UNM Health System offers an array of procedures to help keep your cardiovascular system healthy. An experienced team can study your heart using any of the following tests:
Blood pressure monitoring
- Using an ambulatory blood pressure monitor to track your blood pressure every 15-30 minutes during a normal day and night, it helps you and your physician determine if your blood pressure treatment is working.
Dobutamine stress echocardiogram
- This test helps your doctor see how well your heart works under stress. You are given a medicine called dobutamine, which will make your heart beat stronger and faster as you lie on an exam bed for the test.
- Also known as an ECG or EKG, this test records electrical signals from your heart onto a paper strip. The pattern of signals helps tell your doctor if your heart is functioning normally or under stress.
- Worn at home for up to a month, this device monitors your heart to help your doctor determine if your heart is functioning like it should.
Exercise stress echocardiogram
- A stress echo test, in which you pedal on a stationary bike with increased resistance, helps your doctor see how well your heart works under stress.
Exercise stress test
- Similar to a stress echo test, in this test you walk on a treadmill while your physician monitors your blood pressure and heart rate.
- This acts as a sort of take home EKG test. It monitors your heart as you undertake your normal, everyday routine. Your doctor will later look at the results to see if your heart is beating like it should.
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- Known as a TEE test, this helps your doctor see how well your heart is working by placing a special probe down your esophagus (with the aid of numbing agent and medicine) to get pictures of your heart.
- Known as a TTE test, this helps your doctor know how well your heart is working. It shows the size and thickness of your heart, as well as how well it is pumping, while checking for blood clots, masses, holes and fluid around the heart.
Vascular abdominal ultrasound
- This ultrasound will take pictures of the inside of your abdomen to ensure proper blood flow and circulatory activity.
Vascular ankle brachial index
- Also known as an ABI test, this is a quick way to check blood flow to your legs as your blood pressure is taken.
- This ultrasound will take pictures to ensure your veins and arteries are functioning properly
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