Cardiac specialties and procedures
This is a diagnostic procedure. This procedure helps doctors diagnose heart conditions such as coronary artery disease, defective heart valves, or congenital heart defects (defects you are born with). Cardiac catheterization also provides important information about the heart’s pumping function.
Coronary angioplasty / stent
This is a non-surgical treatment designed to open clogged arteries. This procedure is done after the doctor has seen the angiogram (picture) that shows where the arteries are blocked. Angioplasty, with or without stenting, opens the arteries to restore blood flow.
This examination is an ultrasound study of the heart. This exam is to evaluate the function, size, valvular structures and overall view of the heart.
Pacemakers are usually implanted just under the skin in the upper chest area and under local anesthetic. This means you will be awake when the pacemaker is implanted. You may be given some medicine intravenously to help you relax, but you will be aware of what is going on around you.
Perfusion study involves the use of small amounts of radioactive materials. The level of radioactivity used is extremely low and has essentially no side effects. You will be positioned next to a special detector called a gamma camera. The camera does not produce radiation. This camera will revolve around your chest and obtain images of your heart.
24-hour holter monitor
This study records you heart activity for 24 hour periods. You will be required to wear a digital recorder with wires and electrodes attached to your chest. The monitor records your heart activity for any irregularities.
This study involves exercising on a treadmill until your heart rate reaches a certain level. This is in order to assess the function of your heart both at rest and stress using information obtained from an EKG.
Vascular extremity evaluation
A detailed physical exam, along with ultrasound, and if needed, either conventional angiogram or CT angiogram of lower extremities to evaluate peripheral arterial disease and venous disease.
Angioplasty / stenting / limb salvage
Placement of stents in the arteries of the heart for blockage and the arteries of the legs to avoid amputation.
Carotid doppler ultrasound / angioplasty / stent
Ultrasound evaluation of the arteries of the neck to detect blockages that can lead to stroke.
Varicose vein disease
A venous Doppler ultrasound is the first part of the evaluation to map out the veins. This technique evaluates the blood flow through the blood vessels. Endovenous laser ablation and sclerotherapy are the treatments performed once a patient is diagnosed. The endovenous ablation is done by inserting a laser fiber through a small incision into the damaged vein. This process seals the vein closed. Sclerotherapy involves an injection of a liquid sclerosant solution directly into the vein to seal the vein closed.