a procedure carried out to restore a normal cardiac rhythm in selected patients whose heart rhythm is abnormal. It involves the controlled delivery of energy through the chest wall in order to “electrically reset” the heart. Most scheduled cardioversions are done for patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) or atrial flutter (AFL). Sometimes, […]

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Echocardiogram

      The operator puts some clear gel on your chest and then places an ultrasound probe on it. The probe sends ultrasound beams into your body and their reflections are detected and used to generate images of the heart. You can see different parts of your heart on a screen as the probe […]

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Electrophysiology Studies

What is an electrophysiology study? An electrophysiology study, or EPS, is a diagnostic procedure to look more closely at the electrical function of your heart. It is the most accurate and reliable method of evaluating your heart rhythms and will help your physician determine the treatment option that is most appropriate for you. How does […]

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Cardiac Catheterization & Coronary Angiography

Cardiac catheterization is a diagnostic procedure that provides your doctor with information that can not be obtained by any other means. The procedure is sometimes referred to as a coronary angiogram or coronary arteriography, and is simply a special X-ray test used to look at the arteries and chambers of the heart. A cardiac catheterization […]

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