Vanderbilt Heart

Vanderbilt Heart uses echocardiogram ("echo") testing to find out if the heart rate and rhythm are normal. The test shows the heart's electrical rhythm and is used to detect heart rhythm problems or ischemia (not enough blood flow to the heart muscle). Vanderbilt Heart is leading new initiatives to be able to better interpret these tests-- including test reading standards.


The Vanderbilt Heart Nuclear Cardiology program has expanded to using three gamma cameras, with the associated increments in nursing and technical staff. The laboratory has continued the practice of routine single isotope studies, reducing the amount of radiation exposure to patients. 

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