Ultrasound Testing with our new GE Vivid 7 Vantange Release
CVANCA has accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories which demostrates our pursuit of excellence in the field of echocardiography.
Our Certified Sonographers can perform echocardiogram/echo-stress test with most innovative cardiac ultrasound systems available. This is an ultrasound study of the heart that looks at wall motion, left ventricular function, valves and other aspects of the heart. We also offer additional specialized ultrasound testing which includes peripheral arterial imaging, venous doppler and carotid doppler. We have two state of the art GE ultrasound machines that provide better quality, digital processing and enhanced doppler signal; all of which provide vivid images of the heart and are evaluated by Certified Technicians and Board Certified Cardiologists.
Nuclear Stress Tests
Nuclear Stress Tests
Our office has a certified nuclear technician on staff to perform this test. The technician uses a substance which produces images of the heart muscle. When combined with the exercise or chemical test, this scan helps determine if areas of the heart are not receiving enough blood supply. The nuclear stress test is used to determine blood flow to the heart in order to detect significant heart artery blockage. This test is very useful in determining if further procedures, such as heart catheterization or angioplasty need to be performed.
External Counter-Pulsation Therapy
ECP is enhanced external counter-pulsation treatment. It is a noninvasive, outpatient procedure to relieve angina by improving perfusion in areas of the heart deprived of adequate blood supply. ECP treatment can reduce or eliminate the frequency or intensity of chest pain, decrease the need for medication and greatly improve the ability to participate in activities of daily living. A set of inflatable cuffs are wrapped around the patient's calves, thighs and buttocks. The ECP system compresses a patient's lower limbs to increase blood flow toward the heart. Each wave of pressure is electronically timed to the heartbeat, so that the increased blood flow is delivered to the heart at the precise moment it is relaxing. When the heart pumps again, pressure is released instantaneously. This lowers resistance in the blood vessels of the legs so that blood may be pumped more easily from the heart, decreasing the amount of work required of the heart muscle. It is believed that the ECP system creates new pathways around blocked arteries in the heart by expanding networks of tiny blood vessels, therefore, increasing the amount of blood flowing to the heart muscles.
Hospital Tests and Procedures
Our physicians have staff privileges at Baxter Regional Medical Center, which has a complete cardiac catheterization lab where they can perform such procedures as: coronary angiogram, angioplasty, stent placement, cardiac pacemaker, transesophageal echocardiography and peripheral angiographies.
Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS)
IVUS is a procedure performed during angiograms. A small 2mm ultrasound probe is introduced inside the artery and a recording under direct visualization is performed to better measure the degree of blockage in the artery in questions. The artery could be in the heart or legs.
A holter monitor is a test that allows the doctor to see whether there are changes in the heart's rhythm or electrical appearance over a longer period of time that can be easily observed during one doctor's appointment. It is most often done to evaluate symptoms that come and go and that might be related to heart-rhythm changes. Usually the holter monitor is done over a 24 hour period in the comfort of your own home. An event monitor is a method of recording the heart rhythm during symptoms or an "event". EKG electrodes are attached to your chest and are attached by wires to a small recording device that hooks on your belt or waistband. The event monitor is worn all day and night for 30 days. It records continuously scanning your heart's electrical activity.
Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) can be performed to determine blockages in the lower extremities by measuring pressures in the upper and lower extremities. The severity of the blockage can also be determined with the measurements which can direct interventional treatment if necessary.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging/Angiography
We will be offering Magnetic Resonance Imaging/Angiography for non-invasive blood flow/vessel analysis of the peripheral vessels, carotid (neck) arteries, abdominal, renal (kidney)/aorta, intestinal arteries, and pelvic/leg arteries and veins. This allows for acute diagnostic assessment of blood flow from the heart to the body. Other important capabilities include bone, brain, and heart assessment to include heart function, viability and heart valve assessment. We have a Certified Technician aquiring and Board Certified Cardiologist reading the testing/results for the most accurate diagnosis available with technology today.
ICG - Impedance Cardiography
Impedance Cardiography (ICG) is a noninvasive test for Congestive Heart Failure and Dyspneic patients that provides vital data about the heart's ability to pump blood to the body (flow), the level of resistance, and fluid status. For a 3-5 minutes test, it assists with diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic decision making by our physicians.
Other Office Testing
To further identify and define possible cardiac problems, our office also offers: EKG's and pacemaker analysis.
Michael J. Camp, M.D. - Otis S. Warr IV, M.D.
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