Specialty Services

Cardiology Procedures

EKG 

The electrical activity generated by the heart can be measured by an array of electrodes placed on the body surface. The recorded tracing is called an electrocardiogram (EKG). It is a simple way of screening for a number of heart conditions.

TET 

Treadmill Stress Testing is a cardiovascular stress  test that uses treadmill exercise with electrocardiography (ECG),  blood pressure monitoring and sometimes echocardiography. This test is a non-invasive way of looking for signs of poor blood flow through the coronary arteries. It can also be used to assess exercise capacity and heart rhythm disorders.

Pacemakers and Defibrillators 

Pacemaker implantation is a procedure to put a small, battery-operated device under the skin of the chest to help your heart beat regularly. This is a minor surgical procedure performed under a local anesthetic (it may be implanted under general anesthesia at times). A pacemaker prevents the heart from beating too slowly.

 A defibrillator is a little larger than a pacemaker. In addition to working as a pacemaker, a defibrillator also has the ability to stop deadly heart rhythms should they occur. It does this by delivering a strong electrical impulse to the heart in order to restore a normal heart rhythm.

Echocardiogram 

This is a painless test that uses ultrasound imaging to examine the size, strength, and structure of the heart as well to assess  the health of the heart valves.

Cardiac Catheterization 

Involves passing a  thin flexible tube (catheter) into the right or left side of the heart, usually from the groin or the arm. The test is used to look for atherosclerosis or “blockage,” of the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle itself. It also measures blood flow and pressure inside the heart chambers and pressure on the heart coming from the lungs.  A catherization also provides information about the heart valves.

Arterial Doppler 

This is a non-invasive, non-painful test done in our office to help diagnose circulation problems in the legs.

Pulmonology Procedures

Spirometry 

Spirometry is a type of pulmonary function test that measures the amount of air taken in (volume) and exhaled as a function of time. During a spirometry test, a patient places their mouth over the mouthpiece of the spirometer, takes a deep breath in, and then blows out as forcefully as possible. Spirometry gives health care professionals two important numbers that may indicate problems with lung function. These are:

  • Forced Vital Capacity (FVC) - how much air you can blow out of your lungs
  • Forced Expiratory Volume (FEV1) - the amount of air you can blow out in 1 second
Metacholine Challenge Test 

This lung function test for asthma is more commonly used in adults than in children. Methacholine is an agent that, when inhaled, causes the airways to spasm (contract involuntarily) and narrow if asthma is present. During this test, you inhale increasing amounts of methacholine aerosol mist before and after spirometry.

Sleep Studies 

Sleep studies are tests done overnight in a sleep lab at the hospital which record what happens to your body during sleep. The studies are done to find out what is causing your sleep problems   During the test--called a polysomnogram (PSG)-- several body functions are recorded  during sleep, including brain activity, eye movement, oxygen and carbon dioxide blood levels, heart rate and rhythm, breathing rate and rhythm, the flow of air through your mouth and nose, snoring, body muscle movements, and chest and belly movement.

A split night sleep study is an overnight PSG in which the patient spends the first half of the night being monitored for sleep apnea.  In the event that they show severe enough disease to merit treatment with positive pressure therapy, then the technologist will place the patient on positive pressure therapy, commonly called CPAP.  The CPAP  helps a person who has obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) breathe more easily during sleep. A CPAP machine increases air pressure in your throat so that your airway doesn't collapse when you breathe in.  The CPAP machine is adjusted in the sleep lab as well.

X-Rays

We offer in-house x-ray imaging to assist in diagnosing musculoskeletal and chest diseases.  A certified x-ray technician with many years of experience obtains these images.  This is another service which provides you with one-stop convenience.