Cardiovascular Evaluation

advancehelt1Heart Disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Many of these deaths could have been avoided by early detection and treatment.

Our Cardiovascular Evaluation will uncover early or existing cardiac problems and vulnerabilities. Our evaluation consists of the following:

♦Physical Examination – The Physician will take a thorough history and will perform a complete physical examination. During the physical examination, the physician looks for signs and symptoms of cardiovascular disease.

♦Laboratory Tests – Laboratory tests can help the physician identify abnormalities which can lead to the development of heart disease and stroke. Detailed lipid analyses as well as inflammatory markers and diabetic screening are performed on all patients.

♦Electrocardiogram (EKG) – An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of your heart. It is a first line tool used to determine a person’s current cardiac health. It can also detect past injuries to the heart that may have gone unnoticed.

♦Cardiac Stress Test – Stress tests, also called cardiac or exercise stress tests, are used to assess the heart for possible coronary heart disease. We perform both standard stress tests and stress echocardiograms. A stress echocardiogram is a test that allows the physician to evaluate your heart while exercising on the treadmill and involves taking pictures of your heart before and after exercise. These images are helpful in detecting a variety of heart problems, including coronary artery disease.

♦Vascular Ultrasound – A duplex ultrasound is a test to see how blood moves through your arteries and veins. There are different types of duplex ultrasound exams. Some include:

•Arterial ultrasound of the abdomen, which examines the aorta and looks for any blockages, atherosclerosis plaque or aneurysms.

•Carotid duplex ultrasound looks at the carotid arteries in the neck and detects blockages due to atherosclerosis.

•Carotid Intimal Media Thickness measures the walls of the arteries in the neck to detect thickness and arterial age. It also will detect any dangerous plaques in the wall of the arteries which can be a precursor to heart attacks.

•Duplex ultrasound of the lower legs will check for any arterial blockages which may be responsible for leg pains when walking.