December 18, 2014
Visitor Restrictions Related to Influenza Enforced at BDHS
Effective Thursday, December 18, 2014, visitor restrictions at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital are in effect due to the influenza virus. Children under the age of 18 are asked not to visit the hospital, as they are most susceptible to this virus. Children are, however, allowed in physician clinics on the Highland Health...
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October 21, 2014
National Study: Bozeman Deaconess Health Services Named America’s 100 Best for Pulmonary Care
Bozeman Deaconess announced today that it has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Pulmonary Care. Healthgrades, a leading online resource helping consumers compare physicians, hospitals and care, evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 33 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions and identified the...
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September 12, 2014
Bozeman Deaconess Hospital re-verified as Trauma Center by American College of Surgeons
Bozeman Deaconess Hospital (BDH) has been re-verified as a Level III Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee, an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. This achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. In a recent review of...
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August 21, 2014
Notice Regarding Unwanted Solicitation Calls Appearing to Originate from BDHS
Recently individuals throughout the U.S. have been receiving unwanted calls soliciting personal and financial information from phone numbers associated with the Montana area code (406). Caller ID spoofing is a malicious technique where a caller masquerades as someone else by falsifying the number that appears on the recipient's caller ID. Some...
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August 13, 2014
Free and Reduced Cost Health Screenings Coming to Big Sky
Annual Health Screening Day serves adults The annual Bozeman Deaconess Health Screening Day in Big Sky is coming on Thursday, August 28, from 8 am to 1 pm. Free screenings available will include blood pressure, body mass, glucose and bone density, along with other health education materials. Additionally, reduced-cost lab work will...
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August 4, 2014
Say Hello to our New Physicians
We would like to welcome Drs. Zachary Meyers and Holly Omar, who are now seeing patients at Bozeman Deaconess Health Group. Zachary Meyers, MD, joins Bozeman Deaconess Family Medicine. Dr. Meyers graduated from Oregon Health & Science University in Portland and completed his internship and residency at Montana Family Medicine Residency...
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July 25, 2014
Dr. John Patterson is retiring!
Happy Retirement Dr. Patterson! After 39 years, Dr. John Patterson is retiring as Bozeman Deaconess Health Services medical staff's longest serving physician. Please help us wish him well! Please Join Us! Tuesday, July 29 :: 5 pm—7 pm Bozeman Deaconess Atrium :: 915 Highland Blvd.
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June 26, 2014
Bozeman Deaconess Named One of 100 Great Community Hospitals
Bozeman Deaconess Hospital has been named of the nation’s “100 Great Community Hospitals” by Becker’s Hospital Review, based on the hospital’s accolades, quality of care, and services provided to patients. Hospitals named to the list all have fewer than 550 beds and minimal teaching programs, and many are located in rural areas....
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June 26, 2014
The Buzz About Autoimmune Disease by Dr. Melissa Reily
“Autoimmune disease” is a buzz word these days, but are you left wondering what it’s all about? Have you thought you might have an autoimmune disease? Or, have you been diagnosed and wondering about treatment options? Melissa Reily, MD, of Bozeman Deaconess Rheumatology will discuss what constitutes an autoimmune disease, common...
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May 14, 2014
New Guidelines for Hypertension
When uncontrolled or poorly controlled, hypertension, or high blood pressure, can lead to heart attacks, strokes and chronic kidney disease. Dr. Gerald Groggel of Bozeman Deaconess Nephrology will explain the new treatment guidelines for hypertension, how it alters treatment options and what that could mean for your health. Thursday, May 15, 2014 5:30 pm Bitterroot...
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May 7, 2014
Spring Into Good Health with Weight Loss Strategies
If you're ready for weight loss strategies that work, join physicians Todd Harris, DO, and Melissa Wolf, MD for a great discussion on lifestyle strategies for weight loss and long-term weight maintenance. Well discuss individualized weight loss plans that can be customized just for you and answer your weight loss questions. Come...
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April 17, 2014
Advanced Care Planning for Serious Illness
Advance Care Planning is an important part of your health care experience. Dr. Kathryn Borgenicht of Bozeman Deaconess Internal Medicine Associates and staff from Bozeman Deaconess Palliative Care and Spiritual Care will talk about advanced care planning and the new POLST forms that went into effect on March 1, 2014. There will...
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March 25, 2014
Montana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Award
The Montana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently was selected as the winner of the AAP 2014 Outstanding Small Chapter Award at the annual meeting in Chicago. “This is a really great accomplishment for our chapter,” said vice president of MT AAP Pepper Henyon, MD, of Bozeman Deaconess Pediatrics....
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March 24, 2014
Annual Health Screening Day at Bozeman Deaconess Health Services this Saturday
As part of its mission “To improve community health and quality of life,” Bozeman Deaconess Health Services once again is holding its annual Health Screening Day on Saturday, March 29, from 7 am-1 pm, offering free and reduced price health screening and wellness tips for the whole family. Many of the...
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March 5, 2014
Bozeman Deaconess Hospital Named One of the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals
Bozeman Deaconess Hospital was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health AnalyticsTM, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. Bozeman Deaconess Hospital is one of only 20 hospitals to earn this award in the Small Community Hospital category out...
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February 5, 2014
Gallatin Heart Rescue Celebrates Successes of Unsung Heroes Performing Hands Only CPR
What began two years ago as a local effort to help heart attack victims survive while waiting for medical attention has grown into a state-wide program in which 12,000 individuals have been taught to perform the life-saving technique of Hands Only CPR. Gallatin Heart Rescue (GHR) will celebrate its second anniversary on...
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February 4, 2014
A Day for Us: Workshops for Women hosted by Bozeman Deaconess Womens Center
Taking care of family, work and community takes a lot of a womans time. Every woman deserves to stop occasionally to take care of herself. In 2014, women of all ages will have four opportunities to take a Saturday morning off, just for themselves, at A Day for Us: Workshops for...
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January 13, 2014
The Weight of the Nation
In the United States, 68 percent of adults age 20 and older are overweight or obese, while 31.7% of the nation’s children and adolescents ages two to 19 are overweight or obese. Obesity contributes to five of the 10 leading causes of death in America, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes,...
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January 9, 2014
New Bozeman Deaconess Health Group VP
Chris Darnell left sunny South Carolina to become the new Bozeman Deaconess Health Group vice president during the coldest week yet of winter, but the weather hasn’t chilled his enthusiasm for the new job. “Everyone has been so warm in welcoming me,” Darnell said. “I am impressed with the talent, teamwork and...
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December 4, 2013
Visitor Restrictions Related to Influenza Enforced at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital
Effective Wednesday, December 4, visitor restrictions at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital are in effect due to the influenza virus. Children under the age of 18 are asked not to visit the hospital, as they are most susceptible to this virus. Children are, however, allowed in physician clinics on the Highland Health Park/Bozeman...
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November 26, 2013
New Medical Office Building in the Works
Bozeman Deaconess Health Services is expanding its facilities due to increases in providers and staff and demand for their services. A new medical office building, Highland Park 5, will be built directly south of Highland Park 2, and will consist of 50,000 square feet in three stories to house existing and new...
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October 25, 2013
Bozeman Deaconess Earns Top Award For Quality
Bozeman Deaconess Health Services has earned the Quality Achievement Award from Mountain-Pacific Quality Health for the sixth year in a row. BDHS was one of only three hospitals in the state to win Mountain-Pacific’s highest award this year. “This honor recognizes the continuous commitment of all our employees and medical staff to...
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October 23, 2013
Bozeman Deaconess Health Services Recognized By Healthgrades
Bozeman Deaconess Health Services today announced that it has received the Healthgrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award for 2014 and has been recognized by Healthgrades for clinical excellence in Orthopedic, Pulmonary and Gastrointestinal Care. Bozeman Deaconess is currently the only hospital in Montana to receive the2013 Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award. Bozeman Deaconess...
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October 11, 2013
MJ Murdock Charitable Trust Grants $250,000 to Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center
Bozeman Deaconess Foundation is proud to announce the approval of a $250,000 top-off grant from the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust of Vancouver, WA to expand radiation oncology services at Bozeman Deaconess Cancer Center. This grant is designated toward the special vault which will house the new, state-of-art Linear Accelerator. ...
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October 9, 2013
Bozeman Deaconess Health Services Offers Mammo Day
To mark National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Bozeman Deaconess Health Services is designating October 17th as Mammo Day to promote the importance of getting regular mammograms. Mammograms can identify breast cancer in its earliest stages, when chances of successful treatment are greatest. Mammo Day stations will be located throughout the Bozeman...
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October 7, 2013
Bozeman Deaconess Celebrates Women
Busy women often don’t take the time to take care of themselves. To change that, Bozeman Deaconess Women’s Center is encouraging women to take the morning or afternoon of Saturday, October 12, and participate in a new women’s wellness day, All About Women, in the BDHS conference rooms. “Our goal is to...
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June 26, 2013
Bozeman Deaconess Earns Five-Star Rating for Community Value
Bozeman Deaconess Hospital has earned a 2013 Five-Star Award for Community Value for scoring in the top 20% among more than 1400 similar hospitals nationwide in an evaluation by Cleverley + Associates, a leading healthcare financial consulting firm. The Community Value Index, created in 2003 to provide a measure of the...
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June 12, 2013
Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Group
Patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis can join a new support group at Bozeman Deaconess Health Services. Meetings will be held once every quarter, beginning Wednesday, June 12.
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June 6, 2013
A warm welcome to Family Practice Associates
FAMILY PRACTICE ASSOCIATES JOINS BOZEMAN DEACONESS HEALTH GROUP ON JUNE 1. Welcome to the physicians and staff of Family Practice Associates. Doctors Peder Anderson, Tracy Fairbanks, Thomas Hildner, Cathy Grace, Colette Kirchhoff, and Luke Omohundro and their staff have served the Gallatin Valley for over 30 years and will continue to provide...
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May 16, 2013
Osteoporosis Screening, Prevention and Treatment by Melissa Reily, MD
Osteoporosis is a silent disease. Its important to know the risks and when to be screened for this disease. Medications are sometimes indicated, and lifestyle changes can reduce ones risk. Dr. Melissa Reily of Bozeman Deaconess Rheumatology will review the latest recommendations for screening, treatment, and prevention of osteoporosis. Join Dr. Reily...
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May 15, 2013
Bozeman Deaconess Earns STAR Program Certification
Today, Bozeman Deaconess Health Services announced it has earned its STAR Program Certification from Oncology Rehab Partners, leading experts in the field of survivorship care. By becoming STAR Program Certified, Bozeman Deaconess Rehabilitation Services is recognized as offering excellent cancer rehabilitation services to its patients who suffer from debilitating side effects...
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May 6, 2013
Skin Cancer Prevention
Summer is coming and the tendency is to shed some layers and feel the sunshine. Its warmth can boost our spirits, but remember, it comes with a dangerous trade-off. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using a sunscreen SPF 15 or higher along with these other prevention tips: • Do not let your...
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April 10, 2013
Bozeman Deaconess Hospital among the Top 15% in the Nation
Today, Bozeman Deaconess Hospital announced it has been named one of a select group of hospitals identified as providing outstanding performance in the delivery of a positive experience for patients during their hospital stay, as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, evaluate, compare and connect with...
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March 29, 2013
Bozeman Deaconess Turns Blue in April for Autism Awareness
Nearly one child in 90 in the United States has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder according to estimates from the Center for Disease Control’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. Autism spectrum disorder affects more than two million people in this country and is almost five times more...
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February 26, 2013
Cardiologist Blair Erb, MD, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the American College of Cardiology
Cardiologist Blair Erb, MD, of Bozeman Deaconess Cardiology Consultants, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the American College of Cardiology (ACC) for a five-year term (2013-2018). ACC is a 43,000-member medical society of cardiovascular professionals dedicated to the formulation of health policy, standards and guidelines. Dr. Erb previously...
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January 4, 2013
New Emergency Department Set to Open at Bozeman Deaconess
Phase II of the expansion and remodel of Bozeman Deaconess Health Services Emergency Services Department is complete and ready to open. Before the first patients arrive, however, members of the public are invited to see how their generous contributions helped create this state-of-the-art facility. A community open house will be held on...
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November 30, 2012
CNOR Strong and Growing Stronger
Operating room nurses can make all the difference to a patient undergoing surgery, so Bozeman Deaconess Health Services is pleased to announce it has earned the CNOR® Strong designation from the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI). The CNOR Strong designation is given to facilities in which at least 50% of its...
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September 4, 2012
Wildfires Effects on Breathing

“The decrease in ambient air quality associated with the wildfires in our mountains has brought on runny noses, coughing and eye irritation in many people in our community,” says Anders Persson, PHD, MD, of Bozeman Deaconess Pulmonary Disease/Critical Care. “The smoke can induce bronchospasm in people with asthma or COPD, making

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September 4, 2012
Bozeman Deaconess Foundation’s Historic Cornerstone Campaign Exceeds $9 Million Goal
Four years ago, Bozeman Deaconess Foundation (BDF) began the process of organizing an ambitious capital campaign in support of a new, expanded Emergency Services Department. Today the foundation announced that the campaign has exceeded its $9 million goal, successfully concluding the most significant fundraising effort in the 101 year history of...
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August 1, 2012
Bozeman Deaconess Board of Trustees Announces Davidson as Interim CEO
Today the Board of Trustees of Bozeman Deaconess Health Services announced that Gordon Davidson has been appointed interim CEO of the organization. Davidson has held the position of Chief Financial Officer of BDHS for 25 years and previously served as the organization’s interim CEO during an executive search phase in the...
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July 19, 2012
Bozeman Deaconess Awarded an “A” for Patient Safety by Hospital Safety Score
Bozeman Deaconess Health Services was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The Hospital Safety Score was calculated using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. U.S. hospitals...
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July 9, 2012
Phase I of Emergency Department Opens July 10
Walls are up, floors are finished, equipment is in place. Phase I of the newly constructed Bozeman Deaconess Emergency Department is ready to receive patients in 19 state-of-the-art examination rooms, most of which are dedicated to specific medical needs. “With the new Emergency Department, we can deliver better care through increased efficiency,”...
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June 25, 2012
Bozeman Deaconess To Recognize Extraordinary Nurses
Nurses at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital are being honored with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The award is part of the DAISY Foundation's program to recognize the super-human efforts nurses perform every day. The first award recipients are Anna Dennis, LVN, and Janie Sukut, RN, both of whom were nominated by a...
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February 16, 2012
Therapeutic Hypothermia for Cardiac Arrest Survivors
Blair Erb, MD, of Bozeman Deaconess Cardiology Consultants will discuss the benefits of Bozeman Deaconess Heart Center’s Therapeutic Hypothermia Program for survivors of cardiac arrest on Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 5:30 pm in the Bitterroot Room at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital
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June 1, 2011
Memo to Men: To Live Longer, Take Better Care of Your Body
As a general rule, men take lousy care of their health. They shrug off injuries. They hate going to the doctor for anything. They pay little heed to warning signs for major health issues. And the results of all that manliness are evident in the statistics. According to the U.S. Department of Health...
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February 11, 2011
Bozeman Deaconess Heart Center Offers Full Range of Cardiovascular Care
If you or someone you love suffers from heart or vascular disease, Bozeman Deaconess Heart Center is here to help. We have board-certified physicians, state-of-the-art technology and a full range of services to help you live a longer, healthier life. Diagnosing ailments of the heart and circulatory system is more precise and...
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Bubble Study
A bubble study is done in conjunction with an echocardiogram. A “contrast” material is used during the test to get better pictures of the heart. One type of contrast is saline (sterile salt water). During a bubble study the nurse will shake the salt water until it forms small bubbles. The bubbles are then injected into the vein through an intravenous line (IV). In a normal heart the bubbles are filtered by the lungs and are seen only on the right side of the heart. If the bubbles are seen on the left side, it shows that there is an opening between the two sides of the heart. This abnormality can be an atrial-septal defect or a ventricular septal defect. The bubble study helps to identify these abnormalities. The study itself is very simple and safe and it usually only adds a few minutes to the test.
Cardioversion is a procedure to restore the heart’s normal rhythm. This is done by administering a therapeutic dose of electric current to the heart at a specific moment in the cardiac cycle. During the procedure, you will be given medication through an IV to keep you free from pain. While your heart and blood pressure are monitored, a special machine is used to send electrical energy to the heart muscle. The procedure restores the normal heart rate and rhythm, allowing the heart to pump more effectively. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis in the hospital. An IV line will be started and medication will be administered by the RN. Electrodes will be placed on your chest to monitor your heartbeat throughout the procedure. Two electrode pads, each comprising a metallic plate which is faced with a saline based conductive gel, are placed on the chest and back and a very brief electric shock will be given through the pads. Your heartbeat will be watched to make sure it is restored to its normal rhythm. You will be monitored until you are fully awake and, in most cases, will be able to go home within a few hours after the sedation wears off. Take it easy the day after your procedure and call your doctor if you notice any chest tightness, skipped beats or rapid heartbeat.
Carotid duplex is a procedure that uses ultrasound to look for plaques, blood clots, or other blood flow problems in the carotid arteries. The carotid arteries, located in the neck, supply blood to the brain.It may be performed if a patient has high blood pressure or a carotid bruit - an abnormal sound in the neck that is heard with the stethoscope. Other risk factors calling for a carotid ultrasound are advanced age, diabetes, elevated blood cholesterol, and a family history of stroke or heart disease. A water-soluble gel is placed on the skin where the transducer (a handheld device that directs the high-frequency sound waves to the arteries being tested) is to be placed. The gel helps transmit the sound to the skin surface where images of the carotid arteries and pulse wave forms are obtained. The test assesses blood flow and is used to detect the conditions involving stenosis (narrowing and hardening), thrombosis (clotting), and other causes of obstruction in the carotid arteries.
A Dobutamine Stress Echo is a test to evaluate coronary artery disease in patients who are unable to exercise on a treadmill. Dobutamine is a medication that increases heart rate and blood pressure similar to the effect of exercise. The rise in heart rate increases the oxygen demand of the heart and helps to determine if the heart muscle is getting enough blood and oxygen.An IV line will be started and Dobutamine will be administered by the RN. The test includes an echocardiogram done at rest and again at peak heart rate. This procedure uses sound waves (ultrasound) to produce an image of internal structures of the heart. In order to produce an image of the heart muscle, gel is applied to your chest area and a transducer (a wand-like apparatus) is moved over the chest. Electrodes are placed on the chest to record an electrocardiogram (EKG) which monitors the heart’s rate and rhythm.The cardiologist will observe for any symptoms, irregular heart rhythms, and inappropriate heart rate of blood pressure responses. This test will help the cardiologist evaluate your cardiac condition related to the following: How well the heart muscle and valves are working and how they function under stressThe size of the heart’s pumping chambers (ventricles).Abnormal heart function: coronary artery disease and/or inadequate coronary blood supply.
Echocardiogram (Echo)
An Echocardiogram uses sound waves (ultrasound) to provide an image of your heart’s internal structures, size and movement. This image is produced by moving a transducer (a very sensitive wand-like device) over the chest area. Echocardiography is used to diagnose certain cardiovascular diseases. In fact, it is one of the most widely used diagnostic tests for heart disease. It can provide a wealth of helpful information, including the size and shape of the heart, its pumping capacity and the location and extent of any damage to its tissues. It is especially useful for assessing diseases of the heart valves. It not only allows doctors to evaluate the heart valves, but it can detect abnormalities in the pattern of blood flow, such as the backward flow of blood through partly closed heart valves, known as regurgitation. By assessing the motion of the heart wall, echocardiography can help detect the presence and assess the severity of coronary artery disease, as well as help determine whether any chest pain is related to heart disease. Echocardiography can also help detect hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, in which the walls of the heart thicken in an attempt to compensate for heart muscle weakness. The biggest advantage to echocardiography is that it is noninvasive (doesn't involve breaking the skin or entering body cavities) and has no known risks or side effects.
Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
An electrocardiogram, also called an ECG or EKG, is a simple test that detects and records the electrical activity of the heart. It is used to detect and locate the source of heart problems. An EKG is sometimes called a 12-lead EKG (or 12-lead ECG) because the electrical activity of the heart is most often recorded from 12 different places on the body at the same time. An EKG shows how fast the heart is beating. It shows the heart’s rhythm (steady or irregular) and where in the body the heartbeat is being recorded. It also records the strength and timing of the electrical signals as they pass through each part of the heart. It is the best way to measure and diagnose abnormal rhythms of the heart, particularly abnormal rhythms caused by damage to the conductive tissue that carries electrical signals, or abnormal rhythms caused by levels of salts, such as calcium, that are too high or low.
An event monitor (King of Hearts) is similar to a Holter monitor but can be worn for a longer period of time, up to 30 days. The King of Hearts monitor will measure your EKG only when you push the event button on the monitor. You should push the button only when you feel a symptom. Each pressing of the button causes the device to record for a period of one minute. This information will then be transmitted via a standard phone connection to a center with compatible receiving and rhythm printing equipment. For symptoms that may not happen every day, an event monitor is an effective way to detect an arrhythmia.
A Holter monitor is a portable device for continuously monitoring the electrical activity of the heart for 24 hours or more. Its extended recording period is sometimes useful for observing occasional cardiac arrhythmias that would be difficult to identify in a shorter period of time. The Holter monitor records electrical signals from the heart via a series of electrodes attached to the chest. These electrodes are connected to a small piece of equipment that keeps a log of the heart's electrical activity throughout the recording period. The recording device can be worn on a belt or on a strap worn across the chest. Patients are given a diary and asked to record any heart-related symptoms that they have along with the time displayed on the monitor and what they were doing at the time. They should also record any activity that may change their heart rate (such as going to bed, getting up in the morning and exercising), along with the time and whether they felt any symptoms related to the activity. The data is then uploaded into a computer where it is used by doctors and technicians to rapidly pinpoint problem areas in the vast amount of data recorded during the monitoring period.
To make sure your pacemaker and ICD are working properly, you will need to have it checked a few times each year. During this check-up, the information stored on your device’s computer will be read and analyzed. The battery and other settings are also checked. If adjustments need to be made to your device, it is done using an electronic wand that is placed over the skin where your device is implanted. Once a month, representatives from each of the device manufacturers are in our clinic to assist with pacemaker and ICD checks.
A Stress Echo is a non-invasive test that combines two tests, an echocardiogram (Echo) and a treadmill stress test. The echocardiogram uses sound waves (ultrasound) to provide an image of your heart’s internal structures, size and movement. This image is produced by moving a transducer (a very sensitive wand-like device) over the chest area. Electrodes are placed on the chest to monitor the heart’s rate and rhythm throughout the test. The echocardiogram is done at rest prior to exercise and again at peak heart rate. The cardiologist will have you walk on a treadmill, gradually increasing the speed and incline. Patients will usually exercise from a few minutes up to 15 minutes depending upon his or her level of ability. The test will be stopped if you become too tired or if you are having any symptoms such as chest pain. The cardiologist will be looking for changes in the EKG pattern and any symptoms that you may experience. At the peak of exercise, the treadmill will be stopped, and you will be instructed to lie down immediately on a bed so that a second echocardiogram can be taken to visualize the heart’s motion with exercise. This test will help the cardiologist evaluate your cardiac condition related to: Irregular heart rhythms If there is a decrease supply of blood and oxygen to the heart at rest as well as with exertion. Overall level of cardiovascular conditioning How hard your heart can work before symptoms develop How quickly the heart recovers after exercise.
A Trans-Esophageal Echocardiogram (TEE) is a special test that allows the cardiologist to record ultrasound images of your heart from inside your esophagus (food pipe). Since the esophagus lies just behind your heart, the TEE may produce clearer pictures of the heart’s movement than would standard echocardiography taken on the outside of your chest. During TEE, harmless sound waves bounce (echo) off your heart. These sound waves create images of your heart as it pumps blood through the valves and chambers. These images help your doctor identify and treat problems such as infection, disease or defects in your heart’s walls or valves. During this test, the cardiologist will help you swallow a flexible tube. This tube will pass through your throat and into your esophagus, where it can be used to take pictures of your heart. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis in hospital. An intravenous line (IV) will be placed in your arm to administer fluids and medications to help you relax. Your heart rhythm, blood pressure, breathing, and oxygen level will be monitored throughout the procedure. The cardiologist will numb your throat with an anesthetic spray so you can swallow the tube without gagging. You may feel the doctor moving the probe, but it should not be painful or interfere with your breathing.
Treadmill (EKG)
A treadmill test or stress EKG is an EKG that is recorded during exercise. The patient walks on a treadmill while an EKG machine records the electrical activity of the heart. The test may uncover problems with heart rhythm or blood supply to the heart which cannot be found on an EKG taken at rest. It can also be used to decide how much exercise is safe for you. This is valuable for planning a cardiac rehabilitation program after a heart attack or heart surgery. A technician will attach electrodes to the skin on your chest. Your blood pressure will be taken and a resting EKG will be recorded. You will begin walking at a low level which gradually increases, as both the speed and slope of the treadmill are increased. The test will continue until you have reached a certain pulse rate, certain EKG changes occur, or you are too tired to continue.


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