When you think of the medical services provided by your cardiologist or other doctors, it’s easy to only think of significant interventions like surgeries or implanted devices. But some of the most essential services we provide are our suite of diagnostic services. These tools enable us to provide the most accurate and efficient cardiac care to our patients based on real-life data that we collect. Without our high-quality, dependable testing services, cardiologists would be flying blind. Below are six essential tools that our cardiologists use to determine the best course of care for their patients.

Cardiac P.E.T. Scan

This test is your cardiologist’s most effective tool for gaining a clear visual of the veins and arteries in your body. After introducing a radioactive tracer to your bloodstream, a technician will apply electrodes to your skin and perform an electrocardiogram or EKG. This safe, efficient test requires no downtime and gives your cardiologist clear and accurate results.

Nuclear Stress Test

Not everyone can participate in an exercise stress test for various reasons, and in those cases, the nuclear stress test is an incredibly useful tool. The purpose of any stress test is to enable your cardiologist to see how your heart functions during elevated levels of activity. In a nuclear stress test, radioactive material is injected into the bloodstream to raise your heart rate artificially. The technician then uses an EKG to monitor your heart and sends the results to your cardiologist. This diagnostic service gives cardiologists a peek into your heart’s functioning that they can’t see when you’re sitting calmly in their office.

Echocardiogram

Most people think of fuzzy black and white baby pictures when they hear the word ultrasound. But many cardiac diagnostic services use ultrasound technology to create images of a patient’s heart. The echocardiogram is one of them. In this test, a technician will gather live footage of your heart pumping so your doctor can see exactly how healthy the structure of your heart is.

Carotid Ultrasound

The carotid artery is one of the most important vessels in the body as it is responsible for pumping oxygenated blood to your brain. Like any other artery in your body, the carotid can become blocked with plaque making it difficult for blood to travel freely. During a carotid ultrasound, a transducer is used to take ultrasound images of your artery, looking for potential blockages.

Vascular Ultrasound

Similar to the two tests above, the vascular ultrasound uses sound to create images of your vascular systems. Our bodies contain thousands of miles of blood vessels, and the vascular ultrasound is an easy and efficient way to see how those dozens of veins and arteries are functioning. This test is generally targeted to areas of most significant concern depending upon your symptoms.

Electrocardiogram

While ultrasound tests are used to take images of the physical structures within the body, the electrocardiogram tracks the electrical signals that regulate the heartbeat. Damage to the heart muscles or surrounding structures, like the damage resulting from a heart attack, can impact its electrical signals. An electrocardiogram is one of our essential services which enables cardiologists to develop a clear idea of how the heart’s electric system is functioning.

Our testing services are essential, non-invasive tools enabling our medical team to properly diagnose complex cardiac conditions. We understand that cardiac testing feels scary to many people, but rest assured that these diagnostic services are simply tools that help your doctor provide the best, most personalized care possible. For more information about our diagnostic services, contact us today.