Determining the best course of treatment for a heart or vascular condition begins with a complete and thorough understanding of the problem. At Vital Heart & Vein, we offer an array of tests that give us clear insight into our patients’ issues in order to prescribe the best and most efficient heart and vein treatment plans in Houston.
A heart rhythm monitor is a diagnostic test in which the electrical activity of your heart is recorded in order to identify an irregular heart rhythm, or cardiac arrhythmia, one of the common heart disorders. We use rhythm monitoring to record your heart rhythm in a number of ways, including holter monitoring, event monitoring, continuous telemetry monitoring, and remote monitoring. We also test monitoring devices using pacemaker and cardiac defibrillator interrogation.
Ultrasounds and dopplers are diagnostic tests used to assess the overall function of your heart and to determine the presence of many different types of heart disease, and they include echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography, abdominal aortic aneurysm screening, venous doppler, arterial doppler, and carotid doppler.
Stress tests are tests that help us find out how well your heart handles its workload when presented with a challenge such as exercise. As your body works harder during the test, it requires more fuel and your heart has to pump more blood. The test can show if there’s a lack of blood supply through the arteries that go to the heart.
Computed tomography (CT) uses special x-ray equipment to get images from different angles and computer processing to create cross-sectional images, or slices, of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside your body. CT scan images provide more detailed information than plain X-rays do.
ECG is a device used to record on graph paper the electrical activity of the heart. It helps to assess your heart rhythm, diagnose poor blood flow to the heart muscle, diagnose a heart attack, and diagnose abnormalities of your heart.