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Cardiovascular Testing

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Cardiovascular Testing | Detroit Cardiologists

The experienced and knowledgeable team of cardiologists, heart surgeons, nurses and support staff at the Heart & Vascular Institute remain dedicated to providing patients with the best possible care. In order to properly diagnose and treat your condition, our heart doctors rely on state-of-the-art technology and advanced testing procedures to pinpoint and confirm specific characteristics of each patient’s unique situation.

This precise and detailed approach ensures that our cardiovascular specialists have the information they need to make informed, data-rich decisions regarding your health and treatment.

The information below explains the different types of tests we perform to ascertain detailed information regarding your specific situation so that we can more accurately diagnose and treat your condition.

We currently can perform any of the tests listed below:

Aortic Tests

Echocardiogram Tests

Venous & Vein Tests

Vascular & Arterial Disease Tests

Stress Tests

Aorta Scan

An aorta scan is a fast, accurate and non-invasive way to measure the diameter of the abdominal aorta, giving our Detroit cardiologists a good indication of whether a patient has abdominal aortic aneurysm, a condition where a part of the aorta begins to swell and may be at risk for bursting.

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Aorta Ultrasound

The aorta ultrasound test helps our cardiologists visualize blood flow through the aorta, the large blood vessel located at the top of the heart that delivers blood to the rest of the body. This test is used in patients at risk of having an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

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Echo Ultrasound

An echocardiogram test allows physicians to see movement of the heart muscle inside the body using ultrasound technology — similar to that used to view a developing fetus in the womb. There are a number of different types of echocardiogram — some offer a one-dimensional (flat) view of the heart and others provide a 2D or 3D image.

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Multiple Gated Acquisition Scan (MUGA)

The multiple gated acquisition scan, or MUGA, is a scan designed to determine how well the heart is functioning by producing a moving image of its pumping action. The test is completely non-invasive and is performed by injecting red blood cells with a safe radioactive substance used as a tracer into the patient’s bloodstream.

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Bio-Z is a breakthrough medical test that allows cardiologists to assess the strength of the heart’s pumping action and the amount of fluid in the chest in a completely non-invasive way. Sensors are placed on the patient’s neck and chest, and the patient must lie still for several minutes while the sensors collect data.

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Microvolt T-Wave Alternans (MTWA)

MTWA is a test administered to patients at risk of a heart attack (or who have already had a heart attack) to monitor whether they are at risk of developing a cardiac arrhythmia or other life-threatening problem. After being outfitted with several electrodes on the torso, the patient will be required to walk on a treadmill for a brief period of time to elevate the heart rate.

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Plethysmography is a lung test that is performed to see how much air your lungs can hold. It's also known as a pulmonary function test. Plethysmography gives our Detroit cardiologists two measurements that can help he understand how well your lungs are functioning.

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Venous Plethysmography

Venous plethysmography is a non-invasive method used to study vascular physiology and pharmacology. The technique is typically combined with intra-arterial drug administration, usually into the forearm vascular bed to assess changes in forearm blood flow.

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Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI)

Our heart surgeons rely on the ankle-brachial index test for patients who are suspected to have or already have peripheral arterial disease in their legs — a condition characterized by a blockage and hardening of the arteries. This specialized test allows our Detroit cardiologists to get a better idea of the severity and progression of the disease.

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Arterial testing is a painless and completely non-invasive way to assess blood flow in the limbs. Results analysis can reveal whether a person has uneven blood flow throughout the arms and legs, which can indicate that they have cholesterol buildup in a particular area of the body. Patients may continue with their normal activities both before and after the procedure, but their cardiologist may ask what medications they are currently taking.

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Peripheral Angiogram

Also called a peripheral arteriogram, a peripheral angiogram test helps our Detroit cardiologists see blockages in the arteries in the legs by using x-rays. Arterial blockages in the lower half of the body are often related to peripheral artery disease (or PAD), a condition that causes pain or tiredness in the legs.

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Cardiac Persantine nuclear stress testing helps our Detroit cardiologists to assess the width of a patient’s arteries. Persantine is a medication that causes the arteries to temporarily become wider, and healthy arteries will respond to it better than arteries blocked with plaque buildup.

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Lexiscan — also called regadenoson — is a fast-acting stress agent that increases blood flow in the arteries to help our Detroit heart doctors administer certain tests for coronary artery disease. Lexiscan is often used in place of exercise when a patient is unable to walk on a treadmill.

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Dobutamine Echo

The dobutamine stress echo test allows the cardiologists at the Heart & Vascular Institute to examine the functioning of the heart and valves for patients unable to run on a treadmill or pedal a stationary bicycle. The test can be used to tell whether a patient’s heart responds normally to activity and stress as well as determine their risk of having coronary artery disease.

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Exercise Nuclear

The nuclear exercise stress test helps our Michigan cardiologists assess blood flow to the heart. By injecting a small amount of a safe radioactive substance and tracing its path through the bloodstream, doctors can compare a patient’s blood flow at rest with the blood flow during activity.

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Non-Exercise Nuclear Stress Test

While a traditional nuclear stress test uses exercise to determine whether patients experience normal blood flow when their heart muscle is stressed, this test utilizes a safe drug to raise the heart rate. It’s suitable for patients who are unable to exercise.

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Exercise Stress Echo

This test can help a cardiologist determine how well the heart handles physical activity to assess a patient’s risk of heart disease. The exercise stress echocardiogram test is performed on a treadmill or exercise bike. The patient will be encouraged to exercise sufficiently in order to increase their heart rate, breathing rate and blood pressure — usually for no more than 7-12 minutes.

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For additional information on any of our cardiovascular testing procedures, please contact our office or call us toll-free at (855) 543-2783 (855-5-HEARTDOCS).

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