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Cardiology Testing

What to expect for cardiology testing?

The advanced facilities here at Southlake Clinic allow us to perform a multitude of cardiac procedures to detect heart conditions:

  • EKG procedures and echocardiography – transthoracic and tranesophogeal
  • Stress testing – pharmocologic/treadmill
  • Carotid ultrasound
  • Cardiac catheterization and angiography
  • Holter and event monitoring

Echocardiogram (echo)

An echocardiogram (often called "echo") is a graphic outline of the heart's movement. During this test, high-frequency soundwaves, called ultrasound, provide pictures of the heart's valves and chambers.

This allows the technician, called a sonographer, to evaluate the pumping action of the heart. Echo is often combined with Doppler ultrasound and color Doppler to evaluate blood flow across the heart's valves.

Electrocardiogram (EKG) / stress test / Holter monitor

What is an electrocardiogram?

An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is a measurement of the electrical activity of the heart. By placing electrodes at specific locations on the body (chest, arms and legs), a graphic representation, or tracing, of the electrical activity can be obtained. Changes in an ECG from the normal tracing can indicate one or more of several heart-related conditions. Conditions that are not heart conditions may also cause changes in the ECG.

Electrophysiology

Cardiac electrophysiology is the science of diagnosing and treating the electrical activities of the heart.

These studies are performed to assess complex arrhythmias, evaluate abnormal electrocardiograms, assess risk of developing arrhythmias in the future and design treatment. These procedures increasingly include therapeutic methods in addition to diagnostic and prognostic procedures.

Nuclear medicine

Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose or treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease and certain other abnormalities within the body.

Nuclear medicine procedures are noninvasive and usually painless medical tests that help physicians diagnose medical conditions.

Vascular ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

It involves exposing part of the body to high-frequency soundwaves to produce pictures of the inside of the body.

Because ultrasound images are captured in real time, they can show the structure and movement of the body's internal organs as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.

Vascular ultrasound provides pictures of the body's veins and arteries.

Upon receiving cardiology testing, there are a numerous amount of options offered given the results of your specific diagnosis. Some treatment options offered at Southlake are:

  • Heart disease assessment, diagnosis and treatment
  • Heart attack and stroke prevention
  • Risk evaluation and modification
  • Balloon angioplasty and stenting
  • Advanced care for heart failure and arrhythmia
  • Pacemaker implantation & follow-up
  • Defibrillator follow-up
  • Peripheral vascular disease diagnosis & treatment
  • Pharmacologic management
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Lifestyle modification, including smoking cessation

Get early detection and treatment for heart conditions from the multispecialty team here at Southlake Clinic. Call (425) 251-5110 or fill out our online Request an Appointment form to schedule your consultation with us. Visit one of our clinics located in Covington, Newcastle and Renton, King County, WA.