Advanced Heart specializes in the prevention and treatment of heart conditions and vascular diseases.
We offer these examinations in our office to help diagnose and effectively treat heart conditions accurately.
- Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
- Ischemic Heart Disease
- Cardiac Arrhythmias
- Valvular Heart Disease
- Peripheral Arterial Disease
- Electrocardiogram (EKG) Electrodes are placed on your chest wall, arms and legs. It will capture and record the electrical activity in the heart. This helps detect possible heart disease such cardiac rhythm abnormalities, signs of occluded arteries, abnormal cardiac muscle.
- Echocardiogram – Ultrasound gel is applied to your chest. An ultrasound probe, which is a handheld wand, is then moved across your chest. Ultrasound is high frequency sound waves, used to evaluate your heart size, function, valve function among many other parameters.
- Stress echocardiography – Your heart size and function are first evaluated by ultrasound in a similar process to an echocardiogram. You will then be guided to the treadmill where you will walk according to a set protocol. Your blood pressure, heart rate and electrocardiogram will be monitored throughout the test. Your heart function will then again be evaluated at peak stress. This test is designed to evaluate the presence of significant coronary disease.
- Ankle Brachial Index – (ABI) A systolic blood pressure measurement is obtained in the arm as well as in the legs. A fraction is calculated between the measurements. This is used to evaluate for the possible presence of obstruction of arterial flow in the leg arteries.
- Carotid ultrasound – Ultrasound gel is applied to your neck area above your collar bones and extended to an area below your chin. A handheld ultrasound transducer is moved over the neck arteries. It is a painless imaging test that uses high frequency sound waves to create pictures of the inside of the carotid arteries. This study is designed to evaluate for the presence, severity or absence of atherosclerotic plaque in the cartoid arteries.
- Venous ultrasound and doppler – Ultrasound gel is applied to the venous vessel segment that is to be studied, this can involve the vessels in the legs as well as the arms. An ultrasound transducer is then advanced over the selected vessel. This study is designed to evaluate for the presence of possible clot formation in the veins, valve function in the veins can also be assessed.
- Abdominal aortic ultrasound – Ultrasound gel is applied to the center of your abdomen. An ultrasound transducer is advanced over your abdominal aorta. This test is designed to evaluate for atherosclerotic plaque as well as dilation of the abdominal aorta. Abdominal aortic aneurysms are also identified with this ultrasound.
- Arterial ultrasound and doppler – Ultrasound gel is applied to the arterial vessel segment that is to be studied, this can involve the vessels in the legs as well as the arms. An ultrasound transducer is then advanced over the selected vessel. This study is designed to evaluate for the presence, severity or absence of atherosclerotic plaque buildup in the vessels studied. Other causes of obstructed arteries or dilated arteries can also be evaluated.