Heart Associates of Long Island: Diagnostic Procedures

IN OFFICE TESTING

STRESS TESTING

Nuclear stress testing:

  • With Treadmill: Recordings of your heart are taken during treadmill exercise to assess the likelihood of significant coronary artery disease (CAD).
  • Pharmacologic: The use of drugs to increase coronary blood flow and help access the likelihood of blockages.

Regular stress testing: Heart rate, blood pressure and EKG are recorded while you exercise on a treadmill.

Stress echocardiogram: Uses ultrasound imaging to show how well your heart muscles are working under the stress of exercise to pump blood to your body. It is primarily used to detect a decrease in blood flow to the heart.

ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY

Echocardiograms

  • Transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) with color flow Doppler: Uses sound waves to image and study your heart.

Stress echocardiogram: Uses ultrasound imaging to show how well your heart muscles are working under the stress of exercise to pump blood to your body. It is primarily used to detect a decrease in blood flow to the heart.

PACEMAKER /INTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR (ICD) FOLLOW-UP

Pacer Service: Monitors wirelessly or in our office to ensure that your pacemaker and internal defibrillator are working correctly.

HOLTER MONITORING /EVENT RECORDING

Often used to diagnose arrhythmias, this is a process used to record your ECG (electrocardiogram). A small device using electrodes on your chest continuously records your heart’s rhythms for varying lengths of time (24 – 48 hours, or even up to 30 days) and you are asked to keep a diary of symptoms and activities so that your heart rates and responses can be evaluated with daily activities.

Heart Function Center: A disease management program where we evaluate, here in our office, patients who experience heart failure. Our patients find it more convenient and productive than having to go to the hospital to have this done. It decreases the risk of readmission and helps you better manage your medications to improve your quality of life.

OUT-OF-OFFICE TESTING

Catheterization-based angiography: An invasive test that uses x-rays to provide a detailed picture of your heart and blood vessels. It is considered the diagnostic standard for determining the presence, location and severity of heart disease.

Interventional cardiology: A branch of cardiology that deals specifically with the catheter based treatment of structural heart diseases.

Non-invasive angiography: Uses a special x-ray test called computed tomography (CTA) to check for the buildup of calcium in plaque on the walls of your coronary arteries. It is used to diagnose early stage heart disease and determine how severe it is.

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