Cardiac and Vascular Testing-Heart & Vascular Institute

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.