Every hospital service starts with a consultation. It is an initial evaluation and discussion of your cardiovascular health history and current cardiac issues (if applicable.) You will have the opportunity to ask questions and voice any concerns with regard to your cardiac health.
We provide many services at the hospital, and you will receive our utmost respect and attention during your stay. Some of our hospital cardiac services are:
- Transesophageal Echocardiography
- CT Angiography
- Peripheral Vascular Procedures
- Cardiac Catheterization Studies
- Renal Artery Imaging
- Implantable Cardiac Monitor
During your visit, you and your provider will discuss the best course of action to ensure optimal management of your cardiovascular health. We also provide many services in office and at our Outpatient Facility, please see our in-office services page and our ASC page.
A transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE), a type of ultrasound, allows your provider to examine comprehensive structures of your heart not clearly visible via a traditional transthoracic ultrasound. It is especially useful to examine a specific area of the heart when more detail and advanced imaging is needed. A TEE is useful to diagnose conditions such as valve disease, structural abnormalities, infections, or clots in the chambers of the heart. TEEs are different from standard transthoracic echocardiograms in that you will need to be admitted to our outpatient surgical center or the hospital.
During a transesophageal echocardiogram procedure, you will be given a mild sedation. A probe is inserted through the mouth and down the throat to retrieve advanced imaging. Vital signs and heart rate and rhythm are monitored continuously throughout the procedure. Once the images have been obtained, the probe will be removed and you will be monitored in a recovery area. In the recovery area, you will not be allowed to eat or drink until your gag reflex returns and it is safe to do so. The procedure itself only takes 15-20 minutes, but the preparation and recovery time could be several hours. If this test is necessary, your provider will go over the risks and benefits associated with this procedure.
CT angiography uses advanced imaging with contrast dye to obtain imaging of your arteries while under mild sedation. CT angiography can be useful to assist your provider in looking at narrowing, bulging, or blockages in your arteries. During this procedure, usually performed in our outpatient surgical center, an IV will be started and dye administered.
A special camera is used to take images while the contrast dye circulates, and you will be asked to remain still while images are obtained. The test takes about 15-20 minutes to complete depending upon the complexity of the exam. If this procedure is necessary, your provider will advise you be well hydrated prior to the exam to help your body excrete the dye after the procedure. You will be able to go home after a short recovery period, but you will not be allowed to drive yourself home.
Peripheral Vascular Procedures
Just like the vessels that feed your heart with blood, you also have many other vessels that feed the rest of your body, and these vessels can also become diseased. Your doctor may request peripheral vascular studies to detect disruption in the flow of blood in your peripheral vessels (in your legs and arms). These studies are done in much the same was as arterial studies of the heart, and usually in our outpatient surgical center or the hospital cath labs.
You will be given medication to relax you via IV access, and then arterial access is obtained with a small incision, where a small catheter is inserted. The doctor will use a contrast dye to visualize the arteries on a screen and overhead and take digital images, and determine if you have an blockages, disruption to flow, or other issues. Once the images are complete, the catheter is removed and you will be monitored in the recovery area until you’re stable enough to go home. While you will not be fully asleep, you will be sedated so you will not be allowed to drive yourself home.
Cardiac Catheterization Studies
Left Heart Catheterization
This procedure is used to determine if an individual has significant coronary artery disease. The test provides advanced imaging of the arteries that feed blood to your heart to determine if there are blockages that restrict blood flow.
This test is used to measure pressures in the left side of the heart to determine left ventricular performance. This test can also diagnose conditions such as congenital coronary artery abnormalities and myocardial bridging.
Right Heart Catheterization
A right heart catheterization is a diagnostic procedure used to measure pressures in the pulmonary artery and right side of your heart.
This type of catheterization is not routinely performed during the cardiac catheterization procedure. However, when symptoms or other conditions call for further investigation (for example: unexplained shortness of breath, valve disease, pulmonary hypertension), your provider may order a right heart catheterization.