• Diagnostic & Procedural Services

  • The Penrose-St. Francis Heart & Vascular Center performs diagnostic procedures to evaluate cardiovascular function and to identify structural abnormalities, including blockages or heart valve malformations to over 4000 patients annually.

    Clinical Cardiology

    Clinical cardiology is the diagnosis, management, and prevention of diseases of the heart and blood vessels. Colorado Springs Cardiology, A Centura Health Clinic provides a full range of non-invasive testing, guidance about prevention strategies and prescribe medications to help you control your condition.

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    Examination & Consultation

    A cardiac consultation is an opportunity for patients to speak one-on-one with their doctor about their individual cardiac issues, including current symptoms, personal risks and lifestyle habits that can contribute to these factors. A consultation may also be scheduled for patients who are undergoing surgery soon in order to fully discuss the details of the procedure and any preoperative preparations that may be needed. Consultations for second opinions are also welcome.|

    Stress Testing

    A stress echo is performed to see how your heart works while you exercise. An echocardiogram taken while you rest, you then exercise, and then another echo is done while your heart is beating fast or if you are unable to exercise, you are given medication (Dobutamine) via an intravenous (IV) needle in your arm which makes your heart react as if your body was exercising.

    Ambulatory Monitoring
    During Ambulatory Monitoring, an ambulatory electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) records the electrical activity of your heart while you do your usual activities. Ambulatory monitors are referred to by several names, including ambulatory electrocardiogram, ambulatory EKG, Holter monitoring, 24-hour EKG, or cardiac event monitoring. Many heart problems become noticeable only during activity, such as exercise, eating, sex, stress, bowel movements, or even sleeping. A continuous 24-hour recording is more likely to detect any abnormal heartbeats that occur during these activities.

    Echocardiography
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    his test uses ultra sound (sound waves) to study the structure of your heart and how the heart and valves are working. A probe is passed over your chest and heart which sends out and records these sound waves showing a moving image of your heart on a computer.

    Tilt Table Testing
    If you have episodes of fainting, a tilt table test is used to investigate if these could be related to your heart. You lie on a special table, which can be angled so you lie down or stand up and you will be attached to a heart and blood pressure monitor which record how your heart rate and blood pressure respond to changes in position. During the test you may have an intravenous needle in your arm so you can be given medication.

    Nuclear Cardiology
    A Cardiac Nuclear Scan, also known as Myocardial Perfusion Imaging, is a test that uses a radioactive substance, or radiopharmaceutical, to produce images of the blood flow to the heart muscle. When combined with stress testing, the scanning helps determine if areas of the heart are not receiving enough blood, which is especially useful in diagnosing blocked arteries. A cardiac nuclear scan may take three to four hours for the entire test, which includes preparation, a stress test, and imaging before and after the stress test. The radiation exposure during a Cardiac Nuclear Scan is small, and the doses used are safe. However, if you are pregnant, suspect you may be, or are a nursing mother, be sure to let your doctor know. The stress test is also safe, but because the heart is being stressed, there is a small amount of risk. Possible rare complications include abnormal heart rhythms or heart attack. Experienced personnel are available to handle any emergency. We proudly offer Cardiac Nuclear Scanning at Penrose Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center.

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