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Using special equipment and sophisticated techniques, our experts quickly diagnose your condition. This may include one or more tests to examine your heart and vascular system functioning. We are proud to be one of the first programs with an accredited clinical vascular laboratory offering non-invasive, high-resolution diagnostic imaging.
Every year, more than 12,000 patients undergo diagnostic testing at the Henry Ford Cardiovascular Laboratories. Our labs have accreditation from the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories. This means we adhere to strict national standards for quality and safety.
The cardiovascular testing labs at Henry Ford perform the largest number of heart tests in southeast Michigan. With locations across the Detroit metro area, we offer the complete spectrum of cardiovascular testing including:
Cardiovascular testing provides vital information about your condition, such as:
If you are under a doctor’s care for an existing condition, these tests will let us know whether there are any changes in your condition.
We perform cardiac stress tests (also known as metabolic stress tests), using exercise equipment such as treadmills and stationary bicycles, our specialists measure how hard your heart and lungs work under stress. If you’ve never exercised before, you can relax knowing that we perform over 500 of these tests a year. We’ll make sure you stay safe and comfortable.
We are one of few hospitals in southeast Michigan with dedicated stress testing facilities. These tests provide valuable information to help us manage patients with life-threatening conditions such as advanced heart failure. Learn more about our Advanced Heart Failure Program.
Simple blood tests provide information about your risk for heart disease. They can also let us know whether treatments (including special medications) are working.
Laboratory tests include:
If a blood test comes back positive or outside of a heart healthy range (for example elevated cholesterol levels), we may need to conduct other tests to learn more. Your cardiologist will let you know what to do. Learn more about cardiology.
Non-invasive tests provide us with information about your heart without using injections or incisions. These tests can tell us things like whether you have had or are at risk for a heart attack and whether there have been changes in your heart rhythm.
Non-invasive cardiovascular testing includes:
Some conditions, such as peripheral artery disease (PAD) require special testing to measure blood pressure in your legs. These tests include:
Henry Ford is one of few programs in the country with a dedicated clinic offering lifelong care for this condition. Learn more about our PAD clinic.
Using x-ray machines and advanced imaging technology, we create high-resolution images of your heart and surrounding structures.
These tests include:
If you have vascular disease and are not able to control your symptoms with medication, or you are in a lot of pain, you may need a visceral vascular exam. These tests can help us pinpoint blockages and other conditions affecting your blood flow.
Visceral vascular evaluations include:
We perform some diagnostic tests in specialized testing facilities: