Diagnostic Testing

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In-Office Testing

EKG (Electrocardiogram)

A painless, non-invasive test that records a 12 lead assessment of electrical activity of the heart.  To learn more about what a EKG is, click here.

Echocardiogram

A painless, non-invasive highly specialized test, performed by our experienced certified technician in the office setting. This test provides anatomic information about the chambers and valves of the heart using ultrasound wave technology.  To learn more about echocardiograms, click here.

Nuclear Testing

A painless, non-invasive test that monitors the electrical activity of the heart at rest and during exercise. The patient walks on a treadmill while a continuous EKG monitors the electrical activity of the heart. A radioactive isotope is injected at rest and at peak exercise and state-of-the-art computer systems images blood flow to the heart. This test aides in detecting the presence of significant blockage in the arteries of the heart.

Holter Monitor

A painless, non-invasive test that is utilized for detecting arrhythmias (rhythm problems of the heart). The device will record the heart's electrical activity continuously for a 24-48 hour period.  Wires from a small, portable monitor are taped to the patient's skin, and he or she is asked to go about usual daily activities.  The patient keeps a diary so the physician can correlate the monitor's results with the patient reported symptoms.

Event Monitor

Event monitors are useful to diagnose arrhythmias that only occur once in a while.  The device is owrn continuously, but onyl records the heart's electrical activity when you push a button on the device.  You push the button on the device when you feel symptoms.  Event monitor are typically worn for one month, or as long as it takes to get a recording of the heart rhythm during symptoms.

Carotid Ultrasound

This is a painless, non invasive neck ultrasound test to identify plaque and blockages in carotid arteries.

Ankle Brachial Index

This is a non-invasive test measuring pressures in various segments of the limbs to evaluate peripheral arterial disease.

Advanced Lipid Testing

The advanced lipid testing is a blood test that allows us to evaluate multiple risk factors for coronary artery disease. This helps us in risk stratification and personalize treatment strategies for prevention and early identification and treatment of coronary artery disease.

Stress/Treadmill Test

The treadmill test is a form of a stress test.  This allows our doctor to analyze how your heart handles work.  Our results can show if your bood supply is reduced in the arteries that support your heart.  We can also see the level of exercise that is most appropriate for you.  We monitor your breathing, electrocardiogram, blood pressure, how tired you get, and your heart rate during the test.

Exercise Nuclear Stress Test

A painless, non-invasive test that aides in detecting the presence of significant blockage in the arteries of the heart. The patient walks on a treadmill while a continuous EKG monitors the electrical activity of the heart. A radioactive isotope is injected at rest and at peak exercise by a certified technician. State-of-the-art computer systems are used to image blood flow to the heart.

Chemical Nuclear Stress Test

A chemical stress test is very similar to the stress cardiolite test. However, this test is primarily for those who cannot walk on the treadmill well. Through an IV, a medicine is administered that simulates exercise for the heart. A radioactive isotope is injected at rest and at peak exercise by a certified technician. State-of-the-art computer systems are used to image blood flow to the heart.

Pacemaker Check

A pacemaker check is an evaluation of overall pacemaker function. It also includes evaluating the battery and leads (wires). We can also adjust the pacemaker if needed.

Anti-Coagulation Management (Protime & INR)

We draw blood by finger-stick and give immediate results for dosage adjustment of Coumadin (warfarin).

Mobile Cardiac Outpatient Telemetry (MCOT)

This device records the heart’s electoral activity continuously in real-time which can be monitored for up to 3 weeks. This device also helps in diagnosing not only symptomatic but also asymptomatic heart rhythm abnormalities.

Our In-Hospital Procedures

Heart Scan (Calcium Score)

By using a CT scanner, this tests for calcium buildup of plaque on the walls of the arteries.  It is used to detect coronary artery disease and, if present, can determine the severity. 

Vascular Screening

Carotid Artery Screening:  Blood vessels are checked for blockage using ultrasound.

 

Abdominal Aortic Aneursym Screening:  Using ultrasound, this test looks at the abdonminal aorta and checks for thinning or ballooning, either of which could suggest a potential rupture.

 

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Screening:  Blood pressure cuffs are placed on the ankles to evaluate blood flow in the legs.

Heart Scan Plus

This combination package includes the Heart Scan and Vascular Screening.

Cardiac Cathereization/Coronary Angiogram

This is an invasive procedure, frequently performed as an outpatient procedure in the hospital. This procedure assists the physician in determining the degree and location of any blockages in the arteries of the heart (coronary arteries) . A catheter is introduced through the femoral artery and then advanced into the arteries of the heart. Dye is then injected, thus enabling the physician to obtain images of the arteries. Treatment modalities will vary with the degree, severity and location of the atherosclerotic blockages that are detected.

Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA) & Stents

This is a invasive procedure frequently peformed as an out patient procedure to diagnose and treat. blockages in the arteries of heart. A small metallic coil that is deployed at the area of blockage after the PTCA. This metallic coil assists the artery walls in remaining open after the PTCA. To learn more about angioplasty & stents, click here.

Peripheral Artery Disease Treatment

Successful treatment of your peripheral artery disease (PAD) can make a significant difference in your life by:

  • Reducing your risk of heart attack and stroke

  • Providing relief from pain and other symptoms that have been preventing you from doing the many things you used to enjoy

  • Save your legs and feet from serious infection, gangrene, and amputation

 

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