Cardiology Diagnostic Testing
DMA cardiologists located at Horizon Medical Center offer cardiac diagnostic testing on-site to provide an increased level of service to their patients
The Cardiology Department at DMA has a full complement of, state-of the art non-invasive cardiac diagnostic capabilities; cardiovascular stress testing, nuclear cardiovascular stress testing, pacemaker analysis, and echocardiography. Non-invasive cardiac testing is the first choice for most patients, whether to diagnose new onset of cardiovascular disease or to ascertain the status of a patient with known problems. In many instances, a patient may have a test performed and obtain results from a cardiologist before leaving the department.
The computerized stress test systems allow the patient to safely exercise with the aid of a treadmill in a controlled environment so as to simulate conditions which might bring on chest pain or cardiac arrhythmias. Stress testing helps the cardiologist to evaluate a patient’s level of fitness, need for medication, or need for invasive cardiac testing such as catheterization.
A nuclear stress test, what we call myocardial perfusion imaging, is a test that looks at the blood flow to the heart muscle. It is performed while the patient is resting and also with some form of stress, either exercise or sometimes we give a medicine to simulate the effects of exercise. The Nuclear Stress test is a very good way of identifying people with coronary disease. It not only aids in diagnosing individuals who may have coronary disease, but also provides a diagnostic tool in patients who have known coronary disease regarding how severe it is and what the prognosis is as well. Our nuclear lab is accredited by ICANL (Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Laboratories). ICANL accreditation insures the highest level of standards; safety and methods are used with our patients.
Echocardiography allows high-resolution imaging of heart structures by the use of ultrasound. The echocardiographs provide detailed views of the heart chambers, walls, valves, heart function, and color-encoded imaging of blood flow through the heart. The high quality of this equipment increases the diagnostic capabilities of the tests and provides the cardiologist with an excellent tool upon which to help base clinical decisions. In many cases, the need for invasive testing of the heart is eliminated due to the wealth of information obtained by echocardiography.