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Our three phases of cardiovascular care, for a healthier you.

Noninvasive procedures:

Treadmill Stress Test - Precisely measures your body's reaction to physical activity in a safe and controlled environment.

Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) - Monitors electrical activity of the heart, picking up even the slightest, but potentially dangerous, abnormalities.

Echocardiogram - A simple outpatient test that positively identifies problems of the heart valves and muscle function.

Holter Monitoring - A 24-hour, carry-along heart monitoring system, capable of pinpointing previously difficult-to-detect heart rhythm problems.

Nuclear Imaging - Scans the heart using a special camera to visualize the blood flow pattens through the heart muscle for an accurate analysis.

Advanced Medication - Saves thousands of lives each year, without surgery.

Pperipheral Vascular Lab - Detects narrowing of the blood vessels that restrict blood flow.  Mostly occurs in the legs, but sometimes seen in the arms.

 

Invasive procedures:

Diagnostic Cardiac Catheteriziation - Utilizes a flexible, narrow tube (catheter) through a vein or an artery into the heart to withdraw samples of blood and also to measure pressures in the heart chambers and vessels.

Coronary Angiography - An X-ray of the blood vessels of the heart, which gives us a clear picture of any potential problems.

 

Interventional procedures:

Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA) - More commonly known as "balloon angioplasty," it's a method of treating the narrowing of a coronary artery by inserting a specialized catheter with a balloon attachment.  By inflating the balloon, we are able to open the narrow portion of the artery to restore proper blood flow to the heart.

Laser Angioplasty - To open a narrow vein or artery using laser technology.

Peripheral Vascular Interventions - Procedures that help to open blockages in peripheral arteries and restore blood flow to the lower body, legs, kidneys and carotid arteries.

Intracoronary Stent Deployment - An implantation technique used to reinforce the wall of a vein or artery and ensure its openness.

Intravascular Ultrasound Imaging - Used to evaluate any potential heart disease or plaque build-up.

Endomyocarial Biopsy - Used to remove some of the heart's tissue for microscopic evaluation.

Pacemaker and Defibrillator Insertion - Used to treat a slow-beating heart, by electrically stimulating the heart to contract properly.

 

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