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Nuclear Cardiology Services:


The Consulting Cardiologists Glastonbury & Avon offices perform nuclear stress testing procedures.  We are an IAC accredited facility with seven board certified nuclear cardiologists. Patients who have testing done at our offices will find a friendly educated staff who make them feel at ease during their test.


What is a nuclear stress test?

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A nuclear stress test is a stress test that lets doctors see pictures of your heart while you are resting and after you
have exercised.The test can show the size of the heart's chambers, how well the heart is pumping blood, and whether the heart has any damaged or dead muscle.  Nuclear stress tests can also give doctors information about your arteries and whether they might be narrowed or blocked because of coronary artery disease.

What will happen during the test?

During a nuclear stress test, first you will be injected with a radioactive tracer in the vein of your arm or hand.  This is taken up by the heart muscle through the coronary arteries in proportion to the blood flow to it.  This material should not affect you in any way.It is then necessary that you wait between 30 and 60 minutes for the tracer to circulate to the heart.  You will then lie on a special exam table and a Nuclear SPECT (single-photon emission computerized tomography) camera will obtain the rest images of your heart.  This takes approximately 15 minutes.  It is necessary that your arms be placed above your head during the cardiac stress test.

Next, you will be moved to a stress room to continue your study.  You and your doctor will have previously determined whether you will have an "exercise" stress test or a "pharmacologic" stress test.  If you are unable to exercise adequately, you may be given a medication through your IV that increases blood flow to your heart muscle- simulating what exercise does- for the test. Depending on which medication is used, possible side effects may be similar to those caused by exercise, such as flushing or shortness of breath.

If your're exercising, you will likely begin walking on the treadmill slowly.  As the test progresses, the speed and incline of the treadmill increase.  You can use the railing on the treadmill for balance, but don't hang on tightly, as this may skew the results of the test.  On a stationary bike, the resistance increases as the test progresses, making it harder to pedal.  You continue exercising as long as possible, until you develop symptoms that don't allow you to continue or the provider stops the test.  

You will then be instructed as to when a second set of images will be made of your heart.  This can range anywhere from 15 minutes after exercise to 3 hours after exercise. The second set of images will take approximately 15 minutes.

When both sets of images are completed, your cardiologist will have a view of your heart at both rest and stress.  Even though it may be hours after exercise for your "stress" images, the isotope entered your heart at maximum stress and will remain there until images are completed. 

This test is performed in our Glastonbury and Avon offices in our accredited laboratories. 

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Nuclear stress test


Echocardiography (ECHO):

Echocardiography uses sound waves to produce an image of the heart and to see how it is functioning. Doctors can learn about the size, shape and movement of your heart muscle, how the heart valves are working, how blood is flowing through your heart and how your arteries are functioning.

No special preparation is needed before you have an echocardiogram. 

During the test, you will lie on an examination table. The technician will put a thick gel on your chest that may feel cold, but it does not harm your skin.  Then, the technician will use the transducer to send and receive the sound waves.  The transducer will be placed directly on the left side of your chest, over your heart.  The technician will press firmly as he or she moves the transducer across your chest.  You may be asked to breathe in or out or to briefly hold your breath during the test.  An echocardiogram may take up to 45 minutes to perform.  You should not haveany pain or discomfort during the test.

This test is performed in our Hartford, Glastonbury, Avon, Windsor and Manchester offices in our accredited laboratories.


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Pacemaker Clinic:

The follow-up of pacemakers over the telephone is performed in a regular and convenient fashion to determine that the device is both functioning appropriately and has adequate battery reserve.


 


Peripheral Arterial Disease and ABI Testing:

Peripheral arterial disease (P.A.D) occurs when there is a buildup of cholesterol and plaque in the arteries of the lower extremities, causing decreased blood flow to the legs and feet. Signs and symptoms of peripheral arterial disease may include pain in the legs during walking that is relieved by rest, pain during rest, wounds on the legs that are difficult to heal, or color changes in the skin. The groups most as risk for P.A.D include men and women over the age of 70. Those over the age of 50 who have a history of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or smoking are also at an increased risk.

The first test for P.A.D. is often a non-invasive screening method called an Ankle-Brachial Index, or an ABI. This test detects blockages in the legs by measuring segmental blood pressure measurements in the arms and the legs and comparing them. During the test blood pressure cuffs on the arms and legs are inflated for short periods of time while the patient is lying still on an exam table. Sometimes the test also involves light exercise, such as walking on a treadmill or performing toe raises for a short period of time. Patients should wear comfortable clothing, including shorts and sneakers. They also should not use any tobacco products 30 minutes prior to arriving at the office for their test.

This test is performed in our Glastonbury office in our accredited laboratories.

P.A.D. Examination Brochure


 


Pacemaker Clinic:

Follow-up is an essential aspect of the cardiovascular care of those with pacemakers.  We utilize the latest technology of both office-based and remote monitoring to ensure that your pacemaker is both functioning appropriately and has adequate battery reserve.