Whether you were born with a heart condition or were recently found to have, or be at risk for, a form of heart disease, we help you achieve and maintain a level of exercise that is right for you. Our comprehensive assessments, advanced diagnostic testing, and coordination with a full range of cardiologists help you manage your disease while safely maintaining your activity and optimizing your performance. Depending on your individual needs and circumstances, your evaluation may include one or more of the following tests:
Blood tests measure your cholesterol profile, which includes triglycerides and other fats in your blood that can affect your heart. Your glucose levels and hemoglobin A1c may be checked for indications of diabetes or pre-diabetes. Thyroid function and other tests look for associated endocrine issues. Special testing for inflammation markers such as C-reactive protein may also be part of a cardiovascular workup.
Small electrodes are placed on your skin to record your heart’s electrical impulses. The tracings may help identify risk for or prior heart muscle damage.
An ultrasound probe is moved over the surface of your chest to capture moving images of your heart. This allows us to determine your heart’s chamber dimensions, shape, valve structures, and overall function.
This type of echocardiogram is performed while you walk on a treadmill or ride a bike, or when a chemical is used to stimulate your heart. A stress echocardiogram is used to monitor changes in your heart’s function while it’s under stress that may indicate coronary artery disease.
Radio waves, magnets, and a computer create still and moving images of your heart, heart muscle, blood vessels, and surrounding structures.
Nuclear Cardiac Testing
Radioactive dye is used during imaging to create pictures of blood flow through your heart. This test may be done at rest or with exercise.
Our genetic counselors conduct comprehensive screening to detect congenital heart conditions (conditions a person is born with) that may first show signs in athletes as young as high school, and through middle age. In addition, there are now several genetic tests that can help predict your maximal performance capacity and potential for your particular activity or sport.