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Diagnosis

Adventist Heart & Vascular Institute offers many non-invasive (not requiring the skin to be broken or the body to be entered) tests and procedures available to assess and treat heart conditions including:

Cardiac Rhythm Monitoring Tests

  • Holter Monitor: A device that monitors the heart over a period of 24 or more hours. Lead wires are connected to a portable ECG recorder. A Holter monitor records your heart's electrical activity the entire time you're wearing it.
  • Event Monitors: Similar to a Holter monitor, an event monitor also records your heart's electrical activity, but only at certain times while you're wearing the device.
  • Mobile Cardiac Telemetry: also monitors your heart's electrical activity and reports data wirelessly.
  • Device Checks: We offer in-house comprehensive care for patients with cardiac implants such as pacemakers, implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD) and biventricular devices.

Echocardiograms

Our state of the art testing center offers a full range of diagnostic echocardiograms, including:

  • Echo 2D Doppler: A 2-D (or two-dimensional) echocardiogram displays a cross-sectional "slice" of the beating heart, including the chambers, valves and the major blood vessels. A Doppler echocardiogram measures the speed and direction of the blood flow within the heart and screens the four valves for leaks and other abnormalities.
  • Stress Echo: This treadmill stress test evaluates your heart’s response to physical activity through the monitoring of your heart rate, blood pressure, and electrocardiograms while you exercise on a treadmill.
  • Transesophageal (TEE) Echocardiogram: During this procedure, the ultrasound device is positioned on the end of an endoscope and guided down the patient’s esophagus to the heart. The procedure offers a more comprehensive view of the heart, because it is not blocked by the chest wall.
  • Exercise ECG (Stress Test): Used to detect abnormalities in the heart during exercise, patients undergoing a stress test will have their heart monitored while they run on a treadmill.
  • Dobutamine Stress Echocardigram: Patients who can’t perform traditional physical exercise will receive this type of test, in which a physician will inject Dobutamine to mimic the effects of physical exercise on the heart.

Nuclear Cardiac Imaging

Nuclear imaging involves producing images of organs by detecting radiation from different parts of the body after a radioactive tracer material is administered orally or via IV. The test is used as a way to view how organs function, rather than how they look. Adventist Heart & Vascular Institute offers: 

  • Cardiac Nuclear Test
  • MUGA (Multiple Gated Acquisition Scan): This test produces a moving image of the beating heart from which several important features can be determined about the health of the cardiac ventricles.

Vascular Screenings & Treatment

Ultrasound: Used to detect blockages in the veins in the legs, arms, abdomen or kidneys. There are various types of ultrasounds available through Adventist Heart & Vascular Institute including:

  • Carotid: Examines the carotid arteries in the neck
  • Abdominal: Screens for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
  • Lower Extremity (Venous and Arterial): Examines the veins and arteries of the leg
  • Ankle Brachial Index (ABI): Checks risk for peripheral artery disease
  • Upper Extremity: Examines the veins and arteries of the shoulder and arm
  • Venous Insufficiency: Screens for a condition in which the veins have problems sending blood from the legs back to the heart.

Vein Therapy: Treatment for varicose and spider veins including:

  • Radio Frequency Ablation: A procedure where varicose or spider veins are removed using the heat generated from the high frequency alternating current. This procedure is usually painless and therefore often be used without the need for general anesthetic.
  • Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT): Using a small laser varicose veins are closed and sealed, rerouting the blood to other healthy veins.
  • Microphlebectemy: Procedure to remove larger varicose veins.
  • Sclerotherapy: Medicine is injected into the blood vessels causing them to close.

CT Scans

During a CT Scan a 64-slice CT scanner projects thousands of paper-thin images that are configured into a three-dimensional image. Physicians can examine even the smallest blood vessels in the heart and vascular system for calcium and plaque build-up. Types of CT scans available through Adventist Heart & Vascular Institute include:

  • Cardiac CTA
  • Peripheral Vascular CTA
  • Calcium Score Screenings

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