Cardiovascular

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Heart

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a test that uses a large magnet, radio signals, and a computer to make images of organs and tissue in the body. In this case, the heart is imaged. MRI may be used instead of a CT scan when organs or soft tissues are being studied.

Pacemaker Insertion

A pacemaker is a small electronic device that helps regulate slow electrical problems in the heart. The pacemaker is usually implanted in the chest, just below the collarbone. A pacemaker may be recommended to keep the heartbeat from slowing down to a dangerously low rate.

Radionuclide Angiogram, Resting and Exercise

A resting and exercise radionuclide angiogram (RNA) is a type of nuclear medicine procedure. This means that a tiny amount of a radioactive substance, called a tracer, is used to help show the tissue under study. In this case, the heart's chambers in motion are studied. This test can tell the doctor how well the heart pumps with each heartbeat and how much blood is pumped with each heartbeat (called the ejection fraction) both during exercise and at rest.

Resting Myocardial Perfusion Scan

Myocardial perfusion is an imaging test. It's also called a nuclear stress test. It is done to show how well blood flows through the heart muscle. It also shows how well the heart muscle is pumping. For example, after a heart attack, it may be done to find areas of damaged heart muscle. This test may be done during rest and while you exercise.

Resting Radionuclide Angiogram

Resting RNA is a nuclear medicine procedure in which a tiny amount of radioactive tracer is injected and recorded as it moves through the heart. This test helps doctors evaluate how well the heart pumps and how much blood is pumped with each beat.

Right Heart Catheterization

Right heart catheterization allows a surgeon to use a small, thin hollow tube called a catheter to examine your heart.

Right Heart Catheterization with Heart Tissue Biopsy

In a right-heart catheterization with heart tissue biopsy, your doctor takes tissue samples directly from your heart muscle.

Robotic Cardiac Surgery

Robotic cardiac surgery is a form of heart surgery done through very small incisions in the chest, tiny instruments, and a robotic device operated by a surgeon.

Stress Myocardial Perfusion Scan

Myocardial perfusion is an imaging test. It's also called a nuclear stress test. It is done to show how well blood flows through the heart muscle. It also shows how well the heart muscle is pumping. For example, after a heart attack, it may be done to find areas of damaged heart muscle. This test may be done during rest and while you exercise.

 

Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair

Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) is a procedure to correct an aneurysm in the upper portion of your aorta. An aneurysm is a weakened, bulging area in the artery wall. If it ruptures, it can be life threatening. In TEVAR, a graft made of metal and polyester is positioned to reinforce the aneurysm. This will help prevent it from rupturing.

Tilt Table Procedure

A tilt table procedure is a test done to evaluate symptoms of syncope (fainting). If you have syncope, the doctor will carefully evaluate your past medical history and perform a physical exam. If the results of the exam or history do not show a cause for the syncope, and you have no history of heart disease, then further test may be scheduled.

Transesophageal Echocardiogram

A transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) uses echocardiography to assess how well the heart works. During the procedure, a transducer (like a microphone) sends out ultrasonic sound waves at a frequency too high to be heard. When the transducer is placed at certain locations and angles, the ultrasonic sound waves move through the skin and other body tissues to the heart tissues, where the waves bounce or "echo" off of the heart structures.

Ultrafast CT Scan

An ultrafast CT scan is an imaging test that uses X-rays and a computer to look at your heart. The scan takes pictures very quickly. It gives your healthcare provider many details about your heart that other imaging tests cannot.

Valvuloplasty

Valvuloplasty is a procedure done to repair stenotic (stiff) heart valve. It is done using a catheter and small incisions.

Vascular Studies

Vascular studies use ultrasound (sound wave) technology to assess the flow of blood in arteries and veins in the arms, legs, and neck.

Venogram

A venogram is a test that lets your healthcare provider see the veins in your body, especially in your legs. A special dye is injected that can been seen on an X-ray. The dye lets your healthcare provider see your veins and how healthy they are.

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