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Expertise and innovative technology to diagnose your heart disease in its earliest, most curable stage.
If you’re at risk for heart disease because of your family history or lifestyle, you may already know that time is of the essence in identifying heart disease while it’s still in its earliest stage, before you have symptoms. The good news is that heart disease can be discovered early - or even prevented altogether – if you get regular checkups and heart screenings.
At the Heart and Vascular Institute (HVI) our primary goal is to head off your heart disease before it progresses to more advanced stages. Our cardiologists have the expertise and the latest technology to give you the critical diagnostic information you need as efficiently and quickly as possible. We work in close conjunction with referring and specialty physicians to create a tailored plan of imaging that will deliver the most helpful results, provided to your physician on the same day in almost all instances.
Every diagnostic procedure is supervised and interpreted by one of our board-certified cardiologists. Our exceptionally skilled and caring staff will guide you through every aspect of your procedure, from preparing for the day of the test to what you might expect during and following the test. As always, your care is provided in a patient-centered, compassionate environment that’s designed to maximize your comfort and peace of mind.
Why Choose Us
- State-of-the-art facilities, including nationally accredited nuclear cardiology lab and echocardiography lab.
- The latest 3D transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and 3D transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) technology that enables physicians to visualize cardiac structures from multiple perspectives in real time.
- Tests are supervised by cardiologists and staffed by highly skilled nurse practitioners, physician assistants, sonographers and technicians.
- Test appointments are arranged to offer prompt evaluation in convenient and comfortable locations.
- Test results are generated promptly and are immediately sent to your requesting physician upon report completion.
Our diagnostic procedures are performed with the highest standard of care and state-of-the-art technology to obtain the best results and maximize your comfort and convenience. These procedures are typically painless and allow you to resume your normal activities almost immediately:
- Cardiac event recorder monitoring: A battery-powered portable device that allows you to record your heart’s electrical activity when you have symptoms.
- Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG): A test that measures your heart’s rate and rhythm.
- Holter and event monitoring: A portable EKG monitor that measures your heart’s electrical activity continuously for a period of 24 to 48 hours.
- Ambulatory blood pressure monitors: A small machine that records your blood pressure every 15 to 30 minutes.
- Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE): An echocardiogram that uses ultrasound waves to map a picture of your heart and arteries by moving a transducer over your chest.
- Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE): An echocardiogram that uses ultrasound waves to create images of your heart and arteries. The transducer is attached to a thin tube that passes through your mouth, down your throat and into your esophagus.
- 3D echocardiography: An echocardiogram that provides a three-dimensional, detailed anatomical view of your heart and arteries, which can reveal problems such as valvular defects and cardiomyopathies.
- Stress (exercise tolerance) echocardiography: An echocardiogram that is performed while you are exercising on a treadmill or stationary cycle to measure your heart’s blood supply and rhythm.
- Nuclear perfusion cardiac imaging: A procedure that uses nuclear medicine to evaluates your heart’s function and blood flow.
- Stress (exercise tolerance) test: A test that measures your heart's blood supply and rhythm while you are exercising on a treadmill or stationary cycle.
- Tilt table test: A test to determine the cause of fainting episodes due to an abnormal drop in blood pressure and heart rate. In this test, you lie down on a table that moves from a lying down to an upright position while your symptoms, heart rate, EKG reading and blood pressure are monitored.
- Cardiac computed tomography (CT) and coronary CT angiography: X-ray imaging techniques that use a computer to produce cross-sectional images to examine your heart and blood vessels for problems.
- Vascular ultrasound (e.g., carotid ultrasound): Ultrasound that evaluates your body’s circulatory system and help identify blockages and detect blood clots.