Cardiovascular System
» Procedures

woman sleepingCarolina Cardiology Associates offers a wide range of procedures to maintain, restore, and monitor the health of your cardiovascular system. From observing how you sleep to extensive diagnostic testing, our physicians employ the industry’s best technology. Read more about our procedures below, and check out the informational videos for an inside look at what our staff specializes in.

EKG (Electrocardiogram)

This procedure records the electrical activity of your heart while you aren’t exercising.

Sleep Studies


Sleep studies use a comprehensive, modern approach to evaluate, diagnose, treat and support sleep related abnormalities.

Echocardiogram


Echocardiograms display an ultrasound image of your heart on a TV monitor to examine how your hard is working and uncover any problems non-invasively.

Treadmill EKG

An EKG records your heart’s electrical activity during exercise, also commonly called a “stress test”. This is used mostly in middle aged and senior individuals, but can be recommended at any age. The EKG tests your overall heart health and is used to guide decisions regarding diet and activity level changes, and to detect heart problems at an early stage.

Treadmill Stress Echo

This test combines the echocardiogram with the treadmill stress test to display ultrasound images of the heart on a TV monitor during exercise. This test provides a thorough analysis of the heart’s activity and can save the patient time at their appointment.

Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)

Like an echocardiogram, but more advanced, the TEE displays ultrasound images obtained from within your chest, behind your heart.

Holter and Event Recording


This procedure records your heart’s electrical activity over a period of days or weeks. It is used to discover the reason for a problem with your heart and find out if it’s caused by a particular activity, diet, or stress to your body.

CT Scan Angiogram of the Heart


The 64-Slice CT is a non-invasive dye test to detect cholesterol blockage in the heart and other blood vessels, creating a safer alternative to invasive catheterization.

Exercise Myoview Stress Test

This advanced scan allows visualization of your heart muscle during exercise with the assistance of a nuclear “tracer.”

Muga Scan

This scan uses a nuclear “tracer” to measure your resting heart function.

Peripheral Vascular Ultrasound

Similar to other types of ultrasounds, this one focuses on the circulation of the legs, including the arteries and veins, displaying images of your blood vessels on a TV monitor.

Cardiac Catheterization

This novel technique is now done using the wrist as radial heart catheterization to visualize blood flow through the arteries of the heart.

Coronary Stents/Angioplasty

A nonsurgical treatment using a balloon type catheter, Coronary Stents are permanently implanted metal coils or mesh implanted during balloon angioplasty to maintain blood flow through blocked coronary arteries. These are permanently implanted metal coils or mesh implanted during balloon angioplasty to maintain blood flow through blocked coronary arteries.

Pacemaker

The pacemaker was first used a heart assistive device in the early 1990s, but pacemaker technology has come a long way since then. It’s an electrical device containing a computer chip and battery that is surgically implanted beneath the skin to monitor the heart rhythm and when necessary, to stimulate the heart to beat.

AICD

AICD is an automated internal cardioverter defibrillator used when necessary to provide stimulation to give a beat to the heart if needed. It can “shock” individuals out of fatal heart rhythms before they collapse.

Tilt Table

The tilt table is a device used in a test to determine the cause of passing out or fainting spells.

Electrophysiologic Study

This study is an observation that provides accurate and detailed information about the heart’s electrical function.

Carotid Angiography/Stenting

Another type of dye test, it utilizes blood flow to the brain. Carotid Stents are alternative means of restoring blood flow to the brain when surgery cannot be performed. Carotid Stenting involves implanting Nitinol Stents to restore blood flow through blocked arteries to the brain.

Peripheral Intervention/Angiography

In this procedure, dye is injected to create contrast, which assists in visualization circulation to legs and arms. During peripheral intervention, stents are implanted in the arteries of arms, legs and kidneys to improve circulation.

Aortic Aneurysm Repair

Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair treats enlargement of the aorta through the groin, instead of open abdominal surgery with Aortic Aneurysm Repair. This alternative technique significantly reduces complications that are seen with open repair.

Varicose Veins/Ablation Therapy


Evaluation of varicose veins as well as swelling in the legs using specialized ultrasound techniques.

Adenoscan Myoview Stress Test

A unique type of stress test, it utilizes a nuclear “tracer” with a drug-induced stress test to visualize your heart muscle.

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