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Tests & Treatments

The following tests and treatments are some of the most common tests and treatments offered by specialists in this area. These specialists offer many other advanced tests and treatments for a wide range of medical problems. Please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) if you have questions about specific tests or treatments not listed here.

  • Angiogram

    Angiogram is an X-ray exam of the blood vessels to diagnose blockages, narrowing or other blood vessel problems. Also referred to as angiography, this procedure uses a special dye (or contrast agent) to make the blood vessels visible.
  • Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy

    Cardiac resynchronization therapy is used to treat people with advanced heart failure whose right and left ventricles are not contracting at the same time. A small device called a biventricular pacemaker is implanted in the chest, under the skin. The pacemaker sends electrical impulses to the heart muscle to match up the beating of both sides of the heart. This resynchronization improves the heart’s function.  
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICD)

    Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) are small electronic devices placed in people who are at risk of sudden cardiac death due to ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation, a weakened or enlarged heart, congenital heart disease or a genetic health condition. Implanted in the chest, the ICD detects any life-threatening rapid heartbeat, or arrhythmia, and sends an electrical shock to the heart to bring the rhythm back to normal.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of large magnets, radiofrequencies and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body.
  • Cardiologists and cardiac surgeons in Rush's Advanced Heart Failure and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program offer ventricular assist devices for either temporary heart support or as long-term therapy for people who can't have heart transplants.