ECG (ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHY) LABORATORY
St. Raphael’s Hospital offers resting ECG, exercise ECG (stress test), Holter ECG (24-hour ECG monitoring), and Holter monitoring of blood pressure (24-hour blood pressure recording).
The ECG is a diagnostic method that aims to identify electrical events occurring in the heart. The examination allows assessing the heart’s rhythm and rate. It can detect heart muscle damage in patients who have experienced or are experiencing a heart attack. Based on the ECG recording, the heart ventricle size can also be evaluated.
ECG should be performed if you:
- suffer from hypertension
- often feel pain in the region of your heart
- you feel heart palpitations
Echocardiography is a cardiac ultrasound (echo test). It assesses the cardiac chamber size, heart muscle thickness, cardiac contractility, and the operation of heart valves. Echocardiography is used for the diagnosis and evaluation of treatment effectiveness in a wide range of cardiovascular problems, such as coronary artery disease or suspected coronary artery disease, post-heart-attack, and hypertension. Cardiac ultrasound also reveals heart damage due to excessively high pressures, shows heart defects. The examination is performed in diagnostic evaluation of chest pain.
- Resting ECG: Mon.-Fri. between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm
- Exercise ECG: Tue. between 9:40 am and 11:00 pm, Fri. 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
- Cardiac ultrasound: Mon. 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Tue. 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Wed. 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm