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ACR accredited in cardiac nuclear testing and ultrasound. ICAEL accredited in echocardiography.
Pratt Healthcare is well equipped to perform a multitude of cardiac services. In our Cardiac Diagnostic Center, Oracle Cardiologists are available for consultation as well as many office-based procedures such as the following:
- What is a nuclear stress test?
A nuclear stress test uses a radioactive tracer and an imaging machine to create pictures showing the blood flow to your heart. The test measures blood flow while you are at rest and are exerting yourself, showing areas with poor blood flow or damage in your heart, so two sets of images of your heart are taken.
- Why is a nuclear stress test performed?
A nuclear stress test can help better determine your risk of a heart attack or other cardiac event if your doctor knows or suspects that you have coronary artery disease.
- What is an exercise stress test?
An exercise stress test shows how your heart works electrically during physical activity. While exercising your heart works hard and fast to pump blood that carries oxygen and nutrients to your body, so the effectiveness is evaluated under stress.
- Why is an exercise stress test performed?
It can reveal problems with blood flow within the arteries to your heart, help diagnose coronary artery disease, heart rhythm problems, electrical activity, or help guide treatment plans concerning heart disorders.
- What is a stress echo?
This test combines an ultrasound of your heart and a stress test.
- Why is a stress echo performed?
The purpose of the test is to compare the images of the heart muscle before and after it is stressed. In a healthy heart, all areas of the heart pump harder during exercise. Abnormal movement of the heart may mean that there is a blockage in the coronary artery that supplies blood to that area. Abnormal heart wall motion may be seen at rest if there was a previous heart attack. If an artery is only partially blocked, and there has not been any heart damage, the motion of the heart is usually normal at rest, but may be temporarily abnormal during or immediately after exercise.
- What is an echocardiogram?
An echocardiogram is an ultrasound outlining your hearts movement and pumping action with use of a hand-held device that takes pictures of your heart’s valves and chambers. An echo is combined with doppler ultrasound to evaluate the blood flow through the hearts valves.
- Why is an Echocardiogram performed?
An echocardiogram is used to assess the overall function of your heart. It can determine the presence or progression of heart and valve disease, which in turn can help direct and evaluate the effectiveness of your medical or surgical treatment plans.
- What is an EKG?
An electrocardiogram, also called ECG’s or EKG’s record the electrical signals in your heart at the moment the test is being performed. They are noninvasive, quick, and painless. A 12-lead EKG gathers information from 12 different areas of the heart to help pinpoint specific areas of the heart that may be having irregularities at the time of testing.
- Why is an EKG performed?
An EKG can help detect abnormalities occurring with the heart such as arrhythmias, blocked or narrowed arteries, heart attack, structural problems with the heart chambers, or previous heart attacks. Some abnormal heart rhythms come and go, so your doctor may have you undergo a different type of heart rhythm monitoring, such as with a Holter monitor, to help diagnose the cause of your symptoms.
- What is a holter monitor?
A Holter monitor is a small, wearable device that keeps track of your heart rhythm. Your doctor may want you to wear a holter monitor for one to five days. During that time, the device records all of your heartbeats. Your doctor uses information captured on the holter monitor to figure out if you have a heart rhythm problem. If standard holter monitoring doesn’t capture your irregular heartbeat, your doctor may suggest further tests.
- Why is a holter monitor ordered?
If your signs and symptoms suggest that an occasionally irregular heart rhythm may be causing your condition, your doctor may recommend that you wear a holter monitor for a day or so. Over that time, the holter monitor may be able to detect irregularities in your heart rhythm.
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