Capital Heart Associates
  The physicians of Capital Heart Associates are board certified in cardiology and interventional cardiology. They have staff privileges at Rex Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital and WakeMed Cary Hospital. Our close association with each of these fine area facilities ensures the latest technology and treatment options available for our patients.

Services List
A non-invasive diagnostic procedure in which ultrasonic waves are used to create a two-dimensional view of the heart. Structures within the heart can be easily evaluated with this procedure. Flow of blood within the heart and across valves can also be evaluated.

Stress Echocardiogram
Compares the heartís function during exercise to its function at rest, and is used to more accurately determine the presence or absence of blockages within the heart arteries. Patient may walk on the treadmill or, if unable to walk, they will have a chemical stress test. Capital Heart Associates, PA was granted accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL) in June, 2003. Our laboratory is one of the first one thousand echocardiography laboratories in the United States , Canada and Puerto Rico to be recognized for its commitment to high quality patient care and its provision of quality diagnostic testing. The accreditation status signifies that Capital Heart Associates, PA has been reviewed by an independent agency which recognizes our laboratory's commitment to quality testing for the diagnosis of heart disease.

Transesophageal Echocardiogram
Cardiac structures are more clearly visualized by echocardiogram using a probe within the esophagus directly behind the heart.

Nuclear Cardiac Imaging
This procedure is done in the office using a nuclear imaging agent to evaluate for blockages in coronary arteries and is usually combined with a treadmill or chemical stress test.

A diagnostic test that studies the heartís electrical activity to screen for possible abnormalities in the heartís blood circulation, rhythm or muscle.

Treadmill EKG
A diagnostic EKG procedure designed to test the heart during physical exercise. The treadmill test more accurately diagnoses the presence or severity of blockages in arteries leading to the heart. Not only is it a screening procedure, it can gauge the effectiveness of treatment programs. In the appropriate clinical setting, nuclear imaging and echocardiography can be combined with the Treadmill EKG for more accurate diagnostic information.

Cardiac Catheterization
A diagnostic procedure that delineates the severity of a patientís heart disease. This information allows the physician to design a specific treatment program. Cardiac catheterization involves gathering hemodynamic data from within the heart as well as injecting contrast dye to produce x-ray images of the heart and heart arteries.

Coronary Stenting
A treatment in which a thin metal coil is permanently placed in the blocked artery at the time of angioplasty. The coronary stent supports the artery, keeping it open and preventing collapse after angioplasty.

Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) improves blood flow through blocked coronary arteries. During this procedure, a catheter is inserted into the artery. A tiny balloon on the catheterís tip is inflated at the point of blockage to compress the blockage and open the artery.

Peripheral Angiogram
A diagnostic procedure designed to evaluate and treat peripheral vascular disease. Symptoms may include leg pain and/or refractory high blood pressure caused by arterial blockages.

The use of a tiny cutting device inserted through the catheter into the coronary artery to remove plaque build-up that may block blood flow through the artery.

ABI or Ankle Brachial Index
A non-invasive diagnostic procedure which compares arm (brachial artery) blood pressure to leg blood pressure to evaluate for peripheral vascular disease.

Event Monitoring and Holter Recording
A heart rhythm monitor used at home by patients to evaluate palpitations, dizziness, chest pain, and other intermittent symptoms, or to judge effectiveness of treatment. Event recording is often used to diagnose infrequent heart rhythms.

In House Pacemaker Checks
Appointments for single and dual lead pacemaker checks with most pacemaker companies (Medtronic, Boston Scientific) are available at our office.