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Cardiovascular Clinical Physiology Laboratory

Multidisciplinary Approach

The Clinical Physiology Stress Testing Laboratory at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center was established in 1981. The laboratory performs more than 7,250 cases per year using a multidisciplinary approach of health care professionals. The staff is comprised of physicians, physiologists and technologists.

State-of-the-Art Equipment

The various laboratories features state-of-the-art equipment and has a national and international reputation as a core lab for various research projects utilizing stress testing as an outcome measurement. Clinically, the lab is utilized to provide detection, prognosis and risk stratification of various forms of heart disease.

Modalities of Testing

Modalities of testing include exercise testing with non-imaging, nuclear perfusion and echocardiography/wall motion or gradient. Pharmacologic or pacing stress is used as indicated. Metabolic (oxygen consumption) and oxygen saturation testing can be performed in conjunction with select stress testing. T-wave alternan can be utilized to detect patients who are at increased risk for  sudden cardiac death syndrome.

Patients Appropriate for Referral

Patients with the following conditions are appropriate for referral:

  • Chest pain syndrome
  • Unexplained shortness of breath
  • Unexplained arm, neck, back or jaw discomfort
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Palpitations
  • Dizziness and  fainting episodes

Contact Information

General Heart Care Services
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
617-667-8800

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