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Services Provided by our Office
Non-Invasive  
  • Comprehensive Cardiac Exam
  • Flo Chec (Peripheral Artery Disease)
  • Echocardiogram
  • Transcranial Doppler Scan
  • Stress Test
  • Carotid Doppler
  • Upper and Lower Arterial Duplex Scan
  • Abdominal Aortic Ultrasound
  • Venous Duplex scan
  • Renal Ultrasound
  • Holter Monitors
  • Event Monitors
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    Invasive  
  • Abdominal Angiogram with Runoff
  • Angioplasty with Stent
  • Atherectomy with Stent
  • Nuclear Cardiology
  • Thallium Stress Test
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    Comprehensive Cardiac Exam:

    This is a very detailed exam that consist of three stages (observation, palpation, auscultation). The exam allows for detection of problems for both the heart and the arterial circulatory system. Since this exam may seem intrusive for some patients, especially female patients, our facility and highly trained staff take great steps to make your patients feel comfortable.

    Symptoms that would require exam:

    Minimal Symptoms of: Chest pain, Shortness of Breath, Palpations, High blood pressure, Swollen legs, leg pain, tingling toes

    Flo Chec:

    FloChec is a device that performs bilateral, multiple-level, non-invasive physiologic studies of upper and lower extremity arteries, (i.e., calculate ankle/brachial indices distal to the posterior tibial and anterior tibial/dorsal pedis arteries providing hard-copy pulse volume waveform recording based on blood volume plethysmography).

    FloChec has shown high specificity and excellent accuracy in clinical practice with thousands of tests performed each month throughout the United States.

    FloChec provides objective results even in difficult anatomies, including:

  • Obese patients
  • Non-compressive arteries
  • Post-mastectomy

    Symptoms that would require exam:

  • Claudication-fatigue, heaviness, tiredness, cramping in the leg muscles (buttocks, thigh, or calf) that occurs during activity such as walking or climbing stairs. This pain or discomfort goes away once the activity is stopped and during rest. Many people do not report this problem to their health care providers because they think it is a natural part of aging or due to some other cause.

  • Pain in the legs and/or feet that disturbs sleep.

  • Sores or wounds on toes, feet, or legs that heal slowly, poorly, or not at all.

  • Color changes in the skin of the feet, including paleness or blueness.

  • A lower temperature in one leg compared to the other leg.

  • Poor nail growth and decreased hair growth on toes and legs.

  • Echocardiogram:

    It is an imaging test that uses sound waves, or echo, to see the movement of your heart. The waves create moving photos that show information about your heart's size and shape. It also shows how well your heart is functioning.

    Symptoms that would require exam:

  • Minimal Symptoms of: Chest pain, Shortness of Breath, Palpations, High blood pressure, Swollen legs, leg pain, tingling toes


  • Transcranial Doppler Scan:

    A tests that measure the velocity of blood flow through the brain's blood vessels by means of ultrasound.

    Symptoms that would require exam:

  • Minimal Symptoms of: Chest pain, Shortness of Breath, Palpations, High blood pressure, Swollen legs, leg pain, tingling toes

  • Stress Test:

    The exercise stress test -- also called a stress test, exercise electrocardiogram, treadmill test, graded exercise test, or stress ECG -- is used to provide information about how the heart responds to exertion. It usually involves walking on a treadmill or pedaling a stationary bike at increasing levels of difficulty, while your electrocardiogram, heart rate, and blood pressure are monitored.

    Symptoms that would require exam:

  • Minimal Symptoms of: Chest pain, Shortness of Breath, Palpations, High blood pressure, Swollen legs, leg pain, tingling toes, EKG negative results

  • Carotid Doppler:

    Carotid ultrasound is a painless and harmless test that uses high-frequency sound waves to create pictures of the insides of your carotid arteries. You have two common carotid arteries, one on each side of your neck. They each divide into internal and external carotid arteries. The internal carotid arteries supply oxygen-rich blood to your brain. The external carotid arteries supply oxygen-rich blood to your face, scalp, and neck.

    Symptoms that would require exam:

  • A sudden, severe headache with no known cause, Dizziness or loss of balance, Inability to move one or more of your limbs, Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, Sudden weakness or numbness in the face or limbs, often on just one side of the body, Trouble speaking or understanding speech, Shortness of Breath

  • Upper and Lower Arterial Duplex Scan:

    To visualize and assess blood flow through the arteries of the upper and lower extremities toward diagnosing disorders such as occlusion and aneurysm and evaluate for the presence of plaque and stenosis. This procedure can also be used to assess the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions such as arterial graphs and blood flow to transplanted organs.

    Symptoms that would require exam:

  • Chest pain, High blood pressure, Swollen legs, leg pain, tingling toes

  • Abdominal Aortic Ultrasound:

    An ultrasound of the abdominal aorta is a non-invasive, painless test that uses high-frequency sound waves to image the "aorta," the main blood vessel leading away from the heart.

    Symptoms that would require exam:

  • Intense back or abdominal pain, Rapid pulse, Nausea and vomiting, Excessive sweating, Shock, Risk factors, High blood pressure, Smoking, High cholesterol, Obesity, Emphysema, Genetic factors, Gender (males have a higher risk)

  • Venous Duplex Scan:

    Venous duplex scan is a painless exam that uses high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to capture images of internal views of veins that return blood to the heart. During an upper extremity venous duplex scan, the veins in your neck, shoulders, arms and wrists are viewed. During a lower extremity venous duplex scan, the veins in the legs and ankles are viewed.

    Symptoms that would require exam:

  • Minimal Symptoms of: Chest pain, Shortness of Breath, Palpations, High blood pressure, Swollen legs, leg pain, tingling toes, EKG negative results

  • Renal Ultrasound:

    A renal ultrasound is a safe and painless test that uses sound waves to make images of the kidneys, ureters, and bladder.

    Symptoms that would require exam:

  • Kidney stones, obstructions to urinary flow, collections of fluid in and around the kidneys, and infections.

  • Holter Monitors:

    A Holter monitor is a battery-operated portable device that measures and tape 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.

    Symptoms that would require exam:

  • Minimal Symptoms of: Chest pain, Shortness of Breath, Palpations, High blood pressure, Swollen legs, leg pain, tingling toes, EKG negative results, Fast or Irregular Heartbeat

  • Event Monitors:

    A Cardiac Event monitor is a device that is used to record the electrical activity of the heart for up to 30 days at a time. When a patient experiences symptom they push the Record button on the Cardiac Event monitor and a cardiac event is recorded. An auto-trigger may also automatically record some non-symptomatic events. The patient then calls a cardiac lab to transmit their recording over the phone.

    Symptoms that would require exam:

  • Minimal Symptoms of: Chest pain, Shortness of Breath, Palpations, High blood pressure, Swollen legs, leg pain, tingling toes, EKG negative results, Fast or Irregular Heartbeat

  • Abdominal Angiogram with Runoff:

    Abdominal aortograms with runoff is a medical imaging technique used to visualize the inside, or lumen, of blood vessels and organs of the body, with particular interest in the arteries, veins, and the heart chambers. This takes images of the lower abdominal aorta and arteries in the legs.

    Symptoms that would require exam:

  • Pain in the calf muscle after walking a short distance, Discoloration of the toes or feet or a "cold" foot, result of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)

  • Angioplasty with Stent:

    For certain people, heart disease treatment can be achieved without surgery. Angioplasty is a non-surgical procedure that can be used to open blocked arteries. Stent placement is option that can be done during angioplasty.

    Symptoms that would require exam:

  • Minimal Symptoms of: Chest pain, Shortness of Breath, Palpations, High blood pressure, Swollen legs, leg pain, tingling toes, EKG negative results, Fast or Irregular Heartbeat

  • Atherectomy with Stent:

    A minimally invasive endovascular surgery technique for removing atherosclerosis from blood vessels within the body. It is an alternative to angioplasty for the treatment of peripheral artery disease. Stent placement is option that can be done during Atherectomy.

    Symptoms that would require exam:

  • Minimal Symptoms of: Chest pain, Shortness of Breath, Palpations, High blood pressure, Swollen legs, leg pain, tingling toes, EKG negative results, Fast or Irregular Heartbeat

  • Nuclear Cardiology:

    Information coming soon.

    Symptoms that would require exam:

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  • Thallium Stress Test:

    A thallium stress test is a nuclear imaging test that shows how well blood flows into the heart while you’re exercising or at rest. This test is also called a cardiac or nuclear stress test.

    Symptoms that would require exam:

  • Minimal Symptoms of: Chest pain, Shortness of Breath, Palpations, High blood pressure, Swollen legs, leg pain, tingling toes, EKG negative results, Fast or Irregular Heartbeat
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