Non-Invasive Procedures

A test to measure of the reduction in arterial blood pressure of the legs and is used to detect evidence of blockages in peripheral vascular disease.

Also known as a carotid Doppler uses ultrasound to evaluate blood flow in your carotid arteries. This helps us evaluate the presence of plaque build up in your arteries.

EECP Therapy is an outpatient treatment option for patients with chronic, stable angina. Angina, or chest pain, is caused when the heart does not receive enough blood flow. The goal of EECP treatment is to help the heart get adequate blood flow, and in doing so, reduce angina symptoms. This test stimulates the flow of blood through vessels through pumps attached to the lower extremities.

Echocardiogram - or "echo" is a non-invasive method of evaluating the heart using high frequency ultrasound technology. The cardiologist will see a moving image of your heart and be able to assess and analyze the structure and function of all four chambers and all four valves of your heart. This is done in our Trinity and Countryside offices.

An event monitor is most often used when a doctor suspects an abnormal heart rhythm that occurs less than every 24 to 48 hours. An event monitor is a portable electrocardiogram that monitors the electrical activity of a person's heart when they activate it. It is typically worn for two to four weeks, 24-hours a day. The monitor is worn while performing normal daily activities. The event monitor prints out a graphic chart of changes in the electrical signals generated by the heart.

Also known as a treadmill test - shows how your heart performs during exercise or other activities that would make the heart work harder. This test can show if there is reduced blood flow in the arteries that supply the heart. No nuclear injection is used.

A portable electrocardiogram that monitors the electrical activity of a person's heart, 24-hours a day, usually for one or two days. A Holter monitor is most often used when a doctor suspects an abnormal heart rhythm.

Shows how your heart performs during exercise or other activities that would make the heart work harder. This test can show if there is reduced blood flow in the arteries that supply the heart. For patients who cannot exercise on a treadmill, there are medications that your doctor can give you intravenously (through an IV) to "simulate exercise". These medications may increase the heart rate or dilate the heart arteries to make it easier for blood to flow in normal arteries, abnormal arteries will not receive as much blood flow and this can be detected with the nuclear camera.

Stress Echocardiogram - "stress echo" is a tool used to evaluate heart function by combining an exercise (stress) test or pharmacologic ("chemical") stress test with a transthoracic (through the chest) echocardiogram. A stress echocardiogram uses ultrasound waves to produce images of the heart both before and immediately following exercise. Images of the heart at rest are compared with images of the heart during and/or after stress to evaluate how the heart responds to stress.

Tissue Doppler imaging or TDI is a relatively new echocardiographic technique that uses Doppler principles to measure the velocity of myocardial motion. DTI relies on detection of the shift in frequency of ultrasound signals reflected from moving objects. With this principle, conventional Doppler techniques assess the velocity of blood flow by measuring high-frequency, low-amplitude signals from small, fast-moving blood cells. In TDI, the same Doppler principles are used to quantify the higher-amplitude, lower-velocity signals of myocardial tissue motion.

In this procedure, an ultrasound transducer is mounted on a long tube (probe) that is placed in the esophagus or food tube. Images are obtained by moving the probe within the esophagus and into the stomach. These images allow your doctor to evaluate your heart's muscle function, the severity of certain valve problems and to detect potential infection of the heart valves. Congenital heart problems, disease of the aorta and the presence of blood clots in your heart can also be detected. This test is done in a hospital and you are sedated.