diagnostics and tests

Coulis Cardiology’s Diagnostics and Tests

At Coulis Cardiology, we offer the following clinical tests and procedures:

Adenosine Nuclear Stress Test

Cardiac Catheterization

Cardioversion

Dobutamine Nuclear Stress Test

Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram

Nuclear Treadmill or Exercise Stress Test

 

Resting Echocardiogram

Tilt-table Test

Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)

Treadmill or Exercise Stress Test

Treadmill Stress Echocardiogram

Adenosine Nuclear Stress Test

A stress test that allows clinicians to look at blood flow to the heart without exercise through the use of a drug or pharmacologic stress agent called adenosine. This drug is given via an IV line, and it simulates the effects of exercise. Download the Adenosine Nuclear Stress Test PDF for more information.

Cardiac Catheterization

A procedure in which a small catheter is placed into an artery in the patient’s leg or arm. This catheter is then threaded back through the arterial system all the way to the arteries in the heart. During angiography, the physician will inject dye through the catheter and use X-rays to produce an image of the heart's blood vessels for assessment of blockage. Download the Cardiac Catheterization PDF for more information.

Cardioversion

A procedure that restores a normal pattern or rhythm to a heart that is beating irregularly. The doctor may suggest cardioversion after trying to correct an abnormal heart rate or rhythm with medication. During a cardioversion, a controlled electric current is passed through the chest. The brief "shock" stops the irregular heart rhythm and allows the normal rhythm to take over. Download the Cardioversion PDF for more information.

Dobutamine Nuclear Stress Test

A stress test given to patients who are unable to walk on a treadmill. This test involves taking pictures or images of your heart after injection of a radioactive substance, known as a tracer. Areas of the heart receiving adequate blood flow will pick up the tracer more completely. This test can determine the cause of chest pain, which can occur with blockages in blood flow to the heart. Download the Dobutamine Nuclear Stress Test PDF for more information.

Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram

A stress test given to patients who are unable to walk on a treadmill, during which a medication (dobutamine) is administered to increase a patient's heart rate, simulating exercise. During the test, a microphone-like device attached to the patient's chest sends out ultrasound waves that bounce off the heart to produce images of the heart. The test helps diagnose certain heart conditions, such as valve problems and coronary artery disease. Download the Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram PDF for more information.

Nuclear Treadmill or Exercise Stress Test

A stress test administered to a patient exercising on a treadmill while being closely monitored. This test involves taking pictures or images of the patient's heart after the injection of a radioactive substance, known as a tracer. When combined with exercise, the pictures can detect areas of the heart that are not receiving enough blood flow and allows the doctor to be able to better detect heart problems that may not be present at rest. Download the Nuclear Treadmill/Exercise Stress Test PDF for more information.

Resting Echocardiogram

An ultrasound of the heart. The technician will take a small probe and place it on your chest to
take images of your heart. This microphone-like device, called a transducer, sends out ultrasound waves that bounce off the heart to provide a complete assessment of heart valve function. Download the Resting Echocardiogram PDF for more information.

Tilt-table Test

A procedure that helps to determine the cause of a patient's lightheadedness, dizzy spells or fainting episodes by placing the patient on a table and slowly moving the table upright. Patients are monitored for changes in blood pressure and heart rate. Download the Tilt-table Test PDF for more information.

Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)

Echocardiography is the use of ultrasound waves to produce an image of the heart's structure and function. With a transesophageal echocardiogram, a long, slender, flexible tube is inserted into the mouth, through the esophagus and into the stomach. Transesophageal echocardiograms produces highly detailed images of the heart's structure and function. Download the Transesophageal Echocardiogram PDF for more information.

Treadmill or Exercise Stress Test

A stress test administered to a patient while exercising on a treadmill and being closely monitored, without the use of other devices or medications. This test allows the doctor to see how well a patient's heart functions with activity and be able to better detect heart problems that may not be present at rest. Download the Treadmill Stress Test PDF for more information.

Treadmill Stress Echocardiogram

A stress test administered while a patient exercises on a treadmill while closely monitored. During the test, a microphone-like device attached to the patient's chest sends out ultrasound waves that bounce off the heart to produce images of the heart. The test is used to determine how well the patient's heart tolerates activity, evaluate the function of the heart and valves, and determine the patient's likelihood of having coronary artery disease. Download the Treadmill Stress Echocardiogram PDF for more information.

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