Heart testing in Middle Tennessee
Your heart is a precious resource and deserves the utmost care. At TriStar Medical Group, our leading heart and vascular specialists are committed to treating your cardiovascular needs with compassion, specialized expertise and cutting-edge technology to improve your quality of life.
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In Middle Tennessee and surrounding communities, we offer the following diagnostic tests and services to ensure quality cardiac care:
- Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring
- Calcium scoring
- Carotid/aortic ultrasound
- Non-invasive hemodynamic monitoring
- Nuclear stress testing
- Pacemaker/defibrillator examination and monitoring
- Signal average electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Stress echocardiography
Computed 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:
- Head and neck
- Renal (kidney)
- Other extremities
Cardiovascular computed tomography (CCT) 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) and heart attack and potentially prevent a blockage before it occurs. Additionally, we use cardiac CT to track plaque buildup in the heart to ensure your treatment is working.
A Holter monitor is a device that makes a continuous recording of your heart rhythm. It is usually worn for 24 or 48 hours. A Holter monitor recording allows your doctor to see what kind of irregular heartbeat you may have and how often it occurs.
Event monitoring is a painless way to monitor your heartbeat for an extended period of time. A small box records your heartbeat electronically once you activate the system. 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.
During a stress test, you walk on a treadmill while the 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 diseases of non-cardiac blood vessels. 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.
At TriStar Medical Group, we offer the following scans:
- Carotid duplex
- Arterial Doppler
- Arterial duplex
- Venous duplex
- Aorta duplex
- Renal artery duplex
- Mesenteric artery duplex
- Vein mapping
- Radial artery mapping