Cardiac Care



Cardiac Care at Regional Medical Center of Central Alabama focuses on the functions and disorders of the heart and its connected circulatory system. According to the American Heart Association, 84 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease, affecting blood flow throughout the body. Cardiovascular disease can lead to heart attacks, strokes or other serious complications.

Our services:

  • Echocardiogram
  • Stress Testing

Echocardiogram

An echocardiogram is a quick and painless imaging test that helps your doctor evaluate your heart. The procedure involves the placement of three EKG leads as well as a small amount of gel on a transd An echocardiogram is a quick and painless imaging test that helps your doctor evaluate your heart. The procedure involves the placement of three EKG leads as well as a small amount of gel on a transducer on the patient's chest. The procedure is videotaped for the physician to review how well the heart contracts to squeeze blood from the heart, and includes assessing how well the heart valves open and close, reviewing the motion of the artery walls, and looking for fluid or tumors surrounding the heart.

Stress Testing

Stress testing is one of the simplest and fastest procedures used to evaluate the heart. Regional Medical Center of Central Alabama utilizes GXT (graded exercise stress test), a procedure in which Stress testing is one of the simplest and fastest procedures used to evaluate the heart. Regional Medical Center of Central Alabama utilizes GXT (graded exercise stress test), a procedure in which the patient begins to do an activity which causes the heart to work hard (usually walking on a treadmill) and a physician gradually increases the level of the activity until the patient reaches a target heart rate. Throughout the entire procedure, the patient is connected to a cardiac monitor that the physician watches closely for any changes or abnormalities. Cardiac rhythm is observed and an EKG is printed. Finally, the physician analyzes all of the information acquired, which helps to determine if there are any cardiac problems and if further tests are warranted.



For more information, please call: (334) 383-2321