LEADERS IN CARDIAC EXCELLENCE

We have been area leaders in cardiology excellence since we first brought the specialty to the area 30 years ago. Today, our reputation is built on our commitment to providing the highest standard of cardiovascular care and comprehensive, state-of-the-art diagnostics. We are the only cardiology practice in Hagerstown with an onsite PET (positron emission tomography) scanner.

ARRHYTHMIAS MONITORING

Measuring and evaluating any irregularity in the heart’s normal sequence of electrical impulses, which may include atrial fibrillation, bradycardia, conduction disorders, premature contraction, tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation.

ECHOCARDIOGRAM

A type of ultrasound test that uses high-pitched sound waves sent through a device called a transducer. Used to detect blood flow through the heart chambers, heart valves and blood vessels.

ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY STRESS TEST

A procedure that determines how well your heart and blood vessels are working. During the procedure you’ll exercise on a treadmill or stationary bike while your doctor monitors your blood pressure and heart rhythm. When your heart rate reaches peak levels, your doctor will take ultrasound images of your heart to determine whether your heart muscles are getting enough blood and oxygen while you exercise.

ELECTROCARDIOGRAM

(EKG or ECG) is a test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of your heart. An EKG translates the heart’s electrical activity into line tracings on paper. The spikes and dips in the line tracings are called waves.

Cardiac PET Services

CARDIAC PET IMAGING

A PET scan (positron emission tomography) of the heart is a noninvasive nuclear imaging test. It uses radioactive tracers to produce pictures of your heart. Used to diagnose coronary artery disease (CAD) and damage due to a heart attack. PET scans can show healthy and damaged heart muscle. PET scans can also help find out if you will benefit from angioplasty and stenting, coronary artery bypass surgery or another procedure.

CORONARY CALCIUM SCREENING

Cardiac computed tomography (CT) for Calcium Scoring uses special x-ray equipment to produce pictures of the coronary arteries to determine if they are blocked or narrowed by the buildup of plaque – an early indicator for atherosclerosis or coronary artery disease (CAD). This score can help to predict long term risk of cardiac events. 

CT CORONARY ANGIOGRAPHY

A computed tomography angiogram (CT angiogram) provides a detailed picture of the heart and the blood vessels that feed the heart (coronary arteries) by using a special dye that is put into a vein (IV). A CT angiogram can show whether a blood vessel is blocked, where the blockage is, and how severe the blockage is. The test can also show whether there is a bulge (aneurysm) or a buildup of fatty material called plaque in a blood vessel.

HOLTER MONITORING

 A small battery-operated portable device that measures and records your heart’s rhythm continuously for 24 to 48 hours or longer depending on the type of monitoring used to assess for arrhythmias. 

NUCLEAR STRESS TESTING

A test to assess blood flow to the heart and determine overall heart function. A small amount of radioactive substance is injected into your veins and a special camera is used to see the rays which are sent out. Images are captured during resting and exercise periods to indirectly determine if there is severe blockage in coronary arteries.

VASCULAR IMAGING

Non-invasive exam to evaluate blood flow through blood vessels, evaluating abnormal narrowing or enlargement of blood vessels in the chest, abdomen, pelvis and extremities. It may utilize computed tomography angiography (CTA) or vascular ultrasound.

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