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Cardiac Diagnostic Center

The Thomas J. Blanchet Cardiac Diagnostic Center at CentraState's Star and Barry Tobias Ambulatory Campus offers comprehensive services using state-of-the-art technology to identify and evaluate heart conditions and monitor patients' progress following treatment for a heart-related condition. The center's experienced staff are certified in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS).

CentraState's Cardiac Catheterization Lab in the Donna R. O'Donnell, RN Medical Arts Building adjacent to the Ambulatory Campus provides additional diagnostic, as well as treatment, services.

Cardiac diagnostic tests available at CentraState include: 
 

24-Hour Holter Monitor

The 24-hour Holter Monitor is an EKG taken for a 24-hour period during which the patient is able to move around and do his or her daily activities at home.

If you have a specific question about the 24-Hour Holter Monitor, check the check the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) listed to the left.

To schedule a 24-Hour Holter Monitor, call Centralized Scheduling at (732) 294-2778.

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring takes numerous readings of your blood pressure over a 24-hour period or longer. The monitor is a small device worn in a pouch that has a blood pressure cuff attached to it. The cuff is fitted onto your arm and inflates and deflates automatically throughout the period it is worn. It can give a truer picture of your blood pressure than occasional readings taken at your doctor's office.

To schedule Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring, call Centralized Scheduling at (732) 294-2778. 

Echocardiogram

The Echocardiogram, or Echo, is a painless test and involves no risk. It operates like the sonar used by whales and submarines to locate objects under water. Harmless sound waves generated by small devices called transducers bounce off heart structures and beam back to a screen where they are recorded. These images are used to track the heart's movements or diagnose certain heart abnormalities.

If you have a specific question about Echocardiogram testing, check the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) listed to the left.

To schedule an Echocardiogram, call Centralized Scheduling at (732) 294-2778.

EKG (Electrocardiogram)

The EKG records the electrical activity of your heart. The electrical activity is what causes your heart to contract.The EKG helps to assess the health of your heart muscle and is used in conjunction with other cardiac diagnostic tests.

If you have a specific question about the EKG (Electrocardiogram) Stress Test, check the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) listed to the left.

To schedule an EKG, call Centralized Scheduling at (732) 294-2778.

Exercise Stress Test

The Exercise Stress Test measures your heart's health during physical activity. This test helps determine: 
  • Underlying heart conditions
  • Your fitness level
  • A safe exercise program for you

If you have a specific question about the Exercise Stress Test, check the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) listed to the left.

To schedule an Exercise Stress Test, call Centralized Scheduling at (732) 294-2778.

Impedance Cardiography (ICG)

Impedance Cardiography (ICG) is a non-invasive technique of measuring and monitoring blood circulation. The method is based on changes in the electrical resistance of the chest during hear beat, which is captured through electrodes placed on the patient's neck and chest. The information it provides about the circulatory system is helpful in diagnosing the cause of complaints such as shortness of breath and in programming atrioventricular and CRT pacemakers.

To schedule an Impedance Cardiogram, call Centralized Scheduling at (732) 294-2778.

Late Potential-Signal Averaging Test

The purpose of this test is to determine if the heart is able to trigger a fast ventricular heart rhythm. The procedure is painless and non-invasive.

If you have a specific question about the Late Potential-Signal Averaging Test, check the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) listed to the left.

To schedule a Late Potential-Signal Averaging Test, call Cardiac Services at (732) 294-2912.

Nuclear Stress Test

The Nuclear Stress Test is similar to the Exercise Stress Test except that thallium or another tracer is injected into the patient's vein to give the doctor more information about blood flow to the heart.

If you have a specific question about the Nuclear Stress Test, check the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) listed to the left.

To schedule a Nuclear Stress Test, call Centralized Scheduling at (732) 294-2778.

Pacemaker Evaluation

During this simple, 10-minute procedure, a sensor is placed on the chest area near the pacemaker pocket. Information about the pacemaker is then recorded using a special magnet.

Pacemaker evaluation can be done onsite or from the home in some cases, depending on the type and age of the pacemaker. Pacemaker insertion is also offered at CentraState through our Surgical Services department.

If you have a specific question about Pacemaker Evaluation, check the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) listed to the left.


To schedule a Pacemaker Evaluation, call Cardiac Services at (732) 294-2912.

Pharmacological Nuclear Stress Test

Throughout this test and for a period of time following, an EKG (electrocardiogram) is taken. A medication that simulates the effects of stress (or exercise) on the heart is given to the patient through an IV (intravenously) along with nuclear isotopes in order to make it possible to image the heart muscle. The patient lies on a special table under a rotating camera and two sets of images are taken — one before the medication is administered ("resting") and one after the medication is administered ("stressed"). Each set of images takes about 15 minutes. A physician and nurse will accompany the patient during the stress portion of the test.

If you have a specific question about the is Pharmacological Nuclear Stress Test, check the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) listed to the left.

To schedule a is Pharmacological Nuclear Stress Test, call Centralized Scheduling at (732) 294-2778.

Stress Echocardiogram

The Stress Echocardiogram (Stress Echo) combines stress testing and cardiac ultrasound to detect evidence of ischemic heart disease (narrowed arteries) and monitor blood flow in the heart.

For more information, call Cardiology Services at (732) 294-2912.

Transesophageal Echocardiogram (Tee)

The Transesophageal Echocardiogram (Tee) is an invasive diagnostic procedure used to detect abnormalities in the internal structure of the heart muscle.

If you have a specific question about the Transesophageal Echocardiogram (Tee), check the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) listed to the left.

To schedule a Transesophageal Echocardiogram, call Centralized Scheduling at (732) 294-2778.

Contact Us

For more information about cardiac diagnostic services, call (732) 294-2912. For information on scheduling a test, please refer to the description above for the specific test.
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