Sometimes lifestyle changes and medication are not enough to combat heart disease. When other treatments are no longer effective, your physician may recommend an implantable cardiac device (pacemaker) to help monitor and/or regulate the rhythm of your heart.
A form of medical imaging in which techniques are used to get a close look at the heart and circulatory system. Doctors can look at the heart from the outside of the body using specialized cameras to isolate the area of interest and create a picture.
Tests or treatments that require something (catheter, needle, etc) to be inserted into the body to perform a diagnostic test or to treat a disease or condition found from a diagnostic test. Small incisions are made for these procedures, roughly the size of a paperclip.
Many indications of heart trouble only occur during activities outside the doctor\'s office. Ambulatory electrocardiography, or heart rhythm monitoring, enables doctors to evaluate the heart\'s electrical impulses throughout daily activities such as exercise, eating, emotional stress and sleep.
Provides information about how the heart works during physical stress. Some heart problems are easier to diagnose when the heart is working hard and beating fast. During testing, a patient exercises (treadmill or stationary bike) to make the heart work hard and beat fast. Tests are done on the heart during exercise.
Operation on the heart or the arteries responsible for blood flow to this organ. A surgeon might perform this type of surgery for a variety of purposes, including to repair heart valves, redirect blood flow, and correct abnormal heart rhythms. It also includes heart transplantation.
What to Expect Angioplasty: A small balloon is attached to a catheter that will be guided to the proper location within your artery and inflated. Pressure from the inflated balloon will push plaque against the walls of your artery and…More on This Service
What to Expect This stress test involves walking on a treadmill, gradually increasing the speed and incline at which you walk. Preparation There is no preparation for this test other than wearing comfortable clothing and walking shoes. Time This test…More on This Service
Patients who may need an ICD: People who have an episode of sudden cardiac death or ventricular fibrillation People who have had a heart attack and are at high risk for sudden cardiac death People who have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and…More on This Service
What to Expect The biggest advantage to echocardiography is that it is noninvasive (doesn’t involve breaking the skin or entering body cavities) and has no known risks or side effects. Preparation There is no preparation for this test other than…More on This Service
What to Expect Small sticky patches are applied to the skin and wires are hooked to the patches. No electrical impulses are felt. Preparation There is no preparation for this test. Time This test takes approximately 10 minutes to be…More on This Service
What to Expect A catheter is inserted through your groin and guided through your artery up into your heart. The physician can send impulses to stimulate the heart, allowing the physician to identify what type of heart rhythm problem you…More on This Service
What to Expect These monitor systems are either wireless or wanded, and they are automated so that data is downloaded from the device using radio transmissions and communicate through a base station to the screening service or doctor’s offices. These…More on This Service
What to Expect We will be using a nuclear isotope. THIS IS NOT A DYE and should not cause any side effects or reactions. It is a small amount of radiation, comparable to a series of chest x-rays. This is…More on This Service
What to Expect Pacemakers are implanted in the hospital. You are relaxed, yet awake, and will most likely spend the night. Preparation You will need to arrange for transportation home after the procedure. You may not eat or drink for…More on This Service
Normally the opening, the foramen ovale, closes within a year or two of birth. In about one out of four people, this doesn’t happen and symptoms may occur. In a baby, the skin will turn bluish when straining to cry…More on This Service
What to Expect Varicose veins do not function properly and do not return blood back to the heart. The pressure that causes these veins to enlarge can also eventually damage normal surrounding tissue and overlying skin. RFA is used to…More on This Service
Such as: Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Aneurysm Renal (Kidney) Artery Disease Reynaud’s Disease or Reynaud’s Syndrome Buerger’s Disease Peripheral Venous Disease Varicose Veins Blood Clots Blood Clotting Disorders Lymphedema TIA Stroke Atherosclerosis After undergoing CVC’s state-of-the-art imaging diagnostics, sometimes these…More on This Service
What to Expect In sclerotherapy, a chemical agent is injected through a tiny needle into the vein. The solution causes the damaged vein to corrode, and the body reabsorbs it while blood flow is redirected to healthy veins. Time Sclerotherapy…More on This Service
What is an Acute MI? A heart attack occurs when the blood supply is interrupted to the heart which causes some of the cells die. The most common cause of the interruption is blockage, or occlusion, of a coronary artery…More on This Service
What to Expect The micro-incisions are so small that they are closed with sterile tape and not stitches. Once healed they are rarely visible. Bruising will occur and will take a few weeks to go away. A compression bandage is…More on This Service
What to Expect It is used to monitor the blood flow and blood pressure in the chambers of your heart and blood flow within your coronary arteries. Defects in the movement of the heart wall can also be detected. A…More on This Service
Symptoms When this happens some, or all, of the following symptoms may be present: Trouble breathing (shortness of breath) Swelling of feet and legs Weight gain from water (swelling) Lack of energy/trouble carrying out physical activities Difficulty sleeping at night…More on This Service
Carotid Ultrasound A painless and harmless test that uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the insides of the the two large arteries in your neck. Abdominal Ultrasound Uses reflected sound waves to produce a picture of the organs…More on This Service
What to Expect Holter Monitors A holter monitor is a portable device worn continuously for 24 hours. This is helpful in observing for occasional arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms) that would be difficult to identify on an EKG. Event Monitors Event…More on This Service
What to Expect TEE involves passing a special ultrasound scope through your mouth into your esophagus and close to the heart to take images. This test gives your physician more detailed answers of your heart function. Preparation You should not…More on This Service
What to Expect A transducer (like a microphone) sends out ultrasonic sound waves at a frequency too high to be heard. When the transducer is placed on the skin at certain locations and angles, the ultrasonic sound waves move through…More on This Service