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Cardiac Diagnosis Centre

Treatments & Procedures

The treatments and procedures at the Cardiac Diagnosis Center include:

BLOOD TESTS:

You may need to have your blood drawn and tested for substances that could indicate you have heart disease. Your doctor may check the levels of your Cholesterol and Triglycerides, blood cell counts, or other blood tests that might show damage to your heart.


CHEST X-RAY :

An image is created by directing X-rays at your chest and positioning a large piece of photographic film or a digital recording plate against your back. The X-ray machine produces a small burst of radiation that passes through your body and produces an image on the film or digital plate. A chest X-ray shows an image of your heart, lungs, and blood vessels. It can reveal if your heart is enlarged, a sign of some forms of Heart Disease.


ELECTROCARDIOGRAM (ECG):

In this noninvasive test, a technician will place probes on your chest that record the electrical impulses that make your heart beat.


HOLTER MONITORING :

A Holter monitor is a portable device that you wear to record a continuous ECG, usually for 24 to 72 hours. Holter monitoring is used to detect heart rhythm irregularities that aren't found during a regular ECG exam.


ECHOCARDIOGRAM :

This noninvasive exam, which includes an ultrasound of your chest, shows detailed images of your heart's structure and function.


CARDIAC CATHETERIZATION :

In this test, a short tube (sheath) is inserted into a vein or artery in your leg (groin) or arm. A hollow, flexible, and longer tube (guide catheter) is then inserted into the sheath. Aided by X-ray images on a monitor, your doctor threads the guide catheter through that artery until it reaches your heart. The pressures in your heart chambers can be measured, and dye can be injected. The dye can be seen on an X-ray, which helps your doctor see the blood flow through your heart, blood vessels, and valves to check for abnormalities.


HEART BIOPSY :

Sometimes a Heart Biopsy will be done as part of cardiac catheterization, especially if your doctor suspects you have heart inflammation and hasn't been able to confirm that with other tests. In a heart biopsy, a tiny sample of your heart tissue is removed through the catheter and is sent to a lab for testing.


CARDIAC COMPUTERIZED TOMOGRAPHY (CT) SCAN :

This test is often used to check for heart failure or heart arrhythmias


CARDIAC MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI):

In a cardiac MRI, you lie on a table inside a long tube-like machine that produces a magnetic field. The magnetic field aligns atomic particles in some of your cells. When radio waves are broadcast toward these aligned particles, they produce signals that vary according to the type of tissue they are. Images of your heart are created from these signals, which your doctor will look at to help determine the cause of your heart condition.


CORONARY CT ANGIOGRAPHY (CCTA):

A non-invasive way to view the heart vessels that uses advanced CT equipment.


CALCIUM SCORING :

Our 64-slice CT scanner non-invasively provides clear images of calcium build-up in your heart vessels to better determine your risk of heart disease.


Other Cardiac Diagnostic Tests include:

  • Cardiac MRI
  • Cardiac PET/CT
  • Cardiac CT
  • Coronary angiogram/heart catheterization
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Electrophysiology studies with induction of arrhythmias
  • Duplex Ultrasound
  • Echocardiogram
  • Intracoronary pressure and Doppler wire evaluation
  • Stress Nuclear Perfusion Cardiac Imaging
  • SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging
  • PET myocardial perfusion imaging
  • PET quantification determinations (coronary flow reserve and left ventricular systolic function [LVEF] reserve)
  • PET cardiac viability imaging
  • PET cardiac inflammation imaging for sarcoidosis
  • Rest radionuclide ventriculography (MUGA)
  • Stress radionuclide ventriculography (MUGA)
  • Transesophegeal echocardiogram (TEE)
  • First-pass radionuclide ventriculography (MUGA)

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