Cardiopulmonary services include a broad spectrum of advanced, non-invasive testing to aid in the diagnosis of heart disease and the assessment of heart function.
Services include echocardiography and stress tests, resting electrocardiograms (EKGs) and ambulatory EKGs (Holter monitoring).
Echocardiography, a cardiac ultrasound or heart sonogram, uses high-frequency sound waves to evaluate your heart structure and physiology through two-dimensional, Doppler and color Doppler modalities. The procedure can be used as a primary tool in diagnosing a number of heart conditions.
Coronary artery disease, or heart blockages and hardening of the arteries, can be evaluated through stress testing with echocardiography imaging. A stress test can be performed one of two ways at our offices, and your cardiologist will determine which method is best for you: exercising on a treadmill to raise your heart rate or using an intravenous medication called dobutamine to induce stress on the heart. Both procedures are done under close supervision by a physician.
Sonographers certified by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography administer echocardiography and stress tests using state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment in a fully digital lab for clear, immediate results. The echocardiography lab is accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories for adult and stress echocardiography.
We also perform vascular echocardiographies, resting EKGs, transesophageal EKGs and exercise and pharmacologic stress echocardiograms.
EKGs are used to measure the heart's electrical impulses for heart condition diagnosis. Pads are placed on a patient's chest to monitor heartbeat patterns.
We also provide Holter monitors, a portable EKG apparatus a patient wears for 24 hours, as well as month-long cardiac event monitoring to observe intermittent disturbances in heart rhythm.