Tests & Screenings: Heart Tests

Understanding the source of your heart and vascular symptoms is one of the first steps toward good heart health. At West Suburban Medical Center, we offer a wide range of heart tests and screenings all at one convenient location. Below is a list of common diagnostic tests and heart disease screenings you may receive at West Suburban.

24-hour Holter Monitors

24-hour Holter monitors are battery operated ECG devices, which monitor and record the heart's electrical activity for 24 hours.

Arterial Vascular Study Lower Extremity

An arterial vascular study of the lower extremity typically involves inflating blood pressure cuffs on the legs while recording the pulse sounds through a Doppler transducer.


An echocardiogram uses sound waves to produce images of your heart. This commonly used test allows your doctor to see how your heart is beating and pumping blood.

Electrocardiogram (ECG)

An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a test in which electrodes on the chest are used to monitor and record the electrical activity of the heart.

Loop Recorder Insertion

Also known as an implantable event recorder, this device is placed under the skin and can record your heart rhythm for up to 14 months. It is helpful in recording serious rhythm problems that may occur infrequently.

Thallium and dobutamine testing

Thallium and dobutamine are two medications that are used to facilitate cardiac testing. Thallium is a radioactive substance that travels through the vessels and helps make the path the blood has traveled visible while dobutamine chemically increases the heart rate for those who are unable to walk on a treadmill.

Tilt Table Test

A tilt-table test can help determine why you often feel faint or lightheaded. The test involves lying on a table that is slowly tilted upward. The test measures how your blood pressure and heart rate respond to the force of gravity.

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