Echocardiography is also called an echo test. This test generates moving pictures of the heart using sound waves. An Echocardiogram helps evaluate various problems with the heart and its function. It gives information about the heart’s structure and blood flow non-invasively. This test is recommended if a: Patient has a heart murmur Patient has had…
The Cardiovascular Medical Group of Southern California has pioneered the introduction of revolutionary CT imaging technology in an outpatient setting. Our state-of-the-art 64-slice CT imaging system from GE Healthcare, the Light Speed VCT, offers a significant new way to perform diagnostic studies, including imaging the coronary arteries (CT angiography), without the need for invasive procedures or hospitalization.
Diagnosing Heart Disease With a Chest X-Ray A chest X-ray (also called chest film) uses a very small amount of radiation to produce an image of the heart, lungs, and chest bones on film. A physician may use a chest X-ray to: Look at the structures of the chest (bones, heart, lungs). Evaluate placement of…
An exercise treadmill stress test helps determine how well the heart responds to the increase in workload caused by exercise.
Exercise treadmill stress tests can help:
-Diagnose coronary artery disease (obstruction of the blood vessels that supply oxygen to the heart)
-Determine whether symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath or nausea are related to a heart problem
-Evaluate the risk of suffering a heart attack
-See if there has been an improvement in cardiac function after cardiac procedures
-Help determine a suitable exercise program
-Once on the treadmill, as the level of exercise gets more intense, the body requires more oxygen and the heart has to pump more blood. As the heart pumps more strongly, the heart muscle also needs more oxygen
The pacemaker clinic at CVMG follows nearly 4000 patients. Ongoing monitoring is an essential part of the care of patients with a pacemaker or a defibrillator.
A vascular ultrasound is a noninvasive ultrasound method (also called a duplex study) used to examine the circulation in the blood vessels of the body.
Vascular ultrasound can be used to evaluate arteries or veins in nearly any part of the body, including blood vessels in the neck, abdomen, arms and legs. Non- invasive means the procedure does not require the use of needles or anesthesia. Unlike other imaging tests, ultrasound does not require radiation or contrast dye.
An electrocardiogram, also called an EKG or ECG, is a simple test that detects and records the electrical activity of the heart. Many heart problems change the electrical signature of the heart in distinct ways. EKG recordings of this electrical activity can help reveal a number of heart problems
CVMG laboratory is CLIA-certified and is licensed by the State of California. Our technicians perform complex chemistry, coagulation, and hematology testing. Our draw-lab now features multiple rooms aimed to maximize your convenience and minimize your wait time. Among the more common tests that we perform are Lipid Panel Diabetes Screening and Management Thyroid Panel Anemia…