Procedures Performed

ECHOCARDIOGRAM (also known as an “ECHO”):


This is a painless, non-invasive test that uses ultrasound waves to view the heart. There is no radiation involved. With ultrasound, we are able to view the heart in motion to look for damage to the heart muscle, problems with valves, or fluid around the heart, and also evaluate pressure and hemodynamics inside the heart.

STRESS ECHO:


This test is used to help diagnose coronary artery disease (CAD). During this test, the patient walks on a treadmill while we closely monitor their EKG, heart rate, and blood pressure. In addition, ultrasound is used to take pictures of the heart before and after exercise. All of this information helps the cardiologist to determine the presence of heart disease, often before there is any damage.

CAROTID DUPLEX:


This test uses ultrasound to view the arteries in the neck. It is a valuable tool in detecting plaque or blockages in the arteries which could lead to stroke.

ANKLE-BRACHIAL INDEX:


This test is used to check for peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Blood pressure cuffs are placed on the arms and ankles and inflated. A Doppler machine is then used to take blood pressure measurements. This provides us valuable information that helps us determine the health of the arteries.

ELECTROCARDIOGRAM (EKG):


This test is used to detect heart rhythm, increased thickness of the heart muscle, signs of decreased blood flow to the heart, previous and current heart attacks, and any problems with the electrical conduction in the heart. It is quick and painless, and simply involves placing 10 electrodes on the chest and limbs.

STRESS ABI:


This is basically a stress test for the legs. We measure your ABI before and after exercise, which involves either walking or doing toe raises for a few minutes.

ANGIOGRAM:


This test is performed in the hospital by the cardiologist. A guidewire is advanced through a small incision in the groin area, and a catheter is advanced to the heart where a dye is injected so that the coronary arteries can be visualized and evaluated for any blockages.