Health Information

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair

    Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair is a procedure used to treat an aneurysm (abnormal enlargement) of the abdominal aorta, which may be performed surgically through an open incision or in a minimally-invasive procedure called endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR).

  • Amputation Procedure

    Amputation is the surgical removal of a leg or arm, or a part of one - such as a toe, finger, foot, or hand - usually as a result of injury, disease, or infection.

  • Blood Test

    Your doctor might order a blood test to find out if you are sick, if your body is responding to an allergy, or if you are at risk for certain health conditions.

  • Cardiac Catheterization

    Cardiac catheterization is a procedure in which a catheter is moved through a blood vessel to the heart in order to better diagnose coronary heart disease, valvular heart disease, congestive heart failure and other heart conditions.

  • Carotid Artery Duplex Scan

    A carotid artery duplex scan is used to assess blockage or narrowing of the carotid arteries of the neck and/or the branches of the carotid artery.

  • Carotid Endarterectomy/Carotid Artery Stenting

    Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) may be performed to treat a blockage or narrowing of the carotid arteries, thus improving blood supply to the brain. Carotid artery angioplasty with stenting (CAS) is a procedure currently being used on selected patients who are at high risk for surgery.

  • Catheter Ablation

    Also known as a cardiac ablation or radiofrequency ablation, this procedure guides a tube into your heart to destroy small areas of heart tissue that may be causing your abnormal heartbeat.

  • Chest X-ray

    A chest X-ray is used to examine the chest and the lungs and other organs and structures located in the chest.

  • Computed Tomography Angiography (CTA)

    CT angiography is a type of medical exam that combines a CT scan with an injection of a special dye to produce pictures of blood vessels and tissues in a part of your body.

  • Computed Tomography (CT or CAT) Scan of the Chest

    CT/CAT scans are more detailed than standard x-rays and are often used to assess the organs of the respiratory and cardiovascular systems, and esophagus, for injuries, abnormalities, or disease.

  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (CABG)

    Coronary artery bypass surgery is performed to treat a blockage or narrowing of one or more of the coronary arteries, thus restoring the blood supply to the heart muscle.

  • Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram

    A dobutamine stress echocardiogram is a diagnostic procedure in which an intravenous medication called dobutamine is used when an exercise stress test is not recommended. Dobutamine mimics the effects of exercise on the heart.

  • Echocardiogram

    An echocardiogram is a procedure in which ultrasonic sound waves are used to assess the heart's function and structures.

  • Electrocardiogram

    An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is a simple and fast procedure that is used to evaluate the electrical activity of the heart, which is measured in "waves." Variations in the waves may indicate problems with the heart.

  • Electrophysiological Studies

    When a problem develops with the heart's rhythm, there may or may not be any symptoms. An electrophysiological study (EP study) is an invasive procedure that tests the heart's electrical system to determine the cause of the dysrhythmia.

  • Exercise Echocardiogram

    An exercise echocardiogram is a procedure in which ultrasound, or sound wave technology, is used to asses the heart's response to stress or exercise.

  • Exercise Electrocardiogram

    An exercise ECG is a simple and fast procedure that is used to evaluate the electrical activity of the heart's response to stress or exercise.

  • Femoral Popliteal Bypass Surgery

    Femoral popliteal (also called femoropopliteal) bypass surgery is a surgical procedure that may be used to treat severe blockage due to plaque in the femoral artery. The femoral and popliteal arteries are located in the legs.

  • Heart Transplantation Procedure

    A heart transplant is a surgical procedure performed to remove the diseased heart from a patient and replace it with a healthy one from an organ donor.

  • Heart Valve Repair or Replacement Surgery

    Heart valve repair or replacement surgery is a treatment option when the heart valves become damaged or diseased and do not function properly.

  • Holter Monitor

    When symptoms such as dizziness, fainting, low blood pressure, prolonged fatigue, and palpitations continue to occur without a definitive diagnosis obtained with a resting ECG, your physician may request an ECG tracing to be run over a long period of time, using a Holter monitor.

  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Insertion

    During this procedure, an electronic device is inserted into the chest to help regulate electrical problems with the heart by providing either anti-tachycardia pacing (ATP) or shock therapy to prevent sudden cardiac arrest.

  • Laser Varicose Vein Surgery

    Sometimes your veins can become swollen and bulging. These are called varicose veins.

  • Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA)

    Magnetic resonance angiography - also called a magnetic resonance angiogram or MRA - is a type of MRI that looks specifically at the body's blood vessels.

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Heart

    Detailed information on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the heart, including the reasons and preparation for the procedure, how the procedure is performed, and after care

  • Myocardial Perfusion Scan, Resting

    A resting myocardial perfusion scan in a procedure in which nuclear radiology is used to assess blood flow to the heart muscle and determine what areas have decreases blood flow.

  • Myocardial Perfusion Scan, Stress

    A stress myocardial perfusion scan is used to assess the blood flow to the heart muscle when it is stressed by exercise or medication and to determine what areas have decreased blood flow.

  • Pacemaker Insertion

    During a pacemaker insertio, a small electronic device is implanted in the chest (just below the collarbone) to help regulate electrical problems with the heart.

  • Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI), Coronary Angioplasty, and Stent Placement

    During percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA), a special catheter (long hollow tube) is inserted into coronary arteries that are blocked as a result of coronary artery disease (CAD), restoring arterial blood flow to the heart tissue without open-heart surgery.

  • Radionuclide Angiogram, Resting

    During this procedure, a small amount of radioactive substance is injected into the vein. Its progress through the heart is then traced with a special camera.

  • Radionuclide Angiogram, Resting and Exercise

    During this procedure, a small amount of radioactive substance is injected into the vein. Its progress through the heart is then traced with a special camera to evaluate heart function. Doing this during rest and exercise assists the physician in comparing the differences in heart activity.

  • Right Heart Catheterization

    A right heart catheterization is performed to determine how well the heart is pumping and to measure the pressures in the heart and lungs.

  • Right Heart Catheterization with Heart Tissue Biopsy

    Right heart catheterization with heart tissue biopsy is a procedure in which tissue samples are taken directly from the heart muscle. This procedure may be done in addition to a right heart cath to see if the heart tissue is normal.

  • Robotic Cardiac Surgery

    Robotic cardiac surgery is a form of heart surgery performed through tiny incisions in the chest. Thanks to the use of tiny instruments and robotic devices, surgeons are able to perform several types of heart surgery in a way that is much less invasive than other types of heart surgery.

  • Signal-Averaged Electrocardiogram

    During this procedure, the electrical activity of the heart is monitored over a period of several minutes in order to capture abnormal heartbeats which may occur only intermittently.

  • Tilt Table Procedure

    This is a diagnostic procedure often used to assess syncope (fainting) by creating changes in posture from lying to standing.

  • Transesophageal Echocardiogram

    A transesophageal echocardiogram uses sound wave (ultrasound) technology to examine heart function. By inserting a probe with a transducer down the esophagus rather than placing the transducer on the chest, physicians get a clearer image of the heart because the sound waves do not have to pass through skin, muscle, or bone tissue.

  • Ultrafast Computed Tomography (Ultrafast CT Scan)

    Ultrafast CT, or electron-beam computed tomography (EBCT) can take multiple images of the heart within the time of a single heartbeat, and can detect very small amounts of calcium within the heart and the coronary arteries.

  • Valvuloplasty

    During a valvuloplasty, a catheter is threaded through a vein to the heart where a balloon is used to open a stiff valve. Once opened, the balloon and catheter are removed.

  • Vascular Studies

    Vascular studies use ultrasound (sound wave) technology to assess the flow of blood in arteries and veins in the arms, legs, and neck.

  • Venogram

    A combination of contrast dye and X-rays are used to visualize the veins in the legs in order to diagnose deep vein thrombosis and other conditions.