Heart Tests and Heart Disease Diagnosis

Scripps leading the way in cardiac imaging and diagnostics

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Scripps leading the way in cardiac imaging and diagnostics

Scripps has advanced cardiovascular imaging and diagnostics technologies used by top-notch physicians and medical specialists to test for heart disease, diagnose conditions and recommend treatment plans.


In our facilities throughout San Diego, radiologists, nurses, technicians and cardiologists work as a team. Scripps provides more cardiac imaging exams and diagnostic tests for heart disease than any local health care provider. It is also where heart diagnostics breakthroughs happen and innovative therapies are studied in clinical trials.

Heart diagnostic tests

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Heart diagnostic tests

  • Non-imaging heart tests
  • Cardiac imaging
  • Nuclear cardiac imaging
  • Non-imaging heart tests
  • Cardiac imaging
  • Nuclear cardiac imaging

Heart imaging services

physicians review patient results

Heart imaging services

Testing the heart, tracking performance

Determining the best course of treatment for a heart condition may begin with one or more diagnostic tests to understand how the heart is functioning. These heart tests can be performed in the office of a Scripps cardiologist or at our hospitals, clinics and outpatient imaging centers.


Scripps offers the latest in heart disease diagnosis and screening to ensure that patients receive a comprehensive evaluation that gives medical teams information required to provide optimal care. Diagnostic testing and procedures for the heart at Scripps include:

Non-imaging heart tests

  • Head upright tilt test (also known as tilt table test)

Cardiac imaging

Imaging of the heart is often central to collaboration among treatment teams before, during and after innovative heart procedures and surgeries. For example, physicians at Scripps specializing in 3-D echocardiograms work real-time with surgeons during interventional procedures such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).


Scripps is a leader in training hospital heart teams on this leading-edge combination of structural cardiology intervention and imaging.


If you have signs or symptoms of a cardiovascular problem such as chest pain or tightness, an imaging exam may be part of your overall heart care. Imaging exams and procedures for the heart at Scripps include:


Nuclear cardiac imaging

Nuclear heart imaging exams use an injection of a small amount of safe radioactive tracer into the bloodstream. For nuclear imaging of the cardiovascular system, the tracer is viewed with a gamma detector as it moves with the blood through the heart, creating computer-generated images. Nuclear imaging procedures for diagnosing heart conditions at Scripps may include:


  • Blood volume test performed to measure the amount of blood in the body, as well as the volume of red blood cells and plasma.
  • Nuclear exercise stress test that tracks and measures blood flow to the heart at rest and during and after exercising at a target heart rate on a treadmill or stationary bicycle.
  • Pharmacological nuclear stress test that tracks and measures blood flow to the heart at rest and after medication is provided to dilate vessels and increase the heart rate.
  • Hemodynamic test that evaluates the function of the heart and circulation and can help pinpoint the cause of circulation abnormalities such as syncope, a momentary loss of consciousness due to decreased blood flow to the brain.

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