Albany Med’s advanced facilities and technologies make sure patients have the best possible outcomes.
Echocardiography/Stress Test Lab Offers Diagnostic Accuracy
Albany Medical Center's fully accredited and fully digital echocardiography laboratory provides echocardiographic evaluations, including transthoracic studies, exercise echocardiograms, dobutamine stress echocardiograms, myocardial perfusion imaging and tilt table tests.
Our laboratory also performs transesophageal echocardiograms (TEE) to evaluate patients after transient ischemic attacks and stroke. All non-invasive diagnostic tests are conducted by physicians and technicians with finely honed interpretive and technical skills. The program’s technicians are certified by the Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.
The Region’s Most Advanced Electrophysiology Lab
The electrophysiology laboratory at Albany Med uses the very latest digital equipment, including a 3D electrical mapping system, where experienced specialists record the heart's electrical activity to diagnose and treat arrhythmias and cardiac conditions. And Albany Med has the region's only fellowship-trained cardiologist who can perform laser
extractions of defibrillators and pacemakers.
A Cutting-Edge Cardiac Catheterization Lab
Albany Med's three cath labs give physicians the ultimate view of the heart, both for diagnosing heart function and for clearing arterial blockages. These labs were the first in the region to offer drug-eluting stents, which not only reduce restenosis in patients down to as low as 3-7%, but also decrease the need for open-heart surgeries. The labs, which provide the region’s only pediatric catheterization program, can be mobilized within 30 minutes to treat patients in emergency situations.
A Sophisticated Cardiac Training Simulator
Albany Med is home to one of the most ingenious teaching devices ever created: the cardiac patient simulator. From aortic valve sclerosis and hypertension to mitral stenosis and acute pericarditis, the full-sized computerized mannequin realistically simulates 27 cardiovascular conditions, and assists physicians, nurses and medical students in studying a variety of cardiac conditions and in practicing their examinations.