Cardiology

Carotid Doppler Ultrasound

A carotid Doppler ultrasound is a diagnostic procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to generate images of the blood flow within the carotid arteries in the neck. The carotid arteries supply oxygen-rich blood to the brain. This test allows the doctor to detect any narrowing of the arteries and also determine how quickly blood flows through them to determine a patient's risk of stroke or other heart conditions.

During the ultrasound procedure, the patient will lie on their back and the doctor or technician will apply gel to the area on the neck where each artery is located. A transducer will then be moved over the area to give off sound waves and produce an image of each artery, which is displayed on a computer screen during the test.

Echocardiograms

Echocardiography, also known as an ultrasound of the heart, is a diagnostic test used to examine the heart by creating images out of sound waves. This helps determine the size and shape of the heart, as well as how well the different components are functioning. The results of the test are often used to diagnose high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, congenital heart defects, aneurysms, or other heart conditions.

There are several different types of echocardiography, used to diagnose different conditions. All procedures are minimally invasive and may be performed during a cardiac stress test or as a routine pregnancy exam.

  • Transthoracic echocardiogram- This is the most common type of echocardiogram test. In this procedure, a transducer is placed on the chest and emits high frequency sound waves to produce an ultrasound image.
  • Transesophageal echogardiogram- For this procedure, the transducer is inserted down the throat into the esophagus.
  • Stress echocardiogram- During this test, the patient must use exercise equipment, such as a treadmill. This allows the physician to assess the heart when the heart is stressed.
  • Dobutamine stress echocardiogram- This is another type of stress test. Instead of having the patient exercise, a drug, which stimulates the heart, is administered to the patient.
  • Intravascular ultrasound- This procedure is performed during cardiac catheterization: the transducer is threaded through the blood vessels of the heart.

Nuclear Stress Test

Nuclear stress test, also known as myocardial perfusion imaging, is a diagnostic test performed to determine if the heart is receiving adequate blood supply under both stress and rest conditions. The test is done with the injection of a small amount of radioactive material into the bloodstream, which will circulate throughout the body and help to evaluate the blood flow and function of the heart. This procedure is performed to determine the risk of a heart attack and to show if there is a limited blow flow to the heart and determine the best treatment plan for serious heart conditions.

During the stress test, a radioactive dye (either thallium or sestamibi) is injected into the bloodstream once during the exercise portion of the test and again when the patient is at rest. Images of the heart will be taken shortly after each injection to show any areas of the heart that are not receiving enough blood. Both sets of images will be reviewed by your doctor before providing you with the results.

Weight Management

People who are overweight or obese face an increased risk of weight-related health problems. Diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease are just a few of the conditions that have been linked to excessive weight. The management of one's weight is becoming more and more medically relevantto help people improve their level of fitness and prevent these health issues from occurring or worsening.

We provide an in-depth, personalized client evaluation to every patient. We will obtain the most comprehensive body composition information available. In addition to your weight, this machine will calculate your lean body mass, body fat, body mass index (BMI), percentage of body fat and more. Our physicians will then use this analysis to customize a weight loss and fitness plan that is exactly suited to each patient's needs.

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