DIAGNOSTIC TESTING

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Our facilities in Orange County, CA are meticulously designed with state-of-the-art equipment and instruments and include a wide range of non-invasive cardiovascular capabilities. The experienced cardiologists on staff use nothing but the latest technology to detect heart disease and discover potential problems in order to arrive at the perfect solutions and begin treatment as soon as possible.

 
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Electrocardiograms (EKG)

A simple, noninvasive, painless and quick test that measures the electrical activity of the heart.

 
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Echocardiograms

What is an Echocardiogram?

An echocardiogram is a non-invasive ultrasound of the heart. It is used to examine the heart and to evaluate; overall function, chambers, valves, abnormalities of the structure of the heart and to check for fluid around the heart.

Test Instructions:

1. Non-English speaking patients are encouraged to bring a translator to their procedure.

2. Wear comfortable clothing that can be removed from the waist up.

3. Please check in 10 minutes prior to appointment.

4. Please cancel your appointment AT LEAST 48 HOURS in advance if necessary.

5. Allow 30-45 minutes for exam.

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Stress echocardiograms

An indirect, noninvasive procedure utilizing ultrasound and treadmill to determine if there is significant blockage in the arteries that supply the heart muscle.

 
 Pacemaker interrogation

Pacemaker interrogation

A wand is placed over the chest that communicates with a programmer and a patient’s pacemaker or defibrillator. Modifications to the pacemaker or defibrillators settings as well as information regarding battery life are obtained.

 
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Holter & Event monitors

A small, wearable device worn anywhere from 24 hours to 1 month that records all heart beats during the period the device is worn.

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Vascular ultrasound imaging

A noninvasive ultrasound used to examine circulation of the blood vessels in the body.

 
 Nuclear stress testing

Nuclear stress testing

A nuclear stress test, also known as Myocardial Perfusion Imaging, measures blood flow to your heart muscle both at rest and during stress of the heart. The nuclear stress test involves taking two sets of images of your heart; one set after an exercise or pharmalogical stress test and another set while you are at rest. The two images are compared to see if there is a change in blood flow to the heart muscle.

Patient instructions:

1. No food for (4) hours prior to the test.

2. No caffeine or decaffeinated drinks for (12) hours prior to the test (No coffee, tea, sodas, chocolates, OTC medication that contains caffeine ex. Excedrin).

3. Do not take the following medications:

· Beta Blockers for 24 hours: EX: Atenolol, carvedilol, metoprolol

· Calcium Channel Blockers for 24 hours: Calan, Cardizem, Verapamil, Tiazac, Isoptin

4. Please bring your medication with you so you can take them after your test. If you use an inhaler please bring it with you.

5. Wear lightweight, comfortable clothing suitable for exercising. Please wear closed toed shoes suitable for walking. No flip flops, sandals, dress shoes, dresses or pantyhose.

6. Please bring something to eat. It is necessary after the stress portion of testing.

7. This test will not be performed if you are pregnant. If you are nursing, you will be given specific instructions following your test. Please notify doctor and staff if you are pregnant or nursing.


 Treadmill exercise stress testing

Treadmill exercise stress testing

To evaluate your cardiovascular status, your physician has ordered a treadmill stress test. You will be asked to walk on a treadmill until you have reached a “target” heart rate which is based on your age and ability. During the treadmill stress test, you will be continuously monitored for blood pressure, heart rate and EKG changes. The entire test is comprised of three parts; preparation, exercise and recovery period. The exercise portion of the test usually lasts for 5-10 minutes; however, you should allow about an hour for the entire test.

Patient Instructions:

1. Do not eat for 3 hours prior to test. Water is permitted.

2. No caffeine for (4) hours prior to test.

3. Diabetic patients should have a light meal 2 hours prior to test.

4. If you use an inhaler please bring with you the day of your test.

5. Please take your regular medications, unless otherwise instructed.

6. Please avoid using body lotion, oils or powders on your chest area.

7. Wear comfortable clothing suitable for exercise. No one piece outfits. Please wear tennis shoes.

Flip flops, sandals and high heals are not permitted.

8. Please check in 10 minutes prior to your appointment time.

9. It is required that you sign an informed consent prior to the test. The consent describes the risk and benefits of the test.

 

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2621 S. Bristol St., #108
Santa Ana, CA 92704
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12665 Garden Grove Blvd., #203
Garden Grove, CA 92843
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We accept most insurance and all forms of payments.

 

Clinical Research

In clinic and hospital settings, research trials are performed with patients who generously give physicians, and those in the cardiovascular research and healthcare industry, the opportunity to further study cardiovascular disease. The cardiologists at Coastal Heart Medical Group have been active in research for over 20 years, advancing new prevention and treatment options for our patients. These studies are vital and allow us to provide innovative treatments to our patients who are involved in these investigative trials. We are grateful to our patients who take part in them.

Why do we participate in clinical trials?

Our physicians believe that by studying new medications and treatment options for cardiovascular disease, they will be able to offer progressive medical care to their patients.

What criteria must the patient meet to participate in a trial?

Each clinical study has specific criteria which the patient must meet. These guidelines relate to the patient’s condition and determine whether he/she is qualified to participate. If considering whether to participate in a study or not, it is best to speak with your physician about any concerns or questions you may have.

If you have a heart-related condition and would like to participate in a trial, speak with your Coastal Heart Medical Group cardiologist first.