Venocure Vein Clinic does more than treating varicose veins! We also offer diagnostic screening and treatments of heart problems. In this week’s blog, we will look at some of the screening tests we provide. It’s important to get diagnosed properly before you seek the prescribed treatment, some of which we also offer, so if you are looking for a vein clinic to screen and treat one of the issues discussed here, call VenoCure for an appointment.
Coronary Artery Disease
The coronary arteries are the channels through which blood is transported away from the heart. The main channel is the aorta, which, in turn, splits into several arteries that deliver blood to the whole body. When these arteries are damaged, they can cause serious conditions, such as angina or even a heart attack. Damage to these arteries can be caused by smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and a sedentary lifestyle. There is also a significant genetic role in the development of heart disease. After initial damage, fatty deposits, known as plaques, can build up on the lining of the arteries. This is atherosclerosis, and it blocks the flow of blood and can head to a heart attack or a blood clot.
For accurate diagnosis of coronary artery disease, a number of tests can be done. Among these are an EKG, an echocardiogram, and an exercise stress test.
An EKG is a test you are likely familiar with from movies and television. The patient has several electrodes attached to the skin in specific spots, and these are attached to a machine that records the electrical impulses that are passing though the specific spots. By interpreting these signals, the heartbeat can be “read.” The EKG can tell the technician and the doctor how the various parts of the heart are performing.
An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart. This allows the doctor to see the function of your heart in real time. For extremely clear images a transesophageal echocardiogram might be performed. In this procedure, a special probe is introduced into the esophagus, and so the patient is required to fast for 8 hours beforehand.
Exercise Electrocardiogram Stress Test
An electrocardiogram stress test is a looks for changes in the heart that take place during exercise. Sometimes EKG abnormalities show themselves only during exercise. The patient is hooked up to a regular EKG machine in the same manner as a regular EKG but is put through a stress test. This normally takes place on a treadmill. Changes in the heart are looked for so that they can be more precisely treated.
Cardiolite Treadmill Stress Test
This stress test differs from the basic exercise stress test in that this one includes a nuclear component. A short-lived radioactive material called Cardiolite will be injected into your veins via an IV line. The Cardiolite will allow for computer imaging of your heart. This imaging will be done about 30 to 60 minutes into your treadmill stress test. This test is used if a regular stress test was unable to pinpoint the problem with the heats.
When you have an accurate diagnosis for your heart problem, one of several treatment or procedures will be recommended. Check back to learn about the procedures that VenoCure performs. If your doctor has recommended one of these tests, call us today to schedule it. Further, if you have been told you need one of the following procedures, call, and we’ll get you set up with an appointment. We perform pacemaker implantations, mitral/aortic valvuloplasty, MUGA Scan (Multiple Gated Acquisition), Cardiac Catheterization, Angioplasty and stent procedures. Call today!