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The Heart Institute of Venice offers a noninvasive Bio-Z Impedance Cardiography test to help assess, diagnose and treat patients with medical conditions such as heart failure and high blood pressure. The test allows our physicians to fine tune treatment for patients without having to perform an invasive procedure.

The Bio-Z Noninvasive Hemodynamic Monitor is based on thoracic impedance. It sends a small current through the patient’s chest to show the difference in the blood in the aorta when the heart is contracting and when it is at rest.

What is the Bio-Z test?

The Bio-Z test is a medical technology breakthrough that provides physicians safe, noninvasive access to information about your heart’s ability to deliver blood to your body, how hard your heart is pumping, and how much blood is in your chest.

This information assists physicians to:

  • Help identify underlying cardiovascular problems
  • Customize and target treatment
  • Monitor the effectiveness of prescribed medications

What happens during the BioZ test?

Sensors are placed on each side of your neck and chest. A cable from the Bio-Z monitor will then be connected to the sensors. Information about your height, weight and age will be entered into the Bio-Z monitor. Your Bio-Z measurements will be taken as you lie on your back and remain still for two to five minutes.

When the test is complete, your Bio-Z report will be printed for your physician to review, and the cable and sensors will be removed.

The digital readouts produced by the monitor allow cardiologists to determine whether or not a patient’s blood flow is normal and whether blood vessels coming out of the heart are constricted or normal. This data is used to adjust medication accordingly. It literally shows how effective the heart is each time it beats.

Your physician will explain the results of the test to you and answer any questions you may have.

(Sources: centralbap.com and stfranciscare.org)