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Procedures

Coronary Angiogram (Catheterization)

A coronary catheterization is a minimally invasive procedure to access the coronary circulation and blood filled chambers of the heart using a catheter. It is performed for both diagnostic and interventional purposes.

 

Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)

An electrocardiogram or EKG is an office test that measures the electrical activity of the heart and translates it into waves on paper for a doctor to analyze. It is the most common heart tracing done.  Aside from the rate and rhythm of the heartbeat, the EKG can provide indirect evidence of blood flow within arteries to heart muscle and the thickness of heart muscle.  An EKG is the most common test performed prior to many surgeries in order to find out if the surgery is safe to perform.  The test will be performed by placing electrodes on different areas of the body to trace your heart activity onto paper. An EKG generally takes less than 5 minutes.

In order to discover more about Echocardiography (EKG) and its implications please view this PDF by the American Heart Association.

 

Second Opinion Evaluations

Whether you need a second opinion or you want to have your heart evaluated, Carolina Heart and Leg Center can provide you with a thorough evaluation of your heart.

 

Stress Echocardiogram

A treadmill test is performed and abnormalities in your heart rate and/or rhythm can be detected via continuous EKG evaluation. An Echocardiogram is performed to take pictures of the heart before and after exercise on the treadmill. This test is designed to determine if there is any problem with the blood flow through the coronary arteries that supply the heart with blood. The test will take approximately 1 hour

 

Exercise Nuclear Perfusion/Pharmacologic Exercise Nuclear Perfusion Imaging

This test involves the patient exercising on a treadmill while an EKG records the heart’s response to physical activity. During a nuclear stress test, a radioactive substance is injected into the bloodstream test in order to determine which parts of the heart are healthy and receive adequate blood supply and which are not.  A special scanner is used to detect this substance and capture images of the heart muscle as the patient exercises. A nuclear stress test is more accurate than the standard stress EKG test and can provide physicians with additional information. The test will take approximately 3 to 4 hours.

For patients who are unable to exercise adequately on the treadmill, the drug adenosine may be given to stimulate the effects on the heart similar to exercise. You will be given a break before having your second scan under the nuclear camera. Please do not leave the area until you have been instructed that your test has been completed. The test will take approximately 3 to 4 hours

 

Holter & Event Monitor

Advanced monitoring of the heart. This device is used to record a patient’s heart rhythm over the course of weeks or months to determine any irregularities.

 

Exercise Treadmill

The treadmill test is an electrocardiogram (ECG) that is done while you are walking on a moving treadmill with gradually increasing speed and/or grade (incline). Abnormalities in your heart rate and/or rhythm can be detected. This test is designed to determine if there is any problem with the blood flow through the coronary arteries that supply the heart with blood. The test will take

 

Echocardiogram

It is a ultrasound of the heart, evaluates pumping function and valves in the heart, no special preparation, take’s about 30 minutes to complete.

 

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3637 Cape Center Drive
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