Heart Examinations

North Shore Medical Center (NSMC) offers state-of-the-art heart examinations.

Heart examinations are a crucial means of diagnosing and managing heart disease and other cardiac conditions. For patients on Boston's North Shore, the NSMC Heart Center offers fully integrated cardiac services, including comprehensive testing services. Heart examinations at the NSMC Heart Center are performed by physicians and clinically trained technicians.

Heart examinations offered at NSMC:

  • Heart rhythm monitors (Holter and event monitors). This type of cardiac evaluation monitors recorded heart rhythms over periods of 24 hours or longer, to test for any rhythmic irregularities.
  • Stress tests. Stress examinations measure the response of the heart to a greater demand for oxygen, recording the electrical activity of the heart during walking and running.
  • Cardiac ultrasound. These heart examinations use ultrasound technology to determine the size and function of the heart muscle and valves.
  • Tilt table. For patients who experience fainting spells, this device enables physicians to produce and observe a fainting spell under controlled conditions.

Fully integrated services


The NSMC Heart Center is the only center offering fully integrated cardiac services to North Shore patients. In addition to heart examinations, services at the NSMC Heart Center include:
  • Cardiac surgery
  • Angioplasty
  • Electrophysiology
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Cardiac risk reduction
  • Catheterization

Partnership with Massachusetts General Hospital


Recognized by Thompson Reuters as one of the nation's top 100 facilities for cardiovascular care, the NSMC Heart Center offers patients access to a wide range of cardiac exams and treatment. NSMC has partnered with Massachusetts General Hospital to create a world-class interventional cardiology and cardiac surgery program, where North Shore patients can receive exceptional care from top cardio vascular surgeons at a location close to home, with compassionate clinical care provided by a team of North Shore physicians, nurses, clinical assistants, administrators and support staff.

After the examinations and surgeries: innovative support programs to heal the heart.

Recovering from cardiac treatment or heart surgery requires a great deal of support. NSMC provides a range of programs and support groups that help patients and their families manage the recovery process and establish routines and lifestyle changes to prevent, treat and reverse heart disease. These include smoking cessation, diabetes management, cardiovascular risk reduction, Living Well with Heart Failure programs and a cardiac rehabilitation program.

Learn more about heart examinations and cardiac surgery Boston.