Archive for the ‘Services’ Category

Renal Ultrasound

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Renal Ultrasound uses sound waves to evaluate flow in the arteries leading to the kidneys. An abnormal renal ultrasound study could be caused by blockages in the renal arteries leading to severe hypertension.

For more information on renal ultrasounds, please visit our Heart Center.

Venous Duplex

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Venous Duplex is an ultrasound procedure that is performed to evaluate the veins in the legs or the arms primarily to rule out blood clots. A venous duplex is also used to evaluate leg swelling and varicose veins.

For more information on this procedure, please visit our Heart Center.

Abdominal Ultrasound

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

An Abdominal ultrasound uses sound waves to determine the size of  the abdominal aorta. An abdominal ultrasound is also used to rule out an aneurysm. For more information on cardiac care and your heart, please visit our Heart Center by clicking here.

Carotid Duplex Ultrasound

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

A carotid duplex ultrasound is an imaging procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to view the blood vessels in the neck and to determine the presence of narrowing in the carotid arteries.

For more information on caring for your heart and cartoid duplex ultrasound, please visit our Heart Center.

Echocardiograms

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

An echocardiogram (echo) is a type of ultrasound test that produces an image of your heart. An echocardiogram generally is used to evaluate heart wall thickness and motion, as well as the structure and function of the heart valves.

The three different types of echocardiograms are:

  • Transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) is the most commonly used echocardiogram. Views of the heart are secured by moving the transducer to various locations on the chest or abdominal wall.
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE). For TEE, the transducer is passed down the esophagus and usually shows clearer pictures of your heart. For your comfort, a sedative and an anesthetic are applied to the throat during this exam.
  • Stress echocardiogram involves a transthoracic echocardiogram both before and after your heart is stressed.

For more information on echocardiograms and about your hear, please visit our Heart Center.

Regular Stress Test

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

A regular stress test helps to assess coronary blockages by monitoring EKG changes during treadmill exercise protocols. Although helpful in making a diagnosis, a regular stress test lacks the sensitivity and specificity of nuclear stress tests.

For more information on regular stress tests, please visit our Heart Center.

Coronary Angioplasty & Stents

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Coronary angioplasty is a medical procedure used to open arteries that have narrowed to the point that they impede blood flow to the heart. Angioplasty refers to a balloon dilation of a coronary blockage. A stent is a small metal device inserted in the heart to keep the vessel open. For more information, please click here.

Cardiac Catheterization

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Cardiac Catheterization can diagnose as well as treat heart and blood vessel conditions. Angiography, which is used for diagnosis, is the most common type of heart catheter procedure.

For more information on your heart and cardiac catheterrization, please visit our Heart Center.