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Technological advances have made the evaluation of cardiovascular disease safer, faster, and more reliable. The Cardiology Department at Boulder Medical Center offers a comprehensive range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for the heart patient.
This office practices at Boulder Medical Center’s Broadway and Foothills facilities.
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Diagnostic Procedures Performed at BMC
Electrocardiogram: The electrocardiogram (ECG) is a simple test used in the diagnosis and therapy of many cardiac conditions and provides essential information about a patient’s condition and progress. The ECG is a graphical representation of the electrical activity of the heart. As such, it can tell us such information as where an electrical impulse originated, if a rhythm is regular, and if damage to the heart muscle exists.
Echocardiography: Echocardiography is one of the most important non-invasive techniques for the assessment of cardiovascular disease. It is quick, safe for the patient and provides reliable clinical information. Cardiac ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to create images of both cardiac valve structure and wall motion while the heart is beating. Information gleaned can pinpoint specific abnormalities and furnish direction for further diagnostic studies and treatment. A state-of-the-art cardiac ultrasound machine, providing 2-D and M-Mode imaging as well as pulsed wave, continuous wave and color flow Doppler imaging is utilized. Reports are faxed to referring physicians on the same day of the procedure.
Exercise Tolerance Testing: A variety of exercise tolerance tests are administered at the Boulder Medical Center to evaluate the heart’s response to exercise. Exercise increases the oxygen demand on the heart by making it pump faster and move vigorously. Cardiovascular abnormalities not present at rest, such as ECG abnormalities, blood pressure alterations or rhythm disturbances are often elicited following exercise. Also, the amount of blood flow through the coronary arteries and muscular responses to exercise can be assessed by this technique. Stress echocardiograms determine the adequacy of blood flow to the heart muscle under rest and exercise conditions. Furthermore the function of the heart chambers, valves and muscle during exercise can also be ascertained by exercise tolerance testing.
Nuclear Medicine: Refers to a medicine (a pharmaceutical) that is attached to a small amount of radioactive material (a radioisotope). The combination is a called a radiopharmaceutical. The radiopharmaceutical used in cardiac imaging is commonly referred to as Sestamibi or its trade name, Cardiolite.
Cardiac Nuclear Medicine: Is imaging is used to evaluate the heart for the presence of coronary artery disease. It can also be used to assess for cardiomyopathy and the impact of chemotherapy on cardiac function. A cardiac nuclear scan involves small amounts of the radiopharmaceutical (Sestamibi or Cardiolite) that is injected into a vein to produce images of the heart. These images help specially trained and certified cardiologists assess blood supply to the heart muscle. Images are obtained at rest and after exercise on a treadmill. For those people not able to walk on a treadmill, a medication called regadenoson (Lexiscan) is given through an IV line that increases blood flow through the coronary arteries. Images of the myocardium (heart muscle) are obtained while the patient is lying under the camera in a process called single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). These images are able to identify molecular activity within the heart and offer the potential to identify coronary disease in its early stages as well as assess the response to therapeutic interventions.
Cardiac Catheterization: Cardiac Catheterization is an invasive procedure allowing the cardiologist to accurately and precisely evaluate the location and extent of blockages in the coronary arteries and to determine any cardiac muscle abnormalities or changes in valve function. Diagnostic catheterization studies are performed under local anesthetic and people usually go home the same day.