When your symptoms suggest a problem inside your heart or blood vessels, the team at Trident Cardiology Associates, PA, turns to cardiac and vascular imaging to see inside these structures and diagnose the underlying problem. All their patients have access to the practice’s convenient in-house imaging lab, where they offer diagnostic tests such as vascular imaging, echocardiograms, stress tests, and nuclear imaging. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Ladson, Walterboro, or Moncks Corner, South Carolina, or use the online booking system today.
When your provider needs to diagnose problems in your arteries and veins, they perform vascular imaging using ultrasound. This noninvasive technique uses safe sound waves to show vascular structures and the flow of blood.
The team at Trident Cardiology Associates, PA, uses vascular imaging to target blood vessels throughout your body, diagnosing conditions such as:
They also use ultrasound to evaluate your response to vascular treatments.
An echocardiogram is a type of ultrasound imaging that targets your heart. As ultrasound creates moving images of your heart, your provider can see how well the muscles pump blood, identify valve dysfunction, detect areas of poor blood flow, find blood clots in your heart, and diagnose blocked coronary arteries.
Nuclear imaging uses a tiny amount of radioactive materials, called radiotracers, to examine your heart. Radiotracers send out radiation that specialized imaging equipment picks up.
With this type of diagnostic imaging, your provider sees aspects of tissues and metabolic activity that other imaging types can’t detect. As a result, nuclear imaging reveals problems such as blocked coronary arteries at an earlier stage compared to other imaging techniques.
A stress test shows how your heart performs when you exercise compared to its function while at rest. Before you start a stress test, the team places electrodes on your body that connect to the electrocardiogram (ECG) device. You also wear a blood pressure cuff.
They take a baseline ECG and blood pressure reading before you exercise, and then you start to walk on a treadmill. They continuously monitor your heart activity using the ECG, while occasionally checking your blood pressure.
Your exercise starts at a pace that’s easy for you, then gradually increases. You stay on the treadmill until you reach a targeted heart rate or develop symptoms and need to stop. If you can’t exercise, your provider can mimic the effects of exercise on your heart using medications.
The team at Trident Cardiology Associates, PA, may combine a stress test with nuclear imaging or an echocardiogram. Taking these images before and after you exercise and comparing the results provides more information about your heart’s function.
If you need cardiac or vascular imaging, call Trident Cardiology Associates, PA, or schedule an appointment online today.