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- Nuclear Stress Testing
- Vascular Studies
- Blood Pressure Management
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Nuclear stress test
A nuclear stress test lets doctors see pictures of your heart while you are resting and after you have exercised. The test can show the size of the heart’s chambers, how well the heart is pumping blood, and whether the heart has any damaged or dead muscle. Nuclear stress tests can also give doctors information about your arteries and whether they might be narrowed or blocked because of coronary artery disease.
Exercise Treadmill Test
A stress test, sometimes called a treadmill test or exercise test, helps a doctor find out how well your heart handles work. As your body works harder during the test, it requires more oxygen, so the heart must pump more blood. The test can show if the blood supply is reduced in the arteries that supply the heart. It also helps doctors know the kind and level of exercise appropriate for a patient.
Vascular studies are tests that check the blood flow in your arteries and vein. Vascular studies use high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to measure the amount of blood flow in your blood vessels. A small handheld probe (transducer) is pressed against your skin. The sound waves move through your skin and other body tissues to the blood vessels. The sound waves echo off of the blood cells. These echoes are then sent to a computer and seen on a screen as images or video.
Echocardiography (often called “echo” for short) is an ultrasound that takes moving pictures of the heart using sound waves. Echocardiography is used to look for many things: the size and shape of your heart, how well your heart chambers and valves are working, injured areas of heart muscle, blood clots in the heart and fluid buildup around it, or problems with the aorta.
A Holter monitor is a battery-operated portable device that measures and records your heart’s activity (ECG) continuously for 24 to 48 hours or longer depending on the type of monitoring used. The device is the size of a small camera. It has wires with silver dollar-sized electrodes that attach to your skin. The Holter monitor and other devices that record your ECG as you go about your daily activities are called ambulatory electrocardiograms.
Pacemaker Follow up
A pacemaker is a small device that helps your heart beat more regularly. It does this with a small electric stimulation that helps control your heartbeat. Your doctor will check your pacemaker every three to six months.
Defibrillator Follow up
Defibrillators regulate the heart beat by treating fast heart rhythms and can deliver a shock in the event of a life threatening arrhythmia. Diagnostic testing which can help doctors find many heart rhythm disorders, called arrhythmias.
Anticoagulants are medicines that prevent the blood from clotting as quickly or as effectively as normal. Some people call anticoagulants blood thinners. However, the blood is not actually made any thinner – it just does not clot so easily whilst you take an anticoagulant.