Welcome to DaVita Medical Group’s Cardiology department! We look forward to partnering with you in your medical care.
Cardiology is the branch of medicine that deals with diseases and abnormalities of the heart. Did you know that Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States? Knowing your numbers (cholesterol, blood pressure, etc) and taking proactive steps to better manage your health can help keep your heart healthy.
DaVita Medical Group's Cardiology team is here to help you manage your heart health needs and recognize warning signs before it’s too late. Our board certified cardiologists and cardiology nurse practitioner are ready to work with you to keep your heart pumping strong.
Echocardiography is a type of ultrasound that uses sound waves to create a moving picture of your heart. An instrument called a transducer that transmits high-frequency sound waves is placed against different areas of your chest and abdomen. The transducer will pick up the echoes of sound waves as they bounce off different areas inside the heart. These echos are turned into real time moving images of your heart that can be viewed on a video screen.
Different types of Echocardiograms:
How do I prepare for the test?
STRESS TEST PREP ONLY - No preparation needed for the resting echocardiogram. If you are having a stress test please ask your health care provider if you should take any of your routine medications the day of the test (especially if you are taking heart medication). Some medications may interfere with test results. You should take your normal medications unless your provider tells you not to. You may eat a light meal and have plenty of fluids until 2 hours prior to the test. If you use an inhaler for breathing please bring this with you for your exam. Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes to be prepared for the treadmill exam. Your appointment may take up to 1 ½ hours. You will exercise on a treadmill or be given medication* until you reach a target heart rate. This helps reveal how your heart works when you are active. Your blood pressure and heart rhythm (ECG) will be monitored throughout the procedure. Tell the doctor how you are feeling during this part of the test. When you reach your target heart rate you will be asked to return to the exam table and the technologist will repeat a few more images of your heart. * If you are not able to exercise, you will receive medication through a vein (intravenous line). This type of medication will make your heart beat faster and harder, similar to when you exercise. Your physician will make this determination when they order the exam for you.
How do I receive my test results?
After your visit to our clinic, the cardiologist will review and interpret your exam; the results will be made available to the ordering physician within five business days.
PAD (Peripheral Artery Disease) occurs when there is a buildup of cholesterol and plaque in the arteries of the lower extremities, causing decreased blood flow to the legs and feet.
Why is this exam ordered?
Arterial testing with the non-invasive BioMedix® system can provide early detection of PAD when treatment options are broadest (including lifestyle changes as well as non-invasive and invasive therapeutic options). The system detects blockages in arteries and the quality of blood flow using pulse volume recordings along with ankle-brachial blood pressure measurements.
How is the test performed?
You will lie down on the exam table. Pressure cuffs will be wrapped snugly around your arms, ankles, and toes. The technician will inflate the cuffs, and sensors in the machine will record the pulse volume waveforms that correspond to each beat of your heart. Blood pressures are recorded at the arms and ankles. The ankle-brachial index (ABI) is determined by the ratio between these pressures. An abnormal index maybe indicative of PAD and further testing may be ordered by your physician.
How do I receive my test results?
After your visit to our clinic, the radiologist will review and interpret your exam; the results will be made available to the ordering physician within five business days.