The MCU-FDTMF Hospital’s Cardiology Section, commonly known as the Heart Station, caters to both adult and pediatric in-out-patients serving hundreds of patients per month both for walk-in and scheduled procedures.  Aside from diagnostic services, the Heart Station also conducts various ultrasound-guided procedures.

Being well-equipped and well-manned, the Heart Station is able to provide an avenue for better diagnosis and management of several cardiovascular infirmities. Respected adult and pediatric cardiologists and neurologists are affiliated with the section. Together with these notable doctors are skilled staffs that are well-trained to cater to the services offered by the station.

The Heart Station is located at the hospital’s ground floor and is open from 8:00am to 5:00pm, Mondays to Saturdays.

Services Offered

The Heart Station provides the following services:

24- hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABPM)

Procedures to measure blood pressure as you move around doing your normal daily routine. It is normally carried over 24 hours and uses a small digital blood pressure machine that is attached to a belt around your body and is connected to a cuff around your upper arm. It is small enough that you can go about your normal daily activities and even sleep with it.

24- hour Holter Monitoring

A device commonly used to keep track of your heart rhythm while doing your normal daily routine.

2-D Echocardiogram (2-D echo)

It is a non-invasive procedure used to assess the heart’s structures and function.

A transducer is placed on the chest of the patient and uses ultrasonic sound waves to detect any structural abnormality and function of the heart.  It is basically an ultrasound procedure that focuses on the heart.

Vascular imaging

A test that uses ultrasound waves to evaluate the blood flow, blood pressure, circulation and level of oxygen in the blood in the veins and arteries.

Stress Test

Stress test is a procedure that uses a treadmill with both ECG and blood pressure monitoring. It is used frequently to assess prognosis and determine functional capacity, and also in assessing the probability and extent of coronary disease, and the effects of therapy.

Electro cardiogram (ECG/ EKG)

ECG is a procedure that determines the electrical activity of the heart through line tracings on paper.

Electroencephalogram (EEG)

A diagnostic test used to detect abnormalities related to the electrical activity of the brain. This procedure tracks and records brain wave patterns.

Note: Procedures like stress test; EEG, 24-Holter monitoring and ambulatory blood pressure monitoring are done by schedule thru personal or phone call inquiries. 


The Heart Station started in the early eighties under the chairmanship of Dr. Marcelito L. Durante and Dr. Lutgarda C. Quito and currently headed by Dr. Leandro C. Bongosia. It is consists of a 5-member technician/staff who are trained in doing echo, ECG, stress test, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring and holter monitoring. Results are interpreted by cardiologists who are fellows of the Philippine Heart Association and its subsequent societies.