Diagnostics

Outpatient Tests

Cardiac Calcium Scoring
A calcium score is a measure of how much calcified plaque is present in the arteries of an individual. Today's research shows a direct correlation between the amount of calcium in the arteries and the likelihood of a future cardiac event such as a heart attack or stroke.


Echocardiogram
A special imaging machine with a microphone-like attachment creates a videotaped image of heart structures that shows the heart's four chambers, valves and movements.

 
Electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG)
A special recording machine is attached to legs, arms and chest via 10 electrodes and takes a snapshot of the electric signals creating heart rhythms.

Event Recorder
Patients carry a pager-sized event recording box so they can make a one- to two-minute recording of their heart rhythm when they actually experience symptoms. This is useful for patients with relatively infrequent and brief symptoms.

Holter Monitor
To detect irregular heart rythms, patients wear a Walkman-size recording box attached to their chest by five adhesive electrode patches for 24 to 48 hours.


Stress Myoview (Nuclear Stress Test)
A stress myoview shows how well blood flows through your heart and arteries while you are resting and during physical exertion. A small amount of a radioactive substance called thallium is injected in your body to show how well your heart is pumping the blood, to see any heart damage your heart may have, or if you have any blocked arteries. (Cardiovascular Specialists is the only laboratory in this part of Louisiana that is ICANL-accredited for
Myocardial Perfusion Imaging.) 

 

Carotid Ultrasound
This is a painless and harmless test that uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the insides of the two large carotid arteries in your neck. Carotid ultrasound shows whether plaque has narrowed your carotid arteries, blocking the blood flow and creating a risk of stroke.

 

Peripheral Vascular Studies
Blood pressure can be measured at various points in the legs to determine the level and extent of peripheral arterial disease. These segmental limb pressures can be measured using an inflatable blood-pressure cuf or by performing ultrasonography on different segments of the leg.

 

 

 

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