University Hospitals St. John Medical Center Adds New State-of-the-Art Stress Test Equipment

Cardiologists Nadim Al-Mubarak, MD and John Coletta, MD

When it comes to Stress Testing (Electrocardiograms) and Stress Echocardiograms, University Hospitals St. John Medical Center in Westlake offers state-of-the art services.

New to its cardiac lab are two pieces of equipment that provide the best in cardiac data interpretation and tests.

The new equipment updates include the acclaimed GE CASE exercise testing system and Phillips EPIQ 3D echo machine.

“It is state of the art,” says cardiologist Nadim Al-Mubarak, MD. “It is an example of University Hospitals’ commitment to providing state-of-the-art equipment.”

“In the true spirit of supporting Vision Zero: No Harm, No Suffering, No Defects, UH St. John Medical Center continues to invest in capital replacements that meet the needs of our community and caregivers.  Most recently, we have invested in state-of-the-art technology for cardiac stress testing.  We have very talented cardiologists and nurses in our Harrington Heart and Vascular department and they deserve the best technology to diagnose and care for their patients,” says Jonathan Sague, Chief Operating Officer, UH St. John Medical Center.

The machines give cardiologists a look at the heart’s beating pattern and an opportunity for diagnosis of early heart disease, heart attack, beating rhythm, exercise tolerance and more.

From the hi-def images generated by this equipment, doctors can review the data they need to make the most accurate diagnoses. Many times, an early diagnosis of a heart condition can initiate life-saving and life-prolonging intervention.

Drs. Al-Mubarak and Coletta in the cardiac lab at UH St. John Medical Center.

“The combination of both pieces of equipment provides us with confidence interpreting stress tests and obtaining accurate results,” reports Dr. Al-Mubarak.

The CASE Cardiac Assessment System for Exercise Testing from GE Healthcare goes beyond conventional ST segment (heartbeat) assessment to enable advanced analysis of patient risk, functional changes and ST changes. It compares the patient’s exercise measurements against established benchmarks and highlights deviations, aiding clinicians in the identification of subtle deviations in the test results signaling the need for further evaluation and treatment or for recommendations on lifestyle management. It is also key in identifying coronary artery disease in women, assessing risk of sudden cardiac death, and exercise capacity as an indicator of mortality.

“It reaffirms the continuing commitment of University Hospitals to the community,” adds cardiologist John Coletta, MD, Chair, Department of Cardiology, UH St John Medical Center.

“The images it provides are just amazing,” reports Linda Owen, Manager of Cardiovascular and Neurodiagnostic services at UH St. John Medical Center. “Plus, the treadmill offers significant safety upgrades.”

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