Comprehensive Cardiovascular Care
Heart conditions can range in severity. Cardiologists at Lakewood Physician Alliance have the knowledge and training needed to help diagnose your condition and develop an appropriate treatment plan.
Lakewood Physician Alliance – Cardiology offers both general and interventional cardiology procedures, including:
Cardiac catheterization is a procedure used to diagnose and treat a wide range of heart conditions. During this procedure, a catheter is inserted into a blood vessel that leads to the heart. The catheter is usually inserted through the groin or the arm.
This procedure can help identify coronary artery disease, congenital heart defects, pulmonary hypertension and many other conditions. During catheterization, physicians can repair certain types of heart defects, open a narrowed heart valve and perform an angioplasty to open blocked arteries in the heart.
Percutaneous Coronary and Peripheral Interventions
Percutaneous coronary intervention includes procedures that treat patients who have partially or completely restricted blood flow through an artery of the heart. Procedures include balloon angioplasty and stenting. Peripheral intervention involves restoring blood flow through blocked arteries in patients with peripheral artery disease.
Nuclear Stress Testing
A nuclear stress test is used to determine how well blood flows into the heart. The test produces images of the heart during exercise and at rest. During a nuclear stress test, the patient is injected with a harmless tracer that a special camera detects as it passes through the chambers of the heart.
The patient spends time exercising on a treadmill and then rests. The images of the heart during exercise and at rest are then compared, which can reveal coronary artery disease and other conditions.
An EKG is a noninvasive test that analyzes the electrical activity in your heart. This can determine if you have an irregular heartbeat, also known as arrhythmia.
Holter Monitors and event monitoring
Similar to an EKG, Holter monitors and event monitors are portable devices that can record your heart’s electrical activity as you perform everyday activities.
Ankle Brachial Index (ABI)
Ankle Brachial Index is a noninvasive procedure that helps determine if the arteries in your legs or arms are narrow or blocked, a cause of peripheral artery disease.
Pacemaker Implantation and Device Clinic
Pacemakers help your heart maintain a normal heart rate and rhythm so that it can pump blood and oxygen throughout your body.
Echocardiography and Vascular Ultrasound
Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves that are sent into your body with a device called a transducer. The transducer picks up the echoes of the sound waves as they bounce off different parts of your heart to form an image.
- An echocardiogram is a type of ultrasound that displays your heart’s size and shape, and helps determine how well your heart is working.
- Bilateral and unilateral arterial ultrasounds look for blockages in your arteries, the blood vessels that transport oxygenated blood your heart to the rest of your body.
- Bilateral and unilateral venous ultrasounds check for blockages in your veins, the blood vessels that bring oxygen-depleted blood to your heart so it can be pumped to your lungs.
- Other ultrasounds can look for blockages or problems in your carotid arteries, renal artery and aorta.