MEDICAL TESTING

Exercise Prescription


A specific prescription for physical activity that distinguishes a specific heart rate zone and parameters for safe and optimal activity. An exercise prescription may be written to be general parameters or medically precise.




Electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG)


A noninvasive evaluation of the electrical activity of the heart.




Cardiopulmonary Stress Test


A noninvasive submaximal stress test that accesses the efficiency and correlation of all components of the breathing systems and accesses the likely source and severity of shortness of breath and other potential underlying conditions. PLEASE SEE: Day of Testing Information at the bottom of this page.




Exercise Treadmill Stress Test


A submaximal stress test evaluating how your heart responds to an increase in heart rate. Includes EKG and blood pressure monitoring while you walk on a treadmill. PLEASE SEE: Day of Testing Information at the bottom of this page.




Nuclear Stress Test


A test that utilizes small, radioactive substances to define the condition of the heart and the blood flow at rest and as a result of exertion. Includes imaging of the heart and its vessels. There are two types of Nuclear Stress Tests: A.) Nuclear Exercise Cardiolite: A portion of the test includes moving on a treadmill to increase your heart rate. B.) Nuclear Lexiscan Cardiolite: A portion of the test includes receiving medication that increases your heart rate as if you were exercising . PLEASE SEE: Day of Testing Information at the bottom of the page.




2D Echocardiogram


A noninvasive test using ultrasound “sound” wave to assess the heart's chambers, valves, and other structures as well as determine cardiac function. NO radiation exposure. PLEASE SEE: 2D Echocardiogram Day of Testing Instructions at the bottom of this page.




Stress Echocardiogram


An echocardiogram performed immediately following a stress test to provide imaging of the heart function while under stress. PLEASE SEE: Day of Testing Information at the bottom of this page.




Carotid Dopplar


A noninvasive test using sound waves to identify atherosclerotic plaque and allowing visualization of the arteries in your neck for narrowing “stenosis”, both of which could cause a stroke or transient ischemic attack “TIA”. PLEASE SEE: Day of Testing Information at the bottom of this page.




Carotid Intimal Medial Thickness (CIMT)


A noninvasive technique using ultrasound to detect and quantify vascular disease and cardiovascular risk before any symptoms occur. Increased thickness may indicate the need for a more aggressive approach to managing risk factors associated with heart disease and stroke. PLEASE SEE: Day of Testing Information at the bottom of this page.




Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)


A procedure that uses ultrasound to produce detailed imaging of your heart and its vessels. Unlike a standard Echocardiogram, a TEE utilizes a thin tube that passes through your mouth and into your esophagus, resulting in much clearer images. PLEASE SEE: Day of Testing Information at the bottom of this page.




Abdominal Aortic Ultrasound


A noninvasive ultrasound of the abdominal aorta that diagnoses an enlarged aorta, also known as an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. As the aneurysm gets larger, the risk of rupture, and subsequent fatality, increases. PLEASE SEE: Day of Testing Instructions at the bottom of the page.




Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI)


A noninvasive analysis of the blood pressures in your all extremities that allows your physician to determine if your body is getting the proper amount of blood supply through-out while determining the possibility of narrowing within the arteries. See Ankle-Brachial Index Instructions at the bottom of this page.




Heart Rate Monitoring


A personal monitoring device that measures one’s heart rate in real time and graphs it over time and activity.




Holter Heart Monitor


A 24-Hour monitoring device that records the electrical activity of the heart.




Event Heart Monitor


A 3-4 week monitoring device that records and wirelessly transmits the electrical activity of the heart.




Cardiac Catheterization & Angiogram


A medical procedure that diagnoses arterial narrowing’s and blockages within the heart. During cardiac catheterization, a long thin tube (catheter) is inserted in an artery or vein in your groin, neck or arm and threaded through your blood vessels to your heart for imaging. PLEASE SEE: Cardiac Catheterization day of testing instructions at the bottom of this page.




Electrical Cardioversion


A medical procedure that restores regular rhythm to an irregular or too fast heart rate pattern via electrical shock. PLEASE SEE: Day of Testing Information at the bottom of this page.




HS C-RP (high-sensitivity C-reactive protein)


A blood lab test that can determine a person’s risk for heart disease. Many consider a high CRP level to be a risk factor for heart disease. PLEASE SEE: "LABS" Day of Testing Information at the bottom of this page.




Home Sleep Study


An at-home sleep analysis that accesses whether you experience moments of decreased oxygen intake throughout the night and diagnoses sleep apnea and its severity.




Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis


A noninvasive assessment of body composition (fat-mass and fat-free mass) assessed by the Omron Monitor and Scale that sends an extremely weak electrical current (50 kHz) through the body to determine the amount of water in each tissue. You do not notice or feel the current.




Skinfold Analysis


An assessment of body composition (fat-mass and fat-free mass) by pinching and measuring the skinfold thickness. High levels of fat in adulthood have been linked to diseases such as coronary artery disease, type II diabetes, arteriosclerosis and hypertension.




Renal Artery Doppler


Ultrasound (imaging) of the arteries that carry blood to the kidneys. PLEASE SEE: Day of Testing Information at the bottom of this page.




Venous Doppler


Ultrasound (imaging) of the veins in the extremities. Diagnoses DVT and venous insufficiency. PLEASE SEE: Day of Testing Information at the bottom of this page.




Arterial Duplex


Ultrasound (imaging) of the major arteries in the arms, legs and neck. It additionally captures images of the movement of blood through your arteries. PLEASE SEE: Day of Testing Instructions at the bottom of this page.




External Counter Pulsation Therapy (ECP)


External Counter Pulsation Therapy (ECP), is a non-invasive procedure that may reduce the symptoms of chronic angina byb stimulating the formation of small branches of blood vessels, which then circumvent the blocked arteries. Air is pumped into a series of cuffs that are attached to your lower body, the cuffs compress the lower extremities simultaneously following the rhythm of your heartbeat. This increases the blood flow back toward the heart, and decreases the amount of work your heart must perform. ECP is additionally used for many other health benefits, including athletic recovery and improved performance in elite athletes, and eliminating toxins stored within the body.




Tilt Table Test


A Tilt Table Test is performed to access unknown reasons for feeling faint or lightheaded. During the test you lie on a table that is slowly tilted upward, you are monitored the entire time to access for changes in response to the force of gravity. This test is performed at an associated hospital location. PLEASE SEE: Day of Testing Information at the bottom of this page.





Here at Morris Cardiovascular we offer an expansive array of medical testing and prevention screening options. Inquire below or call our office if you are interested in learning more about any of the below procedures or one that is not listed.

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