Vejthani Cardiac Center has cardiologists who specialize in treatments of coronary artery disease,valvular heart disease ,angina pectoris or chest pain and acute myocardial infarction or heart attack. Our physicians also treat patients requiring interventional non-invasive cardiac imaging. To evaluate the heart and vascular systems using non-invasive techniques , we have the non-invasive cardiovascular imaging laboratory .The Imaging Laboratory offers :
Echocardiogram, is a test in which ultrasound is used to examine the heart.The echocardiogram offers more sophisticated and advanced imaging. This is known as two- dimensional (2-D) Echo and is capable of displaying a cross-sectional "slice" of the beating heart, including the chambers, valves and the major blood vessels that exit from the left and right ventricle . The physicians then make recordings from different parts of the chest to obtain several views of the heart.
Exercise Stress Test, sometimes called a treadmill test or exercise test, helps a physician find out how well your heart handles work. As your body works harder, it requires more oxygen, and your heart pumps more blood. The test can show if the blood supply is reduced in the arteries that supply oxygen to the heart. It also helps physicians to define what kind and level of exercise is appropriate for a patient. A physician may recommend an exercise stress test for various reasons,such as:
To diagnose a possible heart-related cause of symp toms such as chest pain, shortness of breath or lightheadedness, arrhythmia, syncope
To determine a safe level of exercise
To check the effectiveness of procedures done to improve coronary artery circulation in patients with coronary artery disease
To predict risk of dangerous heart-related conditions such as a heart attack.
Holter Monitoring, this diagnostic test collects data on cardiac function during a "normal day", also called
Holter EKG The Holter EKG is an electrocardiogram taken over a 24-hour period while the patient does normal day activities. The Holter EKG differs from a normal EKG because it shows how the heart reacts to the stressful situations of normal daily life over an extended period of time, whereas a normal EKG records the heart's activity over a very brief period.
The Holter EKG is particularly useful for assessing ambulatory patients who report fainting episodes, palpitations, dizziness, intermittent chest pain, or other symptoms suspected of having a cardiac origin that may occur during emotional stress or routine physical activities.