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Heart screening and imaging

Regular heart screening is important for maintaining your heart health. Heart screening can include blood tests to examine cholesterol and glucose levels, as well as imaging exams to both screen for heart complications and monitor current conditions.

Heart screenings in Middle Tennessee

Your heart needs the highest quality care, and that starts with an accurate diagnosis.

When you experience discomfort or uncertainty regarding your heart, you want to get it fixed as soon as possible. To make that possible, TriStar Medical Group's specialists offer a wide variety of heart testing and imaging exams.

Types of cardiac conditions we screen for

Heart complications can be just that: complicated. But we want you to rest assured knowing that our experienced heart and vascular specialists are prepared to diagnose a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Heart arrhythmia
  • Heart attack
  • Heart disease
  • Heart failure
  • Valvular abnormalities
  • Vascular disease

Screening and imaging services we provide

Whether you need immediate answers or your condition requires extended monitoring, we are here for you. With a comprehensive range of services, our experienced physicians aim to understand the root of your condition to form an appropriate treatment plan.

Heart testing we offer

Our diagnostic and imaging specialists are here to ensure the highest quality cardiac care. Depending on your condition, cardiovascular surgery may be needed, and we want to know that. As such, we offer the following tests:

  • Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring
  • Calcium scoring
  • Carotid/aortic ultrasound
  • Echocardiography
  • Electrophysiology
  • Noninvasive hemodynamic monitoring
  • Nuclear stress testing
  • Pacemaker/defibrillator examination and monitoring
  • Signal average electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Stress echocardiography

Computerized tomography (CT) scan

Cardiovascular CT is a safe, easy alternative to many other heart diagnostic tools. The test uses a special X-ray to take 3D images of your heart to see if your arteries are clogged. Through this advanced imaging, our cardiologists can determine your risks for coronary artery disease (CAD), heart arrhythmia, heart attack or heart failure, while potentially preventing blockages before they occur. Additionally, we use cardiac CT to track plaque buildup in the heart to ensure your treatment is working.

Computerized tomography (CT) angiography

CT angiography uses a special X-ray to examine blood flow through your body. Depending on your condition, we can use this test to examine the following areas:

  • Chest
  • Head and neck
  • Kidneys
  • Other extremities

Event monitoring

Event monitoring is a painless way to monitor your heartbeat for an extended period of time. Once you activate the system, a small box electronically records your heartbeat. If you feel any symptoms while wearing the monitor, you can record your heartbeat and send the information through a service that prints the data for your doctor.

Holter monitoring

A Holter monitor is a device that makes a continuous recording of your heart rhythm. It is usually worn for 24 or 48 hours and allows your doctor to see what kind of irregular heartbeat you may have and how often it occurs.

Stress testing

During a stress test, you walk on a treadmill while a technologist watches for changes on your EKG. Some changes can show that your heart is not getting enough oxygen when it has to beat faster. The test is carefully conducted by trained personnel and a cardiologist is available at all times.

Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE)

A TEE is a special ultrasound picture of your heart. The ultrasound beam is on the end of a flexible tube, which is placed down your esophagus. This procedure allows your doctor to view your heart without other structures, such as the ribs, obstructing their view.

Vascular ultrasound study

A vascular ultrasound study is used to diagnose and detect vascular diseases. There are no needles, radiation, dyes or anesthesia involved. To accurately detect any vascular problems, we need two pieces of information: an image of the blood vessel and information about how blood flows through the blood vessel.

These two pieces of information are obtained at the same time through duplex scanning, which is done using a smooth probe called a transducer that is connected to the ultrasound machine. The transducer is a microphone-like device that sends ultrasound waves into your body. The ultrasound waves "bounce" off structures in your body and are reflected back to the transducer.

Additional scans available through vascular ultrasound studies include:

  • Aorta duplex
  • Arterial Doppler
  • Arterial duplex
  • Carotid duplex
  • Mesenteric artery duplex
  • Radial artery mapping
  • Renal artery duplex
  • Vein mapping
  • Venous duplex

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