Heart arrhythmia can impact your quality of life. Don’t let your heart rhythm disorder go untreated. The electrophysiologist of the Kansas City Heart Rhythm Institute at the Research Medical Center Heart and Vascular Institute are able to provide a clear, accurate diagnosis and an optimal treatment plan.
Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
An electrocardiogram measures your heart’s electrical activity at one point in time. The quick and painless test, includes EKG stickers (electrodes) placed on your chest to determine if your heart is overworked, fast, slow or irregular.
A holter monitor allows your electrophysiologist to assess how your heart acts during everyday activities. It’s a wearable device used to continuously record your heart’s activity overtime. Irregular heart rhythms and symptoms can come and go. Your doctor will provide you with a holter monitor if needed.
Tilt Table Testing
The tilt table test simulates the act of lying down to standing up while your heart rate and blood pressure are monitored This test shows how your heart reacts to a change in position. If you have episodes of unexplained fainting (syncope), this test may be ordered to help identify the cause.
Exercise Stress Test
An exercise stress test simulates the effects of exercise on your heart. The test shows how your heart performs during physical activity. If you’re unable to exercise, a stress test may be conducted by administering a medication to mimic the impact of exercise on the heart.
Implantable Loop Monitor
A loop recorder continuously monitors your heart rhythm. Loop monitor implantation procedures are performed as a quick outpatient procedure using local anesthesia. It can help your physician in diagnosing issues that occur occasionally and are accompanied by severe symptoms. The monitor is placed under the skin of your chest (usually about 1/8 of the size of a USB or pack of gum) and it continuously monitors your heart beat. The implantable loop monitor can also help with continuing evaluation of your condition by telling your physician if your medications, pacemaker or defibrillator is working properly.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the heart is an imaging study of your heart. It helps your electrophysiologist understand the structural details of your heart. The test will provide your doctor the information he or she needs to assess for the presence of inflammation, infiltrates and scar tissue which may be critical for the diagnosis and treatment of your heart rhythm condition.