Non-Invasive / General Cardiology

Innovative testing and imaging techniques give the best view of your unique condition. Using echocardiography, cardiac CT, nuclear cardiology, vascular ultrasound and stress testing, our heart experts identify your personal risk to develop your most effective care plan. Which means your journey to the best outcome and a better lifestyle gets started off right with confidence – getting you back home and healthy.

Cardiac Testing and Imaging Procedures

Treadmill Stress Test
For this test, an EKG (electrocardiogram) is conducted while you’re on a treadmill. By gradually increasing the treadmill’s incline, the test evaluates your body’s response to physical activity, revealing potential artery blockages or exercise-related heart rhythm issues. It can also identify or rule out heart problems not recorded during a standard, resting EKG.

Holter Monitor Test
A Holter Monitor continuously records your heart’s rhythm for 24 or 48 hours. Small patches are placed on your chest, and then connected to a recording device that you can wear on your belt or in your pocket. This painless test records how your heart reacts during rest, activity and stress throughout your normal day, and helps identify any abnormal heart rhythms and their possible triggers.

Nuclear Medicine Tests
These types of tests show how well your heart muscle receives oxygen-rich blood before and after exertion. By injecting low-dose nuclear medicine, such as Cardiolite or Rubidium, through an IV, images are created before and after you exercise or take medication. If your heart has less blood following exercise or medication, then there is a strong likelihood that there are blockages impeding blood flow. This can put you at risk for heart problems.

Using ultrasound waves, we evaluate the condition of your heart muscle and valves. Most echocardiograms are similar to getting an x-ray or ultrasound. Others, like the transesophageal echocardiogram (which involves placing a small, flexible tube down your throat), are more involved and require sedation.

Cardiac & Vascular CT
This test is used to improve our ability to see how well heart muscle picks up blood flow. A complete image of your heart on the screen means that there are no blood flow concerns which means less risk for a heart attack. An incomplete image of your heart suggests blockages that may need to be treated with stents or heart surgery. During the test, you lie down on an examination table that is moved into a donut shaped machine. This test provides us with a full image of your chest and allows us to focus on the heart and isolate it from all other organs. A small amount of radioactive material is then injected to see how well the heart receives blood flow. The heart is then stressed using a medication called Adenosine and another set of images is then created. Cardiologists then compare the two sets of pictures looking for any changes in how your heart picks up blood flow.

Other Procedures

• Stress Echo
• Ankle Brachial Indices (ABI)
• Upper Extremity Arterial (UE)
• Lower Extremity Arterial (LE)
• Upper Extremity Venous (UE)
• Lower Extremity Venous (LE)
• Renal Arterial Duplex
• Carotid Ultrasound
• Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)