NuHealth’s specialists in non-invasive cardiology are often the first to see new patients with apparent heart problems. Using a variety of sophisticated diagnostic imaging and laboratory tests at Nassau University Medical Center, we are able to identify abnormalities in the structure and function of the heart and blood vessels. Your physician may request, or we may recommend one or more of these procedures to provide the information needed to develop an appropriate treatment plan:
320-Slice Cardiac CT Angiography – A revolutionary new Cat scan that takes a 3D picture of your entire heart in one heartbeat. This simple, fast test allows doctors to find blockages in your blood vessels without inserting catheters into your heart and admitting you to the hospital. A small dose of IV contrast is administered to every patient, some may require IV heart rate medications to slow down the heart for a better picture. This method has been proven safe and effective.
Echocardiography – The Echocardiography lab at NUMC offers some of the most advanced technology with improved precision and accuracy of image analysis, and currently performs 6,000 exams each year. An echocardiogram is an ultrasound that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture 2D and 3D images of the heart in motion. This test provides information about the size and strength of the heart muscle and also helps diagnose heart valve abnormalities.
- Stress Echocardiogram – A stress echocardiogram is used to evaluate how your heart responds to exercise or increased activity. If you are unable to exercise, an IV drug called Dobutamine may be recommended to increase your heart rate to simulate the effects of exercise.
- Contrast Echocardiogram – A standard echocardiogram that also includes the injection of fine microbubbles to enhance the image quality and produce a clearer picture of the heart walls.
Nuclear Stress Testing – A special scanner that provides a uniquely detailed image of the blood flow in your heart after the injection of a radioactive isotope and detects blockages in your blood vessels. This test may be performed after exercise or with the use of IV medications.
Micro T-Wave Alternans – This test monitors your heartbeat while you walk on a treadmill to determine the risk of developing dangerous rhythm disturbances.
NuHealth’s Cardiac Care teams at Nassau University Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital are ready to provide treatment and coordinate your care with your primary physician.
For an appointment, please call (516) 296-4949.
Roman Zeltser, MD
Director of Cardiac Clinical Services