Helping You Identify and Prevent Cardiovascular Issues
Known as ankle brachial index, ABI is a non-invasive test that is done in the office. This test measures and compares the ratio of blood pressure in the ankle to that in the arm to determine how well your blood is flowing, which will help determine your risk of PAD (peripheral artery disease).
An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart. This test uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the heart. The sound waves can detect the quality of blood flow to and from the heart.
This test is used to diagnose or rule out heart disease and to follow previously diagnosed patients with heart conditions. This test is performed by a sonographer technologist and is a diagnostic test.
A small amount of gel is used on the chest area to allow the transducer (a small hand-held device) to glide smoothly over the chest area. The transducer sends and receives sound waves that convert to pictures on the ultrasound machine.
You can see your heart beating, and may even be able to see or hear your heartbeat and blood flow. Various portions of the test are recorded and stored as part of the patient’s medical record. The test takes about 20-30 minutes and is painless.
How does it work?
The treatment consists of lying on a padded table with large blood pressure cuffs on your upper legs. These cuffs inflate and deflate rhythmically for one hour. A full course of treatment consists of 35 one-hour sessions. It takes place in our offices and has no recovery period, which allows you to continue with your daily routine.
Am I a candidate for EECP?
The treatment is recommended for patients who have ongoing symptoms of poor body circulation (angina pectoris) and who do not want angioplasty or bypass surgery or are not eligible for these procedures. Many doctors refer their patients to Baker-Gilmour for treatment.
What are the symptoms of poor body circulation?
These symptoms may consist of chest pain but also fatigue, poor exercise tolerance, or shortness of breath. For properly selected patients, there is little or no risk associated with this treatment.
How will the treatment benefit me?
Most patients experience positive results. These include having no angina or angina that is less frequent and less intense, more energy, and a better quality of life. The treatment can also be repeated if symptoms re-occur.
Will my insurance cover the treatment?
EECP has been scientifically studied and many academic medical center research labs offer this therapy. It is approved by Medicare and all major insurance companies.
Also known as “EKG.” This is a non-invasive diagnostic test that measures the electrical activity of the heart. Many heart conditions can be detected by looking for certain patterns on the EKG.
A small area of chest hair may be shaved to prepare the area for the adhesive patches that attach to the chest area. Leads are attached to each extremity and on the front of the chest. The test takes about 5 minutes and is painless.
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States. Being able to diagnose this disease process accurately is our number one objective.
The basic concept for this form of diagnosis is a nuclear stress test that measures the heart’s ability to respond to external stress in a controlled clinical environment. The stress response is induced by exercise or by drug stimulation. The drug used is a small amount of radioactive tracer known as a radioisotope.
The heart muscle extracts the radioisotope from the blood flow that normally feeds it. The more blood flow the heart gets, the more radioisotope the heart muscle extracts, allowing the physician to analyze the blood flow to all regions of the heart. If the coronary artery is narrowed, less blood flow (and therefore radioisotope) will be delivered to the heart muscles.
The Advantages Of a PET Scan Are Many:
Baker-Gilmour is the only cardiology practice in Jacksonville to offer the most accurate and sophisticated diagnostic equipment in its office.
What to Expect When You Have a PET Scan
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Types of Stress Tests and How to Prepare
Adenosine Stress Test: If one cannot exercise adequately, the use of pharmacological testing only will be utilized. This is generally done in conjunction with an imaging technique.