Diagnosis and Imaging
The first step toward a healthy heart is to determine the type and extent of cardiovascular disease. Astria Heart Institute provides technologically advanced heart care, offering state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and expertise. Our experienced clinical cardiologists use a wide range of sophisticated cardiac procedures to diagnose heart disease:
- Nuclear medicine scans such as a myocardial perfusion. A myocardial perfusion scan utilizes a small dose of radioactive material to reveal the structure and blood flow within the heart.
- Non-invasive studies imaging technologies including magnetic resonance angiography (MRA), computed tomography angiography (CTA), x-ray and echocardiograms provide images of the heart muscle, valves, veins and arteries. Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) and transesophogeal echocardiogram (TEE) measure the heart's electrical activity and heart structures, and valves. Portable devices such as a Holter monitor or event recorder measure a patient's heart activity throughout the day, over an extended period of time.
- Cardiac catheterization, or coronary angiogram, is adiagnosticcardiology procedure that provides real-time x-ray images (fluoroscopy) to show the heart's pumping ability, the health of the valves and arteries, as well as measure blood pressure. This technique is also used to collect biopsies and blood samples.
- Electrophysiology studies: Minimally invasive study of the electrical activity in the heart looking for abnormal heart rhythms and how to treat them using a catheter based technique.