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The Cardiac Diagnostics Department at Dickinson Memorial Hospital specializes in a broad variety of diagnostic testing of the heart. The department has kept pace with the changes in medical technology and provides sophisticated, non-invasive testing that can often eliminate the need for more costly and more invasive diagnostic surgery. Patients are able to obtain their diagnostic work-ups without the necessity or inconvenience of traveling long distances to medical and regional centers. The Cardiac Diagnostic Staff is nationally certified and registered in their respective specialties, and the Echocardiography Lab is nationally accredited.
ELECTROCARDIOGRAM (EKG)During an electrocardiogram (commonly called EKG), an electrical signal naturally flows through your heart causing it to contract and relax. An EKG records and displays this signal. Based on the appearance of this signal, heart rhythm, arrhythmias, strain, previous damage, and medication effects can be assessed. During an EKG, you will be asked to lie on your back in a relaxed manner. Electrodes are placed in various positions around the chest, arms and legs, and a tracing is recorded. The procedure is painless and only takes a few minutes.
PACEMAKER EVALUATIONS Sometimes, due to age, disease or certain medications, the human heart will miss beats or lose its normal, regular rhythm. Patients experiencing these rhythm abnormalities are usually given a pacemaker. This is a device that is connected by wires, internally, to the heart and is then placed under the skin in the chest wall. It continuously monitors your heart to make sure it is beating evenly and regularly. If the heart is not beating correctly, it will assist the heart by giving it as close to a normal, regular rhythm as possible. Over years of use, though, the batteries in these little devices can begin to wear down and may need to be replaced to continue functioning properly. A pacemaker evaluation, which only takes a few minutes, can check the pacemaker’s battery.
The battery check is performed using EKG technology. By evaluating the EKG the interpreting physician can make an assessment as to whether the patient’s battery is operating at full capacity or has begun to decline in power, requiring a simple surgery to replace the battery. These pacemaker evaluations can, if needed, be done over the phone for homebound patients.