Cardiac and Vascular Testing
We offer patients access to the region's most comprehensive cardiac screening and diagnostic technology services provided by Stamford Hospital's Heart & Vascular Institute. Mill River Imaging Center, Tully Health Center, and Darien locations all meet your needs for cardiac testing.
Our entire staff is committed to patient-centered care. All patients scheduled for testing at our Cardiac Catheterization Lab receive individual, personalized phone calls, pre-op and post-op, to ensure they feel well prepared for their procedures and are recuperating appropriately afterward.
Our technology and expertise are on the leading edge; the nuclear cardiology lab has been accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories.
Reasons for cardiac testing
Your doctor may recommend a single test or a combination of tests to:
- Determine a possible heart-related cause of certain symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or arrhythmia (irregular heart beats)
- See how well your heart valves are working
- Recommend an appropriate exercise routine
Common types of cardiac and vascular testing
Our experienced cardiovascular technologists perform tens of thousands of tests each year, including:
- Electrocardiograms: Also called an echo or cardiac ultrasound, this procedure shows the structure, movement and size of different parts of your heart.
- Coronary angiogram: A type of x-ray test performed to determine any blockage or narrowing of coronary arteries.
- Nuclear imaging: A type of imaging-based testing that uses a small amount of radioactive material to diagnose heart conditions or diseases.
- Cardiac CT scans: A test that uses x-rays to take detailed images of the heart and blood vessels within.
- Vascular testing: Any type of diagnostic testing that looks for abnormalities within the body's circulatory system.
- Ankle-Brachial index: A non-invasive method that checks for a person's risk of peripheral artery disease (PAD), when the arteries in your arms or legs are blocked or narrowed.
- Pulse volume recording tests: A non-invasive tests that assesses the arterial blood flow in both the arms and legs.