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Nuclear Cardiology Testing
During a nuclear heart scan, a safe, radioactive material called a tracer is injected through a vein into your bloodstream. The tracer then travels to your heart. The tracer releases energy, which special cameras outside of your body detect. The cameras use the energy to create pictures of different parts of your heart.
This test is used to determine if you have obstructed coronary arteries that may cause you to be experiencing chest pains. This condition may lead you to sustain a heart attack. This especially useful for people experiencing chest pain.
California Cardiovascular Care Medical Group Inc. Services
- Invasive Cardiology (Cardiac Caths, Angioplasty, Athrectomy, Stents)
- Invasive Vascular (Corotid, Renal, Femoral, Popliteal Artery Stenting)
- Echo Lab (2D Echo, Doppler Echo, TEE Lab, Dobutamine Echo, Stress Echo)
- Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
- Chronic Venous Insufficiency
- ABI (Ankle-Arm Index, Ankle-Brachial Index)
- Renal Artery Duplex Scanning
- Peripheral Arterial Disease
- Nuclear Cardiology Lab (Thallium Stress, Dobutamine Stress, Adenosine Stress, Dipryridamole Stress)
- Heart Monitoring (Holter Monitor, Event Monitor,Implantable Loop Recorder)
- Oximetry Electrophysiology Study
- Abdominal Aortic Screening
- Peripheral Arterial Disease
- Electrophysiology (EP Testing, Ablation Therapy, AICD Implantation)
Echocardiography is a diagnostic test that uses ultrasound waves to create an image of the heart muscle. Ultrasound waves that rebound or echo off the heart can show the size, shape, and movement of the heart's valves and chambers as well as the flow of blood through the heart. Echocardiography may show such abnormalities as poorly functioning heart valves or damage to the heart tissue from a past heart attack.
This test is especially useful in evaluating patients who are experiencing chest pain or shortness of breath. This may help diagnose a cardiac condition such as heart failure as the cause of the patients symptoms.
Endovenous ablation is a minimally-invasive procedure that uses a catheter inserted into a vein to direct heat from laser optics or a radiofrequency electrode. This heat shrinks varicose veins and cuts off their blood supply.
During a varicose vein treatment procedure, your physician uses duplex ultrasound guidance to accurately positions the Radiofrequency (RF) catheter tip into the diseased vein, and injects a numbing solution around it. A second role of the numbing solution, besides its numbing action, is to serve like an insulating sleeve and protect the surrounding tissues from heat damage. As the RF energy is delivered and the catheter is withdrawn, the heat applied to the vein wall destroys its regenerative capacity and shrinks its collagen, leading to its permanent closure. CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO
A type of portable heart monitor that is a small electrocardiogram (EKG) device worn in a pouch around the neck or waist. A Holter monitor keeps a record of the heart rhythm, typically over a 24-hour period, and the patient keeps a diary of activities and symptoms. The EKG recording is then correlated with the person's activities and symptoms. This type of test is useful for identifying heart disturbances that are sporadic and not readily identified with a resting EKG.
This test is useful for evaluating patients who are experiencing palpitations, passing out spells, and dizziness. Occasionally, it may diagnose conditions such as atrial fibrillation, which the patient experiences as an irregular heart beat. This is important to identify as untreated atrial fibrillation is a common cause of stroke.
Since starting a dedicated weight loss program in 2010 at California Cardiovascular Care, Dr. Christodoulou has helped more than 200 of his patients lose 30-200 lb. Many of these patients started out with multiple medications for treatment of conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, coronary artery disease, obstructive sleep apnea and chronic fatigue. These are mostly conditions caused by, or exacerbated by, being overweight. Weight loss has enabled these patients to either stop medication and/or drastically reduce the amounts of medication needed to maintain their health. This is achieved in most cases through diet alone. The process starts with biometric measurments of your body, and a blood test to determine various indices including measurments of insulin resistance, and cholesterol particle size testing. A diet is then specifically designed for you that generally achieves an immediate weightloss of 12-20 lb within six weeks. Thereafter, adjustments at regular intervals are made to help achieve, or maintain your goal weight.
We have an active research program that includes many exciting and novel treatments for cardiovascular diseases.
An active weightloss research program evaluating the effects of various diets on the hormone, Grehlin (the hunger hormone) and the hormone, Leptin (satiety and metabolism regulation).This research fuels our ever expanding diet and nutrition advice to our patients, keeping us at the cutting edge of this important field.
Through the years, California Cardiovascular has been at the leading front for post-market FDA approval and evaluation of devices, ensuring that newly released products are safe.
Body Chemistry Markers
Please be sure to ask about our new research for platelet drug resistance and hypercoagulant markers which we are able to do with a inner mouth swab alone.
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