Diagnosing Your Condition
The first step in your care process is to understand the nature of your disease so that we can diagnose your condition. Your physician will usually draw from the following diagnostic options:
Medical History and Physical Examination
A medical history and physical examination are always a part of evaluating a person who has symptoms of chest pain or risk factors for heart disease.
An [echocardiogram (also called an echo) is a type of ultrasound test that picks up echoes of high-pitched sound waves as they bounce off the different parts of your heart.
Our advanced nuclear laboratory performs several types of cardiovascular diagnostic tests. With the use of hi-tech computers, we can analyze relative blood flow and global function of the heart muscle. Nuclear cardiac tests may be used in conjunction with treadmill or pharmacological stress tests.
Holter and Event Monitoring (EKG/ECG)
This test records the electrical activity of your heart while you do your usual activities. Holter monitors are referred to by several names, including ambulatory electrocardiogram, ambulatory EKG, Holter monitoring, 24-hour EKG, or cardiac event monitoring.
The carotid ultrasound test uses reflected sound waves to evaluate blood as it flows through the carotid artery.
Exercise Stress Testing
An exercise electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a test that checks for changes in your heart while you exercise. Sometimes EKG abnormalities can be seen only during exercise or while symptoms are present. This test is sometimes called a “stress test” or a “treadmill test.”
Cardiac Computed Tomography (CT)
A computed tomography (CT) scan uses X-rays to make clear, detailed pictures of your heart. Each picture taken shows a small slice of the heart.
Peripheral Arterial and Venous Ultrasound and Mapping
This exam uses sound waves to search for blood clots in the legs. It is sometimes used to help determine the cause of swelling in the legs.