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Advanced Cardiac Testing Specialist

Lake Granbury Internal Medicine & Pediatrics

Penelope Jackson, MD

Internal Medicine & Pediatrics located in Granbury, TX

As an internal medicine physician, Penelope Jackson, MD offers comprehensive, in-office testing and diagnostics to ensure heart health at Lake Granbury Internal Medicine & Pediatrics in Granbury, Texas. For the convenience of every patient, Dr. Jackson provides on-site testing, including blood work, to screen for and help prevent heart disease. Find out more about advanced cardiac testing available by calling the Granbury office or use the online booking feature.

Advanced Cardiac Testing Q&A

Why do I need cardiac testing?

If you have underlying medical conditions that pose a risk to your heart, Dr. Jackson may recommend routine testing to identify heart issues as early as possible. Early diagnosis makes it possible to start treatment quickly or make necessary lifestyle changes to prevent heart disease and conditions like heart attack and stroke.

You may also need routine cardiac testing if you have a family history of heart disease. Dr. Jackson reviews your family medical history to determine if this type of screening is necessary to keep you healthy.

What cardiac tests are available in the office?

Dr. Jackson offers several advanced cardiac tests in a comfortable office environment, including:

  • Blood testing
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Stress test
  • Echocardiogram

Depending on your specific needs, Dr. Jackson may recommend one or more of these tests during your annual physical. You may also need to undergo one or more tests if you have symptoms, like unexplained chest pain, that needs a diagnosis.

What is an electrocardiogram?

An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a test that uses sensors placed around the heart to evaluate heart functionality. This noninvasive test records electrical signals your heart produces that sheds light on how well your heart is beating.

An ECG can also determine if there is damage in the muscles of your heart or if you have an arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat.

How does a stress test work?

A stress test requires that you move on a stationary bike or treadmill as Dr. Jackson carefully monitors your breathing and blood pressure. This type of testing can be useful in detecting coronary artery disease and help prevent heart attacks.

What is an echocardiogram?

An echocardiogram is a noninvasive imaging test that uses sound waves to check the health of your heart’s four chambers, their valves, and pumping ability.

Dr. Jackson can view the chambers of your heart in real time during this test to determine if there are any signs of damage or issues affecting your heart’s ability to effectively pump blood.

Find out more about the available cardiac tests by calling the Granbury office or by using the online booking feature.