Heart and Vascular Services

The latest technology, tests and procedures are available right here at the Heart & Vascular Center to quickly and accurately diagnose and treat any cardiac or vascular problem you may experience.

From a basic electrocardiogram to sophisticated CT scans, you can rest assured that our highly trained team has the experience and the tests needed to get to the bottom of the problem without delay.


Technology and Tests

Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) – this simple test detects and records the electrical activity of your heart and it is used to identify and locate the source of the problem.

Heart Monitors – these devices record your heartbeat and are used to diagnose any potential heartbeat irregularities.

Tilt Table Test – this test is used to diagnose people with unexplained fainting spells or syncope.

Ultrasound Imaging – this noninvasive test uses ultrasound to create pictures of how well the blood is flowing through various vessels in your body.

Echocardiogram (Echo) – uses ultrasound (high-frequency sound waves) to take pictures of your heart’s chambers and valves.

Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE) – is a different application of an Echo. It sends sound waves to your heart through a small scope.

Stress Tests – there are many different types of stress tests. The purpose of each is to evaluate how your heart muscle is functioning, as well as how well blood is flowing to your heart.

Computer Tomography (CT) Scan – is an imaging technique that uses a computer and X-rays to reveal cross-sections or “slices” of areas of the body. The Dual Source CT scanner at Sacred Heart Hospital takes 128 “slices” or images of the body at once, resulting in crystal clear accuracy.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – uses harmless but powerful magnetic fields and radio waves to create detailed images of the blood vessels.

Angiography – uses an intravenous (IV) dye and X-rays to better visualize how blood is flowing through your blood vessels.

Cardiac Catheterization – this test is used to record your heart and blood vessels as they work in order to help diagnose any narrowing or blockage.

Electrophysiology Testing – this test is used to assess serious electrical conduction abnormalities (such as irregular heart rhythms) that can become life threatening.


Procedures

Radio frequency ablation – this is a minimally invasive procedure that uses high frequency alternating current to remove cells that are issuing abnormal electrical activity leading to heart arrhythmia.

Peripheral and vascular angioplasty/stenting – this minimally invasive procedure is performed to improve blood flow to the arteries and veins.

Neuro thrombolysis and coils – these interventional procedures are used to treat certain types of stroke and aneurysm.

MERCI retrieval system – the MERCI retrieval system is the first medical device approved by the FDA to physically remove blood clots from the brains of people experiencing a certain type of stroke.

Intra-arterial cerebral thrombolysis – this lifesaving procedure dissolves blood clots in the brain.

Carotid endarterectomy – this operation is performed to remove the inner lining of the carotid artery to eliminate plaque from the artery and restore blood flow. The carotid arteries provide the main blood supply to the brain. They are located on each side of your neck. You can feel their pulse under the jawline.

Vein stripping – this minor surgery is used to remove a damaged vein and prevent complications of vein damage.

Venous thrombectomy – this surgical procedure is used to remove a clot in a large vein.