Heart & Vascular Associates of Augusta is committed to providing our patients with highest quality of care.
We are the only private cardiology practice in Augusta accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). This accreditation means that our facility has undergone an intensive application and review process demonstrating our adherence to quality care.
Our technologists are also certified by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) and the Nuclear Technology Certification Board (NMTCB).
Nuclear Stress Test
An imaging test used to show how much blood is flowing ino the heart muscle, both during rest and activity. An intravenous (IV) will be started to inject medicine into your veins highlighting any areas of poor blood flow or damage in the heart. The test will be performed right here in the same office you see your doctor.
Preparation for the test:
• Avoid all caffeine and decaf products for 12 hours before the test. This includes coffee, tea, soda, chocolate, etc. If in doubt, leave it out!
• Eat a light breakfast You can dring milk, juice, or water with your meal.
• DO NOT take any blood pressure or heart medication on test day. All other medications including diabetic medication is fine to take.
• Wear or bring comfortable clothes and shoes.
• No cologne, powders, or lotions on the day of the test. Deodorant/antiperspirant is fine.
• Be prepared for a long stay, the test takes approximately 3 – 4 hours.
If you do not cancel your appointment within 24 hours of the appointment date, you will be charged $100 for the medication.
Test of cardiovascular capacity made by monitoring the heart rate during a period of increasingly strenuous exercise.
An ultrasound of the heart that provides pictures of heart valves and chambers, allowing the sonographer to evaluate how well the heart contracts.
An ultrasound used to examine circulation of vessels in the body, identify blockages in arteries and veins, and detect blood clots.
An invasive imaging procedure used to examine heart function.
A pacemaker is a small device implanted in chest that helps control abnormal heart rhythms.
A stent is a small metal mesh tube placed in an artery to treat narrowed or weak arteries.
A portable device that records your heart’s activity when you have symptoms, used for monitoring long term symptoms that occur less than daily.
A portable device worn for 24 to 48 hours that continuously records all of your heart’s activity.
Questions about any of these procedures?
Feel free to contact us to schedule your appointment today