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diagnosis and testing

overview

The tools we use to diagnose heart and vascular conditions range from the most basic to the most advanced in the industry. 

We begin with the simple tools — good communication, a stethoscope and a blood pressure cuff. We ask about your health history, your lifestyle and whether you've experienced symptoms of cardiac disease, like chest discomfort, heart palpitations, shortness of breath or swelling in your ankles and feet. 

We also use complex, advanced tests, such as chest X-rays, lab tests, EKGs and more. You will benefit from our state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment. 

These tests help to pinpoint whether your condition stems from problems with the structure or function of your heart, your blood vessels, your heart's electrical system — or a combination of these. Whenever possible, our goal is to treat not only your signs and symptoms but also your condition's underlying cause.

types

Advanced diagnostics and testing:

  • Autonomic reflex testing (also known as a tilt table test) evaluates the autonomic nervous system, which controls your heart and blood circulation.
  • Electrocardiograph (EKG) testing records your heart's electrical activity. EKGs can be ambulatory monitors, electrocardiograms (EKG or ECG), exercise stress tests or head upright tilt tests. 
Invasive testing is a medical term that means a doctor uses a tool to do testing inside your body. Invasive testing for heart and vascular conditions is performed with catheters, long thin tubes that are inserted into your blood vessels and often threaded into your heart. Types of invasive tests include:

Laboratory testing uses tests in the lab to diagnose and evaluate heart disorders. 

Nuclear imaging uses radioactive tracers and a special camera to study the structure and function of your heart. There are several types of nuclear imaging, including:

  • Hemodynamic test
  • Multigated acquisition scan (MUGA)
  • Nuclear adenosine stress test
  • Nuclear exercise stress test
  • Positron emission tomography (PET)
Radiographic testing uses X-rays and other technologies to create images of your chest and heart. There are several types of radiographic tests:

  • Chest X-rays
  • Computed tomography angiography (CTA)
  • Electron beam CT scan (EBCT)
  • Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)
Ultrasound testing of the heart (also known as echocardiography) uses sound waves to create moving images of your heart and blood flow. Types of ultrasound tests include:

  • Echocardiogram
  • Stress echocardiogram
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram 
Vascular testing identifies disorders of the veins and arteries. Vascular tests include:

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