When you suspect a heart attack, a fast, precise diagnosis is critical. Our Chest Pain Center, accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, consistently exceeds the national standards for door-to-balloon times—the interval between a heart patient’s arrival in the ER and completion of a procedure to open a blocked artery—which puts us in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide.

Advanced Technology for Heart & Vascular Diagnosis

When you choose Parkland Medical Center, you have access to advanced diagnostic tools and services delivered with your safety and comfort in mind. You’ll benefit from:

  • Our sophisticated cardiac catheterization lab and nonsurgical interventional cardiology procedures—including the latest technique using the radial artery in the arm rather than the femoral artery in the leg—allowing us to diagnose heart conditions 24/7 and often treat them on the spot with the least invasive means possible
  • Cardiac CT scanning that produces detailed images to assess blood flow to the heart
  • Our nationally accredited echocardiography lab including 3-D imaging
  • Electrophysiology (EP) services, including pacemaker implantation and outpatient consultation
  • Analysis and reprogramming for pacemakers and implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICD)
  • Our same-day/next-day stress testing—with the safest, newest, patient-friendly nuclear medicine substances—and quick results that may lead you directly into treatment, if indicated

Cardiac Tests and Imaging

Your cardiovascular care at Parkland may involve one or more of the following procedures:

  • Angiography – Uses X-rays and a special dye to create images of the inside of vessels surrounding the heart
  • Cardiac catheterization – Employs a thin, flexible tube and X-rays in a minimally invasive procedure to see inside the heart and blood vessels
  • Echocardiogram (ECHO) – Uses noninvasive ultrasound imaging to detect weaknesses in the heart’s rhythm and function; types of echocardiograms include color flow, Doppler, intraoperative, stress and transesophageal (TEE)
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) – Measures the electrical activity of the heart
  • Electrophysiology (EP) study – Examines the heart’s electrical system to diagnose and treat abnormal heart rhythms
  • Holter/event monitoring – Records the heart’s electrical signals through electrodes attached to the chest
  • Nuclear cardiac imaging – Uses small amounts of radioactive material to assess blood flow and other cardiac activity
  • Segmental blood pressure – Monitors blood pressure in each leg to test for possible obstructions in your arteries
  • Stress tests – Monitors heart rate, rhythm and blood pressure to determine how well the heart manages exercise; may be combined with echocardiograms (stress echo tests) or nuclear medicine
  • Vascular testing – Employs a comprehensive range of noninvasive procedures to determine blood flow and circulation or blockages in vessels outside the heart
  • Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring – Records blood pressure readings intermittently throughout a 24- or 48-hour period as you go about your normal routine

Rehabilitation & Recovery

Support your recovery and regain function during and after treatment by taking advantage of our cardiac rehab program. Our compassionate clinicians, nurses and therapists deliver the expert care you need.