The fat and fat-like substances in the blood are called lipids and include both cholesterol and triglycerides. Cholesterol is present in every cell of your body. It is used to form cell membranes and part of some hormones.
Unfortunately, certain risk factors such as family history and gender cannot be changed. However, by modifying other risk factors, the odds of having a heart attack can be substantially reduced.
Peripheral vascular services are non-invasive examinations of arteries and veins using ultrasound or Doppler. Tests include carotid duplex, venous duplex and arterial Doppler.
Permanent pacemakers are placed for bradyarrhythmias (slow heart rates). Sometimes the pacemaker completely controls the heart rhythm, at other times it only serves as a backup for slow rates.
Cardiac catheterization, also known as a coronary angiogram, is an invasive diagnostic procedure that assesses the heart's arteries, valves, and contractility (squeezing strength of the heart muscle) as well as the pressures generated within the heart and lungs.
P.E.T. (Positron Emission Tomography) is one of the newest, most advanced methods for physicians to study the heart. Cardiology Physicians is the first in this region to offer this state-of-the-art technology.
There are four types of Nuclear Stress Tests: Exercise Cardiolite Stress Test, Adenosine Cardiolite Stress Test, Dobutamine Cardiolite Stress Test and Lexiscan Cardiolite Stress Test.