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The availability of advanced diagnostic testing is the heart of ACMC's Cardiac, Vascular, and Neurology Services. The very best in state-of-the-art technology enables ACMC to provide a variety of diagnostic exams to monitor your body's health.
During an echocardiogram, harmless soundwaves are transmitted through the chest by a microphone called a transducer. The transducer then picks up the waves that bounce off the heart, converting these "echoes" into images on a computer screen. This test is used to detect and evaluate defects in the heart's chambers or valves.
Each time your heart beats, it creates an electrical impulse. An EKG records these impulses using tiny receivers taped to the chest, arms, and legs. Twelve different views of the heart are created and recorded on paper.
EXERCISE STRESS TEST
An exercise stress test evaluates the heart as it is pushed to its limits. In this test, patients are given a continuous EKG as they walk on an electronically controlled treadmill. Treadmill EKGs are a common method of detecting coronary artery disease, and help gauge a patient's overall fitness level.
PHARMACOLOGICAL STRESS TEST
If you are unable to exercise to a level adequate for an exercise stress test, persantine-thallium testing is an alternative used to detect coronary artery disease. In this procedure, medications and low-dose radioactive substances are injected into the body through an intravenous line (IV). The heart is then scanned by a special camera. The scan is repeated two and four hours later. Heart damage can be detected by comparing the pictures.
A Holter monitor is a miniature EKG monitor that can be suspended from a belt or shoulder strap. During the test, which usually lasts 24 to 48 hours, patients wear the monitor while keeping a diary of their activities and symptoms. The monitor records the heart's electrical impulses and a doctor and technologist analyze the signals to look for abnormal heart rhythms.
VASCULAR DIAGNOSTIC EXAMS
- Lower Arterial
- Lower Arterial Duplex
- Upper Arterial
- Upper Arterial Duplex
- Upper Venous Duplex
- Ultrasound Guide for Thoracentesis
- Carotid Ultrasound
The most common reason for a venous ultrasound exam is to search for blood clots in the veins. This exam involves having a small transducer (probe) and ultrasound gel placed directly on the skin. Venous ultrasound provides pictures of the veins throughout the body. A Doppler ultrasound study may be a part of a venous ultrasound exam. This is a special ultrasound technique that evaluates blood flow through a blood vessel.
Arterial ultrasound is done as an alternative to arteriography and venography. It may help diagnose arteriosclerosis of the arm or legs, blood clots (DVT), or venous insufficiency. A water-soluble gel is place on a hand held device called a transducer, which directs the high-frequency sound waves to the artery or veins being tested. Also blood pressure cuffs may be put around different parts of the body, including the thigh, calf, ankle, and different points along the arm. A paste is applied to the skin over the arteries being examined. Images are created as the transducer is moved over each area.
Carotid ultrasound shows whether a waxy substance or plaque has built up in your carotid arteries. A Carotid ultrasound is a painless test that uses high-frequency sound waves to create pictures of the inside of your carotid arteries that are located on each side of your neck. The internal arteries supply oxygen rich blood to your brain. The external carotid artery supply oxygen rich blood to your face, scalp and neck.
This neurological procedure measures brain activity by recording the brain's electrical impulses. EEGs are used to evaluate many neurological conditions, including epilepsy and other convulsive disorders, and to pinpoint the location of brain tumors.
ADDITIONAL SPECIALIZED TESTING
- Cardiac Doppler
- Complete Echocardiogram 2-D & M Mode
- Dobutamine Stress Echocardiography
- Dobutamine Stress Test
- Dual Isotope Stress Test
- Low-Level Stress Test
- Signal Averaging ECG
- TEE - Transesophageal Echocardiogram
- Stress Echocardiography
Appointments are necessary for all exams. To schedule an appointment, call ACMC Centralized Scheduling at 440-997-6590.