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Cardiac Assessments

Testing for Heart-Related Conditions

Trios Health offers a broad range of tools to help get to the bottom of your heart-related symptoms. We use any combination of assessments needed to diagnose or rule out heart problems. Our caring physicians then customize a course of treatment designed to best meet your individual needs. Cardiac assessments performed at Trios include:

  • Cardiac catheterization—a procedure involving the insertion of a thin, flexible tube into blood vessels for precise diagnostic imaging and certain treatments
  • Cardiac stress tests—measure the heart's response to physical exertion in a monitored environment    
  • Echocardiogram—uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart    
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)—checks for problems with the heart's electrical activity    
  • Nuclear medicine stress tests—measure blood flow to the heart, both at rest and during stress
  • Peripheral vascular angiography—a procedure similar to cardiac catheterization, involving insertion of a thin, flexible tube into the blood vessels in the arms and legs to diagnose and treat certain diseases that relate to heart health.  

Common Heart Attack Symptoms

Heart attacks can strike suddenly, but many times they produce symptoms hours, days, or even weeks in advance. Not everyone experiences the same symptoms. However, being familiar with the common warning signs of a heart attack could save your life.

Warning signs of a heart attack can include:

  • Pressure, tightness, pain, or a squeezing or aching sensation in your chest or arms that may also be felt in your neck, jaw, or back 
  • Feelings of fullness, nausea, indigestion, heartburn, or abdominal pain    
  • Shortness of breath    
  • Sweating (or cold sweat)    
  • Feelings of anxiety or impending sense of doom    
  • Fatigue    
  • Trouble sleeping    
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness.

During a suspected heart attack, act immediately:

  1. Call 911 for emergency medical help.
  2. Take nitroglycerin if prescribed.
  3. Take aspirin if recommended by your doctor or emergency personnel.
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