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  • Non-Invasive Cardiology Test Echocardiography Test AICD Check Patient’s name: Test date: Test time: See other side for test location and registration instructions. How to prepare for your test: What You Need to Know You may take your medications on the day of your test. You may eat and drink fluids on the day of your test. Required before test: Please provide a How long will the test take? signed physican order. About 30 minutes. Results will be sent to your ordering physician What is the purpose of the test? after a cardiologist’s To check the programmed settings and functionality of your automatic review. implantable cardioverter defibrillator (AICD). How is the test performed? You will lie on an exam table, and three small adhesive pads (electrodes) will be placed on your chest. A programming wand will be positioned over the AICD, and the associated computer will be used to evaluate the AICD. After the evaluation, the electrodes will be removed from your chest.
  • Your test will be conducted at: EIRMC Heart Center 2nd Floor (above Emergency Dept.) How to register: 3100 Channing Way Idaho Falls 208-529-7880 Please park in the lot in front of the Emergency Department or in the adjacent lots. Enter the hospital through the First Floor Emergency entrance and turn left into the Emergency Department waiting room. Register here at the Check-In desk. You will need to show a copy of your insurance card, driver’s license, and signed physician’s order (if available). After you register, you will Additional Parking take an elevator up one floor to the Heart Parking Center for your test. Enter Here A Place for Family and Friends Register Here You are welcome to bring a family member or friend to your test. Our Heart Center also Second Floor has a comfortable waiting area. Heart Center Waiting In case of schedule delays... Room We do our best to start your procedure on schedule, but sometimes another patient may experience a cardiac emergency that delays your procedure. If a Outpatient delay occurs, we will keep you informed of changes Cardiac and will start your procedure as soon as possible. Reception
  • Non-Invasive Cardiology Test Echocardiography Test Ankle-Brachial Index Patient’s name: Test date: Test time: See other side for test location and registration instructions. How to prepare for your test: What You Need to Know You may take your medications on the day of your test. You may eat and drink fluids on the day of your test. Required before test: Please provide a How long will the test take? signed physican order. About 30 minutes. Results will be sent to your ordering physician What is the purpose of the test? after a cardiologist’s To measure the blood pressure in the ankles and arms. The test uses review. blood-pressure cuffs on your arms and ankles and a small probe to listen to soundwaves produced in your arteries. How is the test performed? You will be asked to remove your shoes and stockings. You will lie on an exam table. A technician will attach blood-pressure cuffs to your arms and ankles. The technician will measure your blood pressure and use a probe to listen to soundwaves produced in your arteries. Occasionally, this test is followed by a treadmill test to determine if symptoms of leg pain will occur with exercise. You will walk on the treadmill at a slow pace for 5 minutes or less. If leg pain occurs, the technician will stop you. You will then be asked to lie on the exam table, and your arm and ankle blood pressures will be measured again. The results of your test will be carefully reviewed and interpreted by a cardiologist.
  • Your test will be conducted at: EIRMC Heart Center 2nd Floor (above Emergency Dept.) How to register: 3100 Channing Way Idaho Falls 208-529-7880 Please park in the lot in front of the Emergency Department or in the adjacent lots. Enter the hospital through the First Floor Emergency entrance and turn left into the Emergency Department waiting room. Register here at the Check-In desk. You will need to show a copy of your insurance card, driver’s license, and signed physician’s order (if available). After you register, you will Additional Parking take an elevator up one floor to the Heart Parking Center for your test. Enter Here A Place for Family and Friends Register Here You are welcome to bring a family member or friend to your test. Our Heart Center also Second Floor has a comfortable waiting area. Heart Center Waiting In case of schedule delays... Room We do our best to start your procedure on schedule, but sometimes another patient may experience a cardiac emergency that delays your procedure. If a Outpatient delay occurs, we will keep you informed of changes Cardiac and will start your procedure as soon as possible. Reception
  • Non-Invasive Cardiology Test Echocardiography Test Arterial Segmental Study Patient’s name: Test date: Test time: See other side for test location and registration instructions. How to prepare for your test: What You Need to Know You may take your medications on the day of your test. You may eat and drink fluids on the day of your test. Required before test: Please provide a How long will the test take? signed physican order. About 1 hour. Results will be sent to your ordering physician What is the purpose of the test? after a cardiologist’s To provide information about the quality of arterial blood flow in your legs. review. How is the test performed? You will be asked to lie down on an exam bed. A sheet will be placed over your legs. Blood-pressure cuffs will be placed on your legs and upper arms. The cuffs will be systematically inflated, and the evaluation equipment will indicate how well blood flows in your legs.
  • Your test will be conducted at: EIRMC Heart Center 2nd Floor (above Emergency Dept.) How to register: 3100 Channing Way Idaho Falls 208-529-7880 Please park in the lot in front of the Emergency Department or in the adjacent lots. Enter the hospital through the First Floor Emergency entrance and turn left into the Emergency Department waiting room. Register here at the Check-In desk. You will need to show a copy of your insurance card, driver’s license, and signed physician’s order (if available). After you register, you will Additional Parking take an elevator up one floor to the Heart Parking Center for your test. Enter Here A Place for Family and Friends Register Here You are welcome to bring a family member or friend to your test. Our Heart Center also Second Floor has a comfortable waiting area. Heart Center Waiting In case of schedule delays... Room We do our best to start your procedure on schedule, but sometimes another patient may experience a cardiac emergency that delays your procedure. If a Outpatient delay occurs, we will keep you informed of changes Cardiac and will start your procedure as soon as possible. Reception
  • Non-Invasive Cardiology Test Echocardiography Test Carotid Doppler Study Patient’s name: Test date: Test time: See other side for test location and registration instructions. How to prepare for your test: What You Need to Know Wear a loose-neck shirt or blouse. Required How long will the test take? before test: Please provide a About 30 minutes. signed physican order. What is the purpose of the test? Results will be sent to your ordering physician To look for problems with blood flow in the walls and interior of the after a cardiologist’s carotid arteries. Our two carotid arteries, located in the neck, supply blood review. to the brain. How is the test performed? You will be placed on your back, and your head will be turned to the left and then to the right. On the skin of your neck a water-soluble gel will be applied. A handheld device (known as a transducer) will be gently rubbed over your neck to direct high-frequency sound waves to the arteries being tested. The ultrasound machine will use these waves to create images of your carotid arteries, which will be evaluated by a cardiologist.
  • Your test will be conducted at: EIRMC Heart Center 2nd Floor (above Emergency Dept.) How to register: 3100 Channing Way Idaho Falls 208-529-7880 Please park in the lot in front of the Emergency Department or in the adjacent lots. Enter the hospital through the First Floor Emergency entrance and turn left into the Emergency Department waiting room. Register here at the Check-In desk. You will need to show a copy of your insurance card, driver’s license, and signed physician’s order (if available). After you register, you will Additional Parking take an elevator up one floor to the Heart Parking Center for your test. Enter Here A Place for Family and Friends Register Here You are welcome to bring a family member or friend to your test. Our Heart Center also Second Floor has a comfortable waiting area. Heart Center Waiting In case of schedule delays... Room We do our best to start your procedure on schedule, but sometimes another patient may experience a cardiac emergency that delays your procedure. If a Outpatient delay occurs, we will keep you informed of changes Cardiac and will start your procedure as soon as possible. Reception
  • Non-Invasive Cardiology Test Echocardiography Test Dobutamine Stress Echo Patient’s name: Test date: Test time: See other side for test location and registration instructions. How to prepare for your test: How is the test What You Need to Know Do not eat or drink after midnight the night before performed? the test. An IV line will be started in your hand or arm, and a Required No caffeine for at least 12 hours, and preferably 24 hours, before the test. blood-pressure cuff will be before test: placed on your arm. EKG Please provide a Cardiac medication restrictions are at the discretion leads will be attached to signed physican order. of the ordering physician or the cardiologist. your chest to monitor the electrical activity of Results will be sent to How long will the test take? your heart. A baseline your ordering physician About 2 hours. assessment of your heart after a cardiologist’s rate and blood pressure review. What is the purpose of the test? will be done. This procedure is done as a substitute for an exercise The echo technician will echo for persons who may be unable to exercise on apply warmed gel to your a treadmill or stationary bicycle. The procedure chest. Then he/she will position mimics exercise by injecting an intravenous (IV) the ultrasound probe (transducer) medication called dobutamine, which causes the on your chest and use a small amount heart to beat faster and stronger as it does during of pressure to obtain the desired image. exercise. The dobutamine infusion will begin at a rate determined by your weight. The rate of the infusion Examples of reasons for having this procedure: will be increased every three minutes until you have • to assess the heart's function and structure reached your target heart rate (determined by the • to assess limits for safe exercise in patients who are physician based on your age and physical condition) entering a cardiac rehabilitation program and/or or until the maximum dose of dobutamine has been those who are recovering from a cardiac event reached. After the dobutamine is started and after such as heart attack or heart surgery each increase in the dobutamine rate, your blood pressure will be checked, an EKG tracing will be • to assess blood-pressure reaction during stress made, and echo images will be obtained. The testing technician will move the transducer in the area of • to assess stress or exercise tolerance in patients your sternum and then on your side so that all areas with known or suspected coronary artery disease and structures of your heart can be observed. • to assess cardiac status in patients who are about to Once you have reached your target heart rate or undergo surgery the maximum amount of the dobutamine, the medication will be stopped. Your heart rate, blood pressure, EKG, and echo will continue to be monitored for 10 – 15 minutes until they have returned to or near the baseline state. Once all the images have been taken, the technician will wipe the gel from your chest, remove the EKG electrode pads, and take out the IV line.
  • Your test will be conducted at: EIRMC Heart Center 2nd Floor (above Emergency Dept.) How to register: 3100 Channing Way Idaho Falls 208-529-7880 Please park in the lot in front of the Emergency Department or in the adjacent lots. Enter the hospital through the First Floor Emergency entrance and turn left into the Emergency Department waiting room. Register here at the Check-In desk. You will need to show a copy of your insurance card, driver’s license, and signed physician’s order (if available). After you register, you will Additional Parking take an elevator up one floor to the Heart Parking Center for your test. Enter Here A Place for Family and Friends Register Here You are welcome to bring a family member or friend to your test. Our Heart Center also Second Floor has a comfortable waiting area. Heart Center Waiting In case of schedule delays... Room We do our best to start your procedure on schedule, but sometimes another patient may experience a cardiac emergency that delays your procedure. If a Outpatient delay occurs, we will keep you informed of changes Cardiac and will start your procedure as soon as possible. Reception
  • Non-Invasive Cardiology Test Echocardiography Test Echo Complete Patient’s name: Test date: Test time: See other side for test location and registration instructions. How to prepare for your test: What You Need to Know Please wear a two-piece outfit. This will allow you to disrobe from the waist up and put on a hospital gown or be covered with a sheet. Required before test: How long will the test take? Please provide a signed physican order. About 30 – 60 minutes. Results will be sent to What is the purpose of the test? your ordering physician after a cardiologist’s An ultrasound of the heart muscle that measures chamber size (thickness review. and volume) and evaluates valves and blood flow. Known also as a transthoracic echo (TTE) test. How is the test performed? You will lie on a flat table or bed and a conductive gel will be applied to your chest. The cardiac sonographer will then press a small, hand-held device called a transducer against your gel-covered skin. The transducer will send high-frequency sound waves toward your heart, which will reflect the waves back to the transducer. The waves will be converted into electrical impulses that become a visible image on the echo machine. The sonographer can capture still or moving images for review at a later time. To obtain clearer and more-complete images, the sonographer may move the transducer to different areas of your chest. You may be asked to change positions and slowly inhale, exhale, or not breathe for short periods during the exam. Once all the images have been taken, the sonographer will wipe the gel from your chest.
  • Your test will be conducted at: EIRMC Heart Center 2nd Floor (above Emergency Dept.) How to register: 3100 Channing Way Idaho Falls 208-529-7880 Please park in the lot in front of the Emergency Department or in the adjacent lots. Enter the hospital through the First Floor Emergency entrance and turn left into the Emergency Department waiting room. Register here at the Check-In desk. You will need to show a copy of your insurance card, driver’s license, and signed physician’s order (if available). After you register, you will Additional Parking take an elevator up one floor to the Heart Parking Center for your test. Enter Here A Place for Family and Friends Register Here You are welcome to bring a family member or friend to your test. Our Heart Center also Second Floor has a comfortable waiting area. Heart Center Waiting In case of schedule delays... Room We do our best to start your procedure on schedule, but sometimes another patient may experience a cardiac emergency that delays your procedure. If a Outpatient delay occurs, we will keep you informed of changes Cardiac and will start your procedure as soon as possible. Reception
  • Non-Invasive Cardiology Test Echocardiography Test Echo with Agitated Saline Patient’s name: Test date: Test time: See other side for test location and registration instructions. How to prepare for your test: What You Need to Know Please wear a two-piece outfit. This will allow you to disrobe from the waist up and put on a hospital gown or be covered with a sheet. Required before test: How long will the test take? Please provide a signed physican order. About 1 hour. Results will be sent to What is the purpose of the test? your ordering physician after a cardiologist’s An ultrasound that allows the doctor to see images from inside the heart. review. The test includes the injection of agitated saline (a non-radioactive contrast agent) to help determine whether a shunt (passageway) exists between the left and right sides of the heart. How is the test performed? You will lie on a flat table or bed, and a cardiac sonographer will apply conductive gel to your chest. A small IV will be placed into a vein in your arm. Through the IV, contrast agent will be injected during the procedure. The sonographer will then press a small, hand-held device called a transducer against your gel- covered skin. The transducer will send high-frequency sound waves toward your heart, which will reflect the waves back to the transducer. The waves will be converted into electrical impulses that become a visible image on the echo machine. The sonographer can capture still or moving images for review at a later time. To obtain clearer and more-complete images, the sonographer may move the transducer to different areas of your chest. You may be asked to change positions and slowly inhale, exhale, or not breathe for short periods during the exam. Once all the images have been taken, the sonographer will wipe the gel from your chest.
  • Your test will be conducted at: EIRMC Heart Center 2nd Floor (above Emergency Dept.) How to register: 3100 Channing Way Idaho Falls 208-529-7880 Please park in the lot in front of the Emergency Department or in the adjacent lots. Enter the hospital through the First Floor Emergency entrance and turn left into the Emergency Department waiting room. Register here at the Check-In desk. You will need to show a copy of your insurance card, driver’s license, and signed physician’s order (if available). After you register, you will Additional Parking take an elevator up one floor to the Heart Parking Center for your test. Enter Here A Place for Family and Friends Register Here You are welcome to bring a family member or friend to your test. Our Heart Center also Second Floor has a comfortable waiting area. Heart Center Waiting In case of schedule delays... Room We do our best to start your procedure on schedule, but sometimes another patient may experience a cardiac emergency that delays your procedure. If a Outpatient delay occurs, we will keep you informed of changes Cardiac and will start your procedure as soon as possible. Reception
  • Non-Invasive Cardiology Test Echocardiography Test Echo with Contrast Patient’s name: Test date: Test time: See other side for test location and registration instructions. How to prepare for your test: What You Need to Know Please wear a two-piece outfit. This will allow you to disrobe from the waist up and put on a hospital gown or be covered with a sheet. Required before test: How long will the test take? Please provide a signed physican order. About 1 hour. Results will be sent to What is the purpose of the test? your ordering physician after a cardiologist’s An ultrasound that allows the doctor to see images from inside the heart. review. The test includes the injection of a non-radioactive contrast agent to improve the resolution of the pictures and to show blood flow. How is the test performed? You will lie on a flat table or bed, and a cardiac sonographer will apply conductive gel to your chest. A small IV will be placed into a vein in your arm. Through the IV, contrast agent will be injected during the procedure. The sonographer will then press a small, hand-held device called a transducer against your gel- covered skin. The transducer will send high-frequency sound waves toward your heart, which will reflect the waves back to the transducer. The waves will be converted into electrical impulses that become a visible image on the echo machine. The sonographer can capture still or moving images for review at a later time. To obtain clearer and more-complete images, the sonographer may move the transducer to different areas of your chest. You may be asked to change positions and slowly inhale, exhale, or not breathe for short periods during the exam. Once all the images have been taken, the sonographer will wipe the gel from your chest.
  • Your test will be conducted at: EIRMC Heart Center 2nd Floor (above Emergency Dept.) How to register: 3100 Channing Way Idaho Falls 208-529-7880 Please park in the lot in front of the Emergency Department or in the adjacent lots. Enter the hospital through the First Floor Emergency entrance and turn left into the Emergency Department waiting room. Register here at the Check-In desk. You will need to show a copy of your insurance card, driver’s license, and signed physician’s order (if available). After you register, you will Additional Parking take an elevator up one floor to the Heart Parking Center for your test. Enter Here A Place for Family and Friends Register Here You are welcome to bring a family member or friend to your test. Our Heart Center also Second Floor has a comfortable waiting area. Heart Center Waiting In case of schedule delays... Room We do our best to start your procedure on schedule, but sometimes another patient may experience a cardiac emergency that delays your procedure. If a Outpatient delay occurs, we will keep you informed of changes Cardiac and will start your procedure as soon as possible. Reception
  • Non-Invasive Cardiology Test Echocardiography Test Exercise Ankle-Brachial Index Patient’s name: Test date: Test time: See other side for test location and registration instructions. How to prepare for your test: What You Need to Know Wear comfortable walking shoes and two-piece clothing since you will be required to exercise as part of the test. Required before test: How long will the test take? Please provide a signed physican order. About 1 hour. Results will be sent to What is the purpose of the test? your ordering physician after a cardiologist’s To measure the blood pressure in the ankles and arms. The test uses sound review. waves (ultrasound) to map the anatomy, structure, and function of your circulatory system. The test can indicate the presence of peripheral arterial disease in the legs. This test is also known as a vascular stress test. How is the test performed? You will be asked to remove your shoes and stockings. You will lie on an exam table. A technician will attach blood-pressure cuffs to your arms and ankles. The technician will measure your blood pressure. This initial test will be followed by a treadmill or stationary-bicycle test to determine if you experience symptoms of leg pain as you exercise. You will walk on the treadmill (or pedal the bicycle) at a slow pace for 5 minutes or less. If leg pain occurs, the technician will stop you. Again you will lie on the exam table. The technician will measure your arm and ankle blood pressures. The results of your test will be carefully reviewed and interpreted by a cardiologist.
  • Your test will be conducted at: EIRMC Heart Center 2nd Floor (above Emergency Dept.) How to register: 3100 Channing Way Idaho Falls 208-529-7880 Please park in the lot in front of the Emergency Department or in the adjacent lots. Enter the hospital through the First Floor Emergency entrance and turn left into the Emergency Department waiting room. Register here at the Check-In desk. You will need to show a copy of your insurance card, driver’s license, and signed physician’s order (if available). After you register, you will Additional Parking take an elevator up one floor to the Heart Parking Center for your test. Enter Here A Place for Family and Friends Register Here You are welcome to bring a family member or friend to your test. Our Heart Center also Second Floor has a comfortable waiting area. Heart Center Waiting In case of schedule delays... Room We do our best to start your procedure on schedule, but sometimes another patient may experience a cardiac emergency that delays your procedure. If a Outpatient delay occurs, we will keep you informed of changes Cardiac and will start your procedure as soon as possible. Reception
  • Non-Invasive Cardiology Test Echocardiography Test Exercise Echo Patient’s name: Test date: Test time: See other side for test location and registration instructions. How to prepare for your test: the echo machine. What You Need to Know Wear a two-piece outfit and comfortable walking The technician can capture a still shoes. image or videotape moving images for review at a later Required How long will the test take? time. To obtain clearer and before test: more-complete images, the Please provide a About 45 minutes to 1 hour. technician may move the signed physican order. transducer to different What is the purpose of the test? areas of your chest. You Results will be sent Examples of reasons for having this test are: may be asked to change to your ordering positions and slowly • to assess limits for safe exercise in patients who are physician after a inhale, exhale, or not entering a cardiac rehabilitation program and/or breathe for short periods cardiologist’s review. those who are recovering from a cardiac event during the exam. such as heart attack or heart surgery • to assess leg pain with exercise in patients with Exercise suspected blockage in the legs' circulatory system After the resting echo images • to assess blood-pressure reaction during exercise have been obtained, you will begin • to assess stress or exercise tolerance in patients to exercise on a treadmill or stationary with known or suspected coronary artery disease bicycle. You will exercise until a target heart rate (determined by the physician based on How is the test performed? your age and physical condition) has been reached, First, you’ll receive a “resting” echo test. Then you’ll or until you are unable to continue exercising due exercise, and immediately afterward you’ll receive a to chest pain, leg pain, dizziness, severe shortness of second echo test (as described below). breath, or severe fatigue. Once the target heart rate has been reached, you will continue to exercise for a As part of this test, a technician will place on minute or so more. your chest small adhesive pads (electrodes) with wires that attach to an electrocardiography (EKG) Post-exercise echo machine, which will monitor your heart rhythm After exercise, you will lie down on the table or during the test. bed and the echo procedure will be repeated. Your Resting echo physician will compare the resting echo with the one done immediately after exercise. Once all the You’ll lie on a flat table or bed and a conductive images have been taken, the technician will wipe gel will be applied to your chest. The technician the gel from your chest. will then press a small, hand-held device called a transducer against your gel-covered skin. The transducer will send high-frequency sound waves toward your heart, which will reflect the waves back to the transducer. The waves will be converted into electrical impulses that become a visible image on
  • Your test will be conducted at: EIRMC Heart Center 2nd Floor (above Emergency Dept.) How to register: 3100 Channing Way Idaho Falls 208-529-7880 Please park in the lot in front of the Emergency Department or in the adjacent lots. Enter the hospital through the First Floor Emergency entrance and turn left into the Emergency Department waiting room. Register here at the Check-In desk. You will need to show a copy of your insurance card, driver’s license, and signed physician’s order (if available). After you register, you will Additional Parking take an elevator up one floor to the Heart Parking Center for your test. Enter Here A Place for Family and Friends Register Here You are welcome to bring a family member or friend to your test. Our Heart Center also Second Floor has a comfortable waiting area. Heart Center Waiting In case of schedule delays... Room We do our best to start your procedure on schedule, but sometimes another patient may experience a cardiac emergency that delays your procedure. If a Outpatient delay occurs, we will keep you informed of changes Cardiac and will start your procedure as soon as possible. Reception
  • Non-Invasive Cardiology Test Echocardiography Test Pacemaker Check Patient’s name: Test date: Test time: See other side for test location and registration instructions. How to prepare for your test: What You Need to Know You may take your medications on the day of your test. You may eat and drink fluids on the day of your test. Required before test: Please provide a How long will the test take? signed physican order. About 30 – 45 minutes. Results will be sent to your ordering physician What is the purpose of the test? after a cardiologist’s To check the settings, function, and battery longevity of your pacemaker. review. How is the test performed? You will lie on an exam table, and three small adhesive pads (electrodes) will be placed on your chest. A programming wand will be positioned over the pacemaker, and the associated computer will be used to evaluate the pacemaker. After the evaluation, the electrodes will be removed from your chest.
  • Your test will be conducted at: EIRMC Heart Center 2nd Floor (above Emergency Dept.) How to register: 3100 Channing Way Idaho Falls 208-529-7880 Please park in the lot in front of the Emergency Department or in the adjacent lots. Enter the hospital through the First Floor Emergency entrance and turn left into the Emergency Department waiting room. Register here at the Check-In desk. You will need to show a copy of your insurance card, driver’s license, and signed physician’s order (if available). After you register, you will Additional Parking take an elevator up one floor to the Heart Parking Center for your test. Enter Here A Place for Family and Friends Register Here You are welcome to bring a family member or friend to your test. Our Heart Center also Second Floor has a comfortable waiting area. Heart Center Waiting In case of schedule delays... Room We do our best to start your procedure on schedule, but sometimes another patient may experience a cardiac emergency that delays your procedure. If a Outpatient delay occurs, we will keep you informed of changes Cardiac and will start your procedure as soon as possible. Reception
  • Non-Invasive Cardiology Test Echocardiography Test Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE) Patient’s name: Test date: Test time: See other side for test location and registration instructions. How to prepare for your test: Your heart rate, breathing rate, and What You Need to Know blood pressure will be monitored Do not eat or drink for at least 6 hours before the throughout the test. Also, a small TEE. device used to measure the Required If you have dentures or dental prostheses, you will amount of oxygen in your need to remove them before the test. blood (pulse oximeter) may before test: be attached to your finger Please provide a Before the TEE, you will be given a sedative. You or earlobe. signed physican order. will not be able to drive for at least 24 hours after the procedure. You will be asked to lie Results will be sent to on your left side with your ordering physician Please arrange for someone to drive you home. your head tilted slightly after a cardiologist’s forward. A mouth guard How long will the test take? may be inserted to protect review. About 2 hours. your teeth from the probe. Then the lubricated tip What is the purpose of the test? of the probe will be guided into your mouth while your The purpose of the procedure may be any of the doctor gently presses your tongue following: out of the way. You may be asked to • Check how well an artificial heart valve works. swallow to help move the tube along. It • Look for masses or blood clots in the upper left may be helpful to remember that the instrument is chamber (left atrium) of the heart. no thicker than many foods you swallow. Once the • Identify abnormal blood flow between the probe is in your esophagus, it will be moved down gently to the level of your upper right heart chamber chambers of the heart (cardiac shunt). (atrium), and ultrasound images will be taken. You • Help find out if you have endocarditis. will not feel or hear the sound waves during the test. • Guide procedures done during cardiac You may receive an IV injection of saline or contrast catheterization. dye to help your doctor assess your heart function. • Help find out if you have a tear in the aorta (aortic During the test, try not to swallow unless requested. dissection). A nurse may remove the saliva from your mouth How is the test performed? with a suction device, or you can just let the saliva drain from the side of your mouth. The test is Your throat may be numbed with an anesthetic generally painless, but you may feel nauseated and spray, gargle, or lozenge to relax your gag reflex and uncomfortable while the probe is in your throat. to ease insertion of the probe. Shortly before the test begins, an IV line will be placed in a vein in your arm. Medicine to decrease saliva and stomach secretions may be given through the IV. A pain medicine and sedative will be given to you through the IV in your arm during the test. You should feel relaxed and drowsy but still alert enough to cooperate.
  • Your test will be conducted at: EIRMC Heart Center 2nd Floor (above Emergency Dept.) How to register: 3100 Channing Way Idaho Falls 208-529-7880 Please park in the lot in front of the Emergency Department or in the adjacent lots. Enter the hospital through the First Floor Emergency entrance and turn left into the Emergency Department waiting room. Register here at the Check-In desk. You will need to show a copy of your insurance card, driver’s license, and signed physician’s order (if available). After you register, you will Additional Parking take an elevator up one floor to the Heart Parking Center for your test. Enter Here A Place for Family and Friends Register Here You are welcome to bring a family member or friend to your test. Our Heart Center also Second Floor has a comfortable waiting area. Heart Center Waiting In case of schedule delays... Room We do our best to start your procedure on schedule, but sometimes another patient may experience a cardiac emergency that delays your procedure. If a Outpatient delay occurs, we will keep you informed of changes Cardiac and will start your procedure as soon as possible. Reception
  • Non-Invasive Cardiology Test Echocardiography Test Venous Scan Patient’s name: Test date: Test time: See other side for test location and registration instructions. How to prepare for your test: What You Need to Know No special preparations. Required How long will the test take? before test: Please provide a About 1 hour. signed physican order. What is the purpose of the test? Results will be sent to your ordering physician Sound waves are used to create a picture of the veins to determine the after a cardiologist’s presence or absence of blood flow and the direction of flow. The test can review. be used to diagnose clots or problems with the valves in the veins. How is the test performed? You will lie down on your back on an examination table. You will be completely covered except for the leg that is being evaluated. The technician or helper will initially hand-squeeze your ankle, then your calf, and then your thigh. You will be asked to tighten your stomach muscles and then relax. This will help determine reversal of blood flows in the legs. Then, the technician will apply a clear, water-based conducting gel to your leg to help with the transmission of sound waves. The technician will apply pressure to evaluate the elasticity of the veins down your leg. Then, the technician will move the ultrasound transducer (a handheld probe) over your leg to obtain high-quality pictures of your veins. In most cases, the technician will repeat this process for your other leg.
  • Your test will be conducted at: EIRMC Heart Center 2nd Floor (above Emergency Dept.) How to register: 3100 Channing Way Idaho Falls 208-529-7880 Please park in the lot in front of the Emergency Department or in the adjacent lots. Enter the hospital through the First Floor Emergency entrance and turn left into the Emergency Department waiting room. Register here at the Check-In desk. You will need to show a copy of your insurance card, driver’s license, and signed physician’s order (if available). After you register, you will Additional Parking take an elevator up one floor to the Heart Parking Center for your test. Enter Here A Place for Family and Friends Register Here You are welcome to bring a family member or friend to your test. Our Heart Center also Second Floor has a comfortable waiting area. Heart Center Waiting In case of schedule delays... Room We do our best to start your procedure on schedule, but sometimes another patient may experience a cardiac emergency that delays your procedure. If a Outpatient delay occurs, we will keep you informed of changes Cardiac and will start your procedure as soon as possible. Reception