Non-Invasive Cardiology Diagnostic Testing
The types of non-invasive cardiology diagnostic tests performed include: electrocardiogram (EKG), exercise stress test, nuclear exercise stress test, Holter monitor, echocardiogram (echo), stress echocardiogram and transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE). Learn how these tests are performed in the Diagnosis section of each heart and vascular condition description.
They are offered at the Heart Station and the Cardiac Diagnostic Center on the campuses of Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest and Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. More details, including hours, are available in the testing and imaging directory.
The Cardiac Diagnostic Center
The Cardiac Diagnostic Center is where outpatient diagnostic tests are performed on the heart. These tests are used to diagnose and treat heart disease. The Cardiac Diagnostic Center provides experienced and knowledgeable staff, and state-of-the-art technology and equipment for all heart testing.
Home Sleep Testing
Your physician might recommend that you complete home sleep testing if there is suspicion that you are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. To schedule a sleep test, you will need a prescription from a referring physician. You will meet with a trained medical professional at one of our convenient locations to pick up the sleep testing equipment and receive easy-to-follow instructions and a demonstration showing how to properly use the equipment. The equipment is taken home where you will complete your sleep test. Once you have completed your sleep test, you will return the equipment to the same location where it was dispensed. The data will be downloaded and analyzed by one of our board-certified sleep physicians. Test results will be sent to your referring physician. After the test has been interpreted, you will be asked to make an appointment to meet with one of our sleep specialists to review the results.
Call 888-402-LVHN to request an appointment to pick up your home sleep testing equipment at this location. In-lab testing is available at our sleep centers in Allentown, Bethlehem and Hazleton. Learn more about our sleep testing locations.
At Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, the Cardiac Diagnostic Center is located in the 1250 building, Suite 305. At Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg, the Cardiac Diagnostic Center is located in the 2649 building, Suite 303.
The Heart Station
The Heart Station is where inpatient and outpatient diagnostic tests are performed on the heart. These tests are used to diagnose and treat heart disease. The Heart Station provides an experienced and knowledgeable staff, and state-of-the-art technology and equipment for all heart testing.
The Heart Station is located in the Diagnostic Care Center on the first floor of the Jaindl Pavilion at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, and in the Diagnostic Care Center on the second floor at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg.
Frequently asked questions about Heart Station testing
Who performs the tests in the Heart Station?
A team of trained medical diagnostic technicians performs all of the cardiac testing in the Heart Station.
Do I need a prescription or an order to have a test done in the Heart Station?
Yes. A doctor needs to order the test. If you are an outpatient, the doctor or office needs to give you a prescription to bring with you the day of your test.
How do I schedule a test in the Heart Station?
If you are an inpatient, the Heart Station will schedule a time for you to come for your test and arrange it with your nurse.
If you are an outpatient, your doctor’s office may call for the test or may tell you to call to schedule the test. To schedule a test, call 888-402-LVHN.
Do the tests performed in the Heart Station hurt?
The tests performed in the Heart Station are all “non-invasive” tests. This means they are performed without anything entering into the body. Therefore, the tests are considered painless. Some tests require that an intravenous (IV) be started in your arm.
Do I have to do anything to prepare for a test in the Heart Station?
Some of the tests in the Heart Station have specific patient preparation instructions, while others do not require any patient preparation. Ask your doctor for a patient preparation instruction sheets that will provide you with information.
When will I know the result of my test?
The doctor who ordered your test will tell you the result of your test. After your test is performed, a physician reviews it and interprets the information. This interpretation is then typed into a report. The typed report is required to be reviewed by the physician. Following this final review, the report is sent to your physician.
Will my test in the Heart Station be covered by my insurance?
Every insurance plan is different. You will need to check with your insurance company about your coverage.