Our cardiology lab performs a variety of non-invasive procedures and heart tests in Queens to diagnose and treat cardiovascular conditions. The lab is staffed by a team of board-certified cardiologists, cardiac care nurses, nationally-certified sonographers, and medical imaging technicians, who work together closely to ensure that patients receive the most effective care possible.
CT Angiography and Calcium Scoring
Calcium scoring involves the use of a computed tomography (CT) angiogram to view your coronary arteries, allowing our specialists to check for calcium-containing plaque. This plaque can cause your arteries to narrow or become blocked, increasing your risk of experiencing a heart attack or other cardiovascular problems.
An electrocardiogram is a type of heart test most often performed to determine the cause of chest pain or other potential heart-related problems. This test uses small patches attached to the skin to record the electrical activity of your heart. This allows your doctors to evaluate the rhythm and strength of your heartbeat; changes in these factors may indicate a heart condition.
An echocardiogram is an ultrasound heart test that allows your medical care provider to view the flow of blood through the heart and its structures. There are several different types of echocardiography, including transthoracic echocardiography (the most common type of echocardiogram), transesophageal echocardiography (which uses a thin tube placed down your esophagus), exercise stress test echocardiography (which views how your heart functions under stress), and strain imaging echocardiography (which measures the length of heart muscle while expanding and contracting to detect mechanical abnormalities).
Stress tests can help our team determine how well your heart is able to function under physical stress. Aside from exercise stress test echocardiography, this test can be performed as a nuclear stress test, which involves the injection of a small amount of radioactive material to find areas of limited blood flow or damage to the heart.
Tilt Table Testing
Tilt table tests are typically performed to diagnose the cause of fainting. During a tilt table test, you’ll lie flat on a table that is moved to a vertical position for up to 45 minutes. A positive result means that a decrease in blood pressure has caused you to faint or become dizzy during the test; a negative result involves no symptoms or significant changes in blood pressure or heart rate.
A Holter monitor performs a similar function as an electrocardiogram, recording the electrical activity of your heart while you are away from the doctor’s office. An event monitor also functions in this way, but only when activated to record abnormal heart rhythms or other symptoms. Your medical care provider may direct you to wear a heart monitor if a resting electrocardiogram does not show a clear cause for symptoms such as palpitations, fatigue, dizziness, or nausea. It can also be used to verify the effectiveness of treatments you’re receiving for a heart condition.
Amyloid testing allows for the detection and diagnosis of cardiac amyloidosis, which occurs when deposits of the protein amyloid form in the heart. Amyloidosis can lead to a variety of medical problems, including congestive heart failure, arrhythmia, and valvular disease. Our team can perform several non-invasive or minimally-invasive diagnostic tests to detect amyloidosis.
Home Blood Pressure Assessment
If you monitor your blood pressure from home, our doctors can help you learn how to properly perform a home blood pressure assessment and review your results for signs of any potential cardiac problems.
We are proud to offer an environment that is patient-centered and that consistently provides quality cardiology care. Call our Queens cardiology center at (718) 206-7100 to make an appointment or learn more about our services.