Diagnostic Testing

At Twin Lakes Heart Center, we understand that accurate and swift diagnoses are key when it comes to time-sensitive conditions. Our team offers on-site imaging and lab diagnostic testing for a wide range of cardiovascular and vein conditions.

These tests help us obtain valuable information about the current state of your heart health. Depending on the results, your doctor will continue with further examinations or develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

By reducing the need to visit external facilities, you will be able to begin a treatment plan promptly, minimizing the risk of complications. 

Electrocardiogram (EKG)

Electrocardiograms help assess your heart’s electrical pulses and activity to detect any potential issues early on. These tests also help check for your heart’s stability before any surgical procedure is performed. 

An electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG) reads the electrical activity of your heart to detect any potential health issues regarding its rhythm and strength.

During your diagnostic testing consultation at Twin Lakes Heart Center, we will place temporary electrodes in your chest and limbs to monitor your heart’s activity properly.

Holter Monitor

While an ECG offers a focused view of the heart's electrical activity at a specific moment, a Holter monitor provides a more comprehensive, continuous assessment over an extended period. 

A Holter monitor is a portable device used to continuously monitor and record the electrical activity of the heart over 24 to 48 hours. This non-invasive diagnostic tool is invaluable in capturing data about your heart's rhythm during your everyday activities.

If an ECG reveals abnormal findings or if a patient experiences symptoms that are not captured during a brief ECG, you may be recommended the use of a Holter monitor for a more in-depth evaluation. 

Echocardiogram (ECHO)

An echocardiogram visualizes your heart’s valves with the help of an ultrasound device. It helps monitor the heart’s pumping activity and is used to detect various kinds of heart diseases, including:

  • Congenital heart disease
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Infective Endocarditis
  • Malfunction of the heart valves

Carotid Duplex Scans

Carotid duplex scans are non-invasive diagnostic imaging tests used to assess the blood flow in the carotid arteries, which are major blood vessels located in the neck. These arteries supply oxygenated blood to the brain. 

The primary purpose of a Carotid Duplex Scan is to detect and evaluate the presence of arterial disease in the carotid arteries. The scan assesses the speed and direction of blood flow in the carotid arteries, helping healthcare professionals identify any abnormalities that may compromise blood flow to the brain.

These scans can help detect conditions such as atherosclerosis, stenosis (narrowing of the arteries), or plaque buildup.

During the procedure, high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) are transmitted through a handheld device called a transducer. The duplex scan combines two types of ultrasound - Doppler and B-mode - to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the carotid arteries.

The Doppler effect detects the change in frequency of the ultrasound waves as they bounce off moving blood cells. On the other hand, B-mode imaging creates a real-time, two-dimensional image of the carotid arteries to help visualize the structure of the arteries and any potential abnormalities.

Abdominal Aorta Ultrasound

An abdominal aorta ultrasound is a non-invasive diagnostic imaging test used to assess the health and condition of the abdominal aorta, the largest artery in the abdominal cavity. This ultrasound provides valuable information about blood flow, potential blockages, and the overall structure of the abdominal aorta.

This test helps detect and evaluate abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA). An aneurysm is a localized bulge or enlargement of the artery, which, if left untreated, can lead to serious complications. The test also assesses the blood flow within the abdominal aorta and identifies any abnormalities, such as narrowing or blockages.

Venous Doppler and Ultrasound

The Venous Doppler and Ultrasound is a non-invasive diagnostic imaging test used to assess the blood flow in veins, primarily in the legs. This comprehensive ultrasound examination combines traditional ultrasound imaging with Doppler technology to provide detailed insights into the venous system.

The test helps detect and evaluate venous insufficiency, a condition where blood flow in the veins is compromised, leading to symptoms such as swelling, pain, and varicose veins. It identifies the presence of blood clots (deep vein thrombosis or DVT) in the veins, which can have serious health implications if left untreated.

ABI (Ankle Brachial Index)

An Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) is a non-invasive diagnostic test used to evaluate the circulation in the lower limbs by comparing blood pressure measurements in the ankles and arms. This test is a crucial tool in assessing the presence of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) and determining the severity of any obstructions in blood flow.

ABI values are interpreted as follows:

  • Normal ABI (0.90 to 1.30)
  • Borderline ABI (0.71 to 0.90)
  • Abnormal/Low ABI (<0.70)

The test helps detect peripheral arterial disease, a condition characterized by narrowed or blocked arteries in the legs. PAD is often caused by atherosclerosis.

Stress Tests

A stress test, also known as an exercise stress test or treadmill test, is a diagnostic procedure used to assess how well the heart performs under stress or increased workload. Stress tests monitor your overall heart health, including its electrical activity, artery blockage, and blood flow state. 

We do not conduct stress tests at our clinic currently. If stress tests are recommended for you, they will be performed at an off-site diagnostic center.

Access Quality Cardiovascular Care in Florida

Relying on Twin Lakes Heart Center means trusting over three decades of cardiovascular care expertise. 

We are committed to offering the best in cardiovascular and vein care in Florida through a preventative, patient-centered approach. For same-day appointments or inquiries, please get in touch with us through our contact form or call us at 561-241-4210

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