Cardiovascular Diagnostics and Imaging
What’s going on with your heart
Diagnostic tests are used to determine if a person has cardiovascular disease, the type of disease and the severity. Our cardiology team performs a full spectrum of diagnostic procedures for cardiovascular disease.
Laboratory blood tests can be used to diagnose and monitor heart disease.
By inserting catheters into your blood vessels, we can get a closer look at your coronary arteries and test the heart’s electrical system. These tests include angiography, coronary arteriography, carotid angiography and electrophysiology studies.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a type of scan that lets doctors see inside your body without surgery or radiation. A cardiac MRI provides highly-detailed images of your heart and blood vessels, giving your doctor critical information to diagnose your condition and plan a course of treatment. An MRI thoroughly evaluates cardiac structure and function and can diagnose some cardiac conditions that cannot be found with other imaging.
Electrocardiograph tests evaluate the electrical activity of your heart. These tests include tilt-table testing, stress tests, EKGs, event monitoring and Holter monitoring.
Nuclear imaging is a method of producing images by detecting radiation from different parts of the body after the administration of a radioactive tracer material.
Physical exams are an important first step in diagnosing cardiovascular disease.
Radiographic tests use x-rays or other imaging machines (CT, MRI) to capture pictures of your heart.
Stress tests are used to diagnose or determine someone’s risk for heart disease. Information gathered during a stress test can be used to identify or manage many heart conditions.
Types of stress tests:
- Exercise stress test – shows how your heart works during physical activity; typically involves walking on a treadmill while your heart rhythm and blood pressure are monitored
- Nuclear stress test – uses radioactive dye and an imaging machine to capture pictures of blood flow to your heart
- Stress echocardiography – adds ultrasound before and after exercise to evaluate blood flow and check for blockages in the arteries that supply the heart
Ultrasound tests use high frequency sound waves to create graphic images of your heart's structures, pumping action and blood flow.