Cardiology Partners is dedicated to offering a wide range of high quality diagnostic services, medical care,
treatment and therapeutic interventions to patients with conditions affecting the heart and peripheral vascular
This is a thorough evaluation with a cardiologist starting with a complete history and physical examination
to determine your risk for cardiovascular disease in the present and for the future. Time will be taken
to review any pertinent records available and possibly do further diagnostic testing to evaluate for the
presence of cardiac conditions.
This is a noninvasive ultrasound that can be done on upper and lower extremities to determine the presence
of blood clots and venous insufficiency.
This is a noninvasive test that can be done on the carotid arteries in the neck, the abdominal aorta, or
the lower and upper extremities to evaluate for blockages caused by plaque in the arteries.
Implantable Loop recorder Insertion
A very small device, about the size of a paper clip, is inserted under the skin on the left side of the
chest. It automatically records abnormal heart rhythms, which are then transmitted wirelessly to
your cardiologist. The patient can also “trigger” a transmission when certain symptoms such as dizziness
and palpitations are experienced. The battery lasts 3 years, giving the physician ample opportunity to
capture any abnormal heart rhythm.
Transesophageal Echo (TEE)
A TEE is an invasive outpatient procedure where an ultrasound probe similar to that used for a standard
echo is placed on the end of an endoscope and inserted through the mouth down into the esophagus. This
test is utilized to obtain more specific and direct imaging of the heart chambers, valves and structure.
Moderate sedation anesthesia is used for this procedure. We do TEEs in our office and at the hospital when
Pacemaker and Defibrillator Insertion
Pacemakers are small, computerized, highly sophisticated devices inserted under the skin in the chest wall.
They are connected to the heart through electrical cables called leads, which are inserted usually in a
vein under the clavicle.
Pacemakers use low-energy electrical impulses to regulate the heart beats, typically preventing the heart
from beating too slowly.
Defibrillators are similar to pacemakers, but besides using low-energy impulses, they can also deliver
high-energy impulses to treat potentially life-threatening fast heart rhythms.
Also known as an Echo, this is a noninvasive test that utilizes ultrasound waves to obtain images of the
heart. This test is used to view the heart chambers, valves and surrounding structures.
Stress tests are utilized to gather information about how the heart responds to stress. They are generally
done to detect the presence of coronary disease or monitor known cardiac conditions. Most stress tests
involve exercise on a treadmill with EKG monitoring. There are multiple ways to perform stress tests and
your cardiologist will determine which is the best test for you. The types of tests include exercise
treadmill stress tests which monitor for EKG changes during exercise, stress echo tests which use EKG and
echo imaging to evaluate for blocked arteries, and nuclear stress tests which uses a radioisotope to assess
blood flow to the heart muscle. For patients who are unable to exercise we utilize nuclear perfusion imagine
combined with medication to stress the heart. In all stress tests the patient will be continually monitored
for EKG changes, blood pressure and symptoms.
Angioplasty and Stent Insertion
Angioplasty is a procedure used to open up a clogged or partially clogged artery. A small tube is
inserted through an artery in the groin or wrist to reach the blocked vessel. A balloon is
then temporarily inflated at the site of obstruction to widen it. Angioplasty is often combined with the
permanent placement of a small wire mesh tube called a stent to help prop the artery open and decrease
its chance of narrowing again. These procedures are meant to restore blood flow to the affected tissues,
such as heart, legs, brain, kidneys, and improve symptoms and function.