Our Cardiology Department offers services such as extensive range of tests including, a 24 hour Holter monitor, abdominal aortic ultrasounds, peripheral arterial ultrasounds, upper or lower-extremity venous duplex scans, renal artery duplex scans, carotid-artery duplex scans, and echocardiograms.
A Holter ECG is a continuous electrocardiogram taken while you are performing your normal daily activities. It is a painless, diagnostic procedure.
An ultrasound scan of your abdominal aorta is performed to detect aneurysms (weakening and stretching of the walls of the aorta).
The purpose of a carotid artery duplex scan is to detect the presence of atherosclerosis (narrowing caused by plaque) in your carotid arteries, which are the arteries in your neck that supply blood flow to your brain. Some indications for a carotid artery duplex scan include weakness, paralysis or dysfunction of limbs, change in speech, visual disturbances, numbness or tingling in limbs, and balance disturbances.
An echocardiogram uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to create a moving picture of your heart as it works. Depending the type of test you have, your doctor can learn about the size, shape and movement of your heart muscle. An echocardiogram also shows how the heart valves are working and how blood flows through your heart, giving your doctor valuable information about your arteries.
The purpose of a lower extremity arterial evaluation is to detect the presence, severity and location of atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries caused by plaque) in your legs. Some of the indications for a lower extremity arterial evaluation include leg pain while walking (claudication), leg pain at rest, leg numbness and tingling, or non-healing ulcers or sores of the legs or feet.
The purpose of a Renal Artery Duplex Scan is to detect the presence of stenosis in the renal arteries. Some indications for a renal artery duplex scan include uncontrolled hypertension.