Typically, noninvasive methods of care involve procedures or tools that do not break the skin or physically enter the body. Physicians have long used many basic external methods for assessing how the body functions, including touch and observation. Advances in technology continue to extend the range of noninvasive resources that contribute to effective heart care.

Noninvasive Heart Care at LewisGale

Noninvasive heart care offered at LewisGale includes:

  • CT (computed tomography) scanning – Uses X-ray technology to take multiple, detailed, cross-section views inside the body
  • MRI (magnetic resonance image) scanning – Uses magnetic waves to make detailed two- and three-dimensional images inside the body
  • PET (positron emission tomography) scanning – Uses small amounts of radioactive material to assess blood flow and other cardiac activity
  • Holter/event monitoring – Records electrical signals from the heart through electrodes attached to the chest for designated periods of time to track activity patterns
  • Echocardiography, including transesophageal (TEE) and stress – Uses ultrasound imaging to detect weaknesses in the heart’s rhythm and function
  • Electrocardiography (EKG) – Measures electrical activity of the heart
  • Electrophysiology (EP) – Studies the heart’s electrical system to diagnose and treat abnormal heart rhythms
  • Cardioversion – Delivers an electric shock to the chest through electrodes or paddles to re-establish normal heart rhythm
  • Congestive heart failure program – Helps you manage all aspects of heart disease
  • Protective (therapeutic) hypothermia – Innovative medical procedure that extends precious treatment time and helps reduce potential additional injury when responding to cardiac arrest
  • HeartMath/emWave Stress Relief System – Technologically advanced biofeedback system that assists in breaking the stress cycle; used in all LewisGale outpatient heart care programs
  • Tilt testing – Helps determine the cause of fainting (syncope)