Jupiter Medical Center's Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory provides
state-of-the-art digital technology for evaluating patients for cardiovascular diseases.
Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization
Cardiac catheterization, also called cardiac cath, is a medical procedure
used to diagnose certain heart conditions. This specialized technology
uses X-rays to allow physicians to view live motion pictures of blood
flow through the coronary arteries. These images give cardiologists more
information to evaluate and tailor treatment options for each individual patient.
Our highly-skilled and experienced Cardiac Cath Lab team includes many
of Palm Beach County's leading interventional cardiologists, as well
as registered nurses and technologists with advanced cardiac training
and knowledge. We provide highly-personalized care in a safe, state-of-the-art
facility with the latest cardiac cath technology available.
Jupiter Medical Center’s Cardiology Services Program offers diagnostic
testing in a hospital setting where patients receive care in private testing
rooms. A cardiologist and registered nurses are in attendance for all
tests. There are many different types of stress tests, including regular
echo-stress test Dobutamine or, Cardiolite stress test and Adenosine stress test.
The tilt-table test is designed to determine if fainting or near-fainting
spells are due to neurocardiogenic syncope. The test involves lying quietly
on a tilt-table and then being tilted upright 80 degrees. Your blood pressure
and pulse (EKG strips) will be monitored frequently before, during and
after the test. The test is an attempt to reproduce the symptoms you develop
prior to fainting. It is important to tell your doctor or nurse any symptoms
that you note.
Electrical cardioversion involves delivery of a direct-current electrical
shock to the heart that is set to be synchronized or coordinated with
the natural electrical activity of the ventricle, or the bottom chamber
of the heart. A cardiologist and a registered nurse are present for all
tests. We offer private testing rooms and the comfort of diagnostic testing
in a hospital setting.
Holter monitoring is a continuous recording of your EKG, usually for a
24-hour period. It is useful in diagnosing abnormal heart rhythms. You
will be asked to keep a diary and note any activities or symptoms that
you may experience during the testing period. Jupiter Medical Center’s
Cardiology Services offers compact digital recorders for testing; they
weigh only 2.5 ounces and are designed for patient comfort. Your physician
will receive the results of your test the next day.
Echocardiography provides images of the structure of the heart; including
heart size, valve structure and pumping strength. A transducer that sends
ultrasound waves is held against the chest. A computer uses the information
from the transducer to produce an image of the heart. The procedure takes
approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. Jupiter Medical Center’s
Cardiology Services offers testing in private rooms utilizing all digital
Trans Esophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)
TEE is often used when the results from standard echo studies were not
sufficient or when your doctor wants a closer look at your heart. TEE
is often combined with Doppler ultrasound and color Doppler to evaluate
blood flow across the heart's valves. It can also help determine the
presence of heart disease and abnormalities of the left atrium. Jupiter
Medical Center’s Cardiology Services offers you the comfort of diagnostic
testing in a hospital setting, where patients are tested in private rooms
under the supervision of a cardiologist.
An EEG, or electroencephalogram, can help in the diagnosis of epilepsy,
stroke (CVA), transient ischemic attack (TIA), syncope, headaches, meningitis
or encephalitis. During an EEG, the electrical signals of the brain are
recorded. Electrodes, or sensors, placed on yours scalp during the procedure
detect the activity and transmit it to a polygraph where it is recorded
for review. All testing is performed in a private EEG room by a registered
EEG technologist with more than 30 years of experience.