The Cardiopulmonary Department at Bridgton Hospital offers a variety of cardiac diagnostic procedures, including electrocardiograms (EKG or ECG,) echocardiograms, and 24-hour Holter monitoring.
An EKG is a painless, quick and non-invasive procedure that uses electrodes to monitor the heart's electrical activity. It measures heart rates and rhythms and also detects abnormalities.
Holter monitors are portable devices that patients wear as outpatients. The monitors record data about cardiac functioning over a period of time, which is then analyzed. These painless tests allow cardiologists to observe cardiac activity in numerous settings.
Another test that helps diagnose heart disease is the nuclear cardiac stress test, also known as Myocardial Perfusion Imaging (MPI.)
The test records images of a patient's heart before and after stress is induced. The MPI helps determine how well the heart is pumping blood throughout the body. The MPI takes between two and four hours to complete. Before taking this test be sure to talk to your healthcare provider or staff at the cardiac lab about dietary and pharmaceutical restrictions required before the test is administered.
To determine how the heart performs under stress, patients who can walk are tested while walking on a treadmill. If a patient is unable to walk, he or she will receive an injection of a medication that induces a stress reaction in the body. These effects are short-term and do not harm the body.
For more information about testing: 207-647-6095.
Bridgton Hospital also provides weekly cardiology clinics. For more information: 207-647-6120.