NON-INVASIVE CARDIOVASCULAR TESTING
External Procedures to Diagnose and Treat Cardiovascular Conditions
Saint Francis offers the latest in non-invasive cardiology to diagnose
and determine the extent of cardiovascular conditions. We perform non-invasive
procedures such as:
An echocardiogram is a test that uses ultrasound waves to examine the
heart. The 2D imaging is the mainstay of echo imaging and allows areas
in the heart to be viewed moving in real time, in a cross-section of the
heart, in two dimensions.
Transesophageal echo (TEE)
TEE is an echocardiogram that provides three dimensional moving images
of the heart in real time. This test is done from inside the esophagus,
located just behind the heart. It is used to diagnose heart abnormalities
such as valve disease and an arrhythmia.
Cardiac Nuclear Stress Testing
A stress test measures blood flow to the heart at rest and during stress
on the heart during exercise. A nuclear stress test is used to diagnose
heart problems or to determine treatment if a heart condition has already
been diagnosed. Both tests are conducted with heart stimulation, either
by exercise on a treadmill or clinically. Electrodes are attached to the
chest, legs and arms and are then are connected by wires to an electrocardiogram
(ECG or EKG) machine. The electrocardiogram records the electrical signals
from the heartbeats. During a nuclear stress test, a dye is injected into
the bloodstream and travels to your heart. A special scanner is then used
to create images of the heart muscle to detect areas of inadequate blood flow.
Non-Invasive Vascular Ultrasound
Ultrasound can be used to evaluate the vascular system of the body. The
arterial system is imaged to locate and identify blockages within the
vessels of the neck, arms and legs. Ultrasound is also used to detect
abnormalities within vessels such as blood clots and help plan for their
effective treatment. Vascular ultrasound is routinely used in the evaluation
of the abdominal aorta to look for the presence of an aneurysm (abnormal
ballooning of the artery).