Non-Invasive Cardiovascular Services
Cardiac Stress Testing - Electrocardiographic (EKG) examination of the heart at rest and at various levels of exercise. May reveal abnormalities of the blood supply to the heart muscle and/or abnormalities of the heart rhythm not seen at rest. May be performed on a treadmill or an IV drug may be administered to simulate the heart at exercise. Often performed in conjunction with Nuclear Cardiology or the Stress Echo.
Cardioversion - A procedure used to convert an irregular heart rhythm to a normal heart rhythm by applying electric shock or using certain medications.
Coronary CT Angiography - Coronary Computed Tomographic Angiography - (64 slice CCTA) is a new, state-of-the-art, non-invasive, diagnostic tool that visualizes the myocardium (heart), aorta, lungs and coronary circulation and may dramatically alter the way cardiac and vascular diseases such as coronary artery disease (CAD), dissections and aneurysms of the aorta, and atrial fibrillation are diagnosed, evaluated and treated.
Doppler Study - A diagnostic study using special tool that detects the presence or absence of flow in blood vessels through the skin.
ECG or EKG - Electrocardiogram - A test that records the electrical activity of the heart muscle and rhythm, usually done while the patient is lying down at rest.
Echocardiogram - Use of high frequency sound waves to visualize continuous blood and heart movements.
Event Monitoring - A small recording device, worn for up to 30 days while the patient performs their normal daily activities. When the patient experiences a symptom (or "event") that might be heart related, the patient activates a memory record button on the device. Then the device will typically store the heart rhythm that occurred 45 seconds before and 15 seconds after the record button press. The device's memory is then downloaded for the physician to examine.
Head Up Tilt Table (HUTT) Test - Test performed on a table that "tilts" the patient from a supine to standing position for various periods of time. Ordered by the physician to determine if near syncopal/syncopal (fainting) episodes might be related to cardiovascular causes.
Holter Monitoring - A small device, worn by the patient while the patient performs their normal daily activities. The device provides continuous recording of the electrical activity of the heart for 24 hours or more to determine abnormalities.
Nuclear Cardiology/Nuclear Stress Testing - Imaging of the heart at work (exercise) and at rest using injection of a harmless radioactive tracer(dye) and a gamma camera that produces comparative pictures of the blood supply to the heart muscle at work and at rest. May be performed on a treadmill or an IV drug may be administered to simulate the heart at exercise.
Stress Echocardiography - High frequency sound wave image of the moving heart, done at rest, followed by imaging after exercise on a treadmill or after an IV drug has been administered to simulate the heart at exercise.
Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) - A diagnostic test, using a special probe placed within the esophagus, that employs ultrasound waves to make images of the heart chambers, valves and surrounding structures.