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Testing Diagnosis and Treatment

Screening for common heart conditions is often the first step in heart care.   The wide range of diagnostic tests available at North Oaks allows customized testing for each patient, ensuring an accurate diagnosis as quickly and cost effectively as possible.  Some of the more common diagnostic tests available at North Oaks include:

Calcium Scoring – A test involving 64-slice CT imaging which can predict coronary artery disease, as well as a patient’s level of cardiac risk, with greater than 90 percent accuracy.  A high calcium score indicates that the patient is at high risk of suffering a cardiac event.

Coronary CT Angiography (CTA) – A non-invasive procedure using CT imaging to screen for vascular and heart disease, as well as atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

EKG –Measures the heart’s electrical impulses to detect a heart attack or other abnormalities.

Echocardiogram – An ultrasound that examines heart function, and its chambers, valves and blood flow.

Stress Test or “Treadmill”
– This test measures  how well the heart works during exercise. It can detect ischemia (decreased blood flow in the arteries that supply the heart) and helps doctors understand the type and level of exercise appropriate for the patient.

Nuclear Scan – Indicates how well blood flows to the heart muscle.

Diagnostic Catheterization
– is a medical procedure used to diagnose and treat some heart conditions. During this test, a doctor inserts a thin plastic tube, or catheter, into an artery in the arm, neck or leg. Through the catheter, your doctor can do a variety of diagnostic tests and treatments on your heart.

Interventional Catheterization –Catheterization may also be used to treat heart problems.   One example of this is angioplasty.  This involves using a deflated balloon at the end of a catheter.  The balloon is inflated at the point of the blockage to widen an  artery.   A stent may be  used to prop open the artery to improve blood flow.