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Robotic Cardiac Surgery
Robotic Cardiac Surgery What is robotic cardiac surgery? Robotic cardiac surgery is a form of heart surgery done through very small incisions in the chest. With the use of tiny instruments and robotic devices, surgeons are able to do several types of heart surgery in a way that is much less invasive than other types of heart surgery. The procedure is sometimes called da Vinci surgery because that is the name of the manufacturer of the robot often used for this procedure. PCardio_20140403_v0_002 Robotic ...
Ultrafast CT Scan
Ultrafast CT Scan What is an ultrafast CT scan? An ultrafast CT scan is an imaging test that uses X-rays and a computer to look at your heart. The scan takes pictures very quickly. It gives your healthcare provider many details about your heart that other imaging tests can’t. Standard X-rays use a small amount of radiation to create images of your bones and internal organs. Standard X-rays are useful to help diagnose illness. But many details about internal organs and other structures can’t be seen. In ...
Right Heart Catheterization
Right Heart Catheterization What is right heart catheterization? Your doctor performs right-heart catheterization (cath) to determine how well your heart is pumping, and to measure the pressures in your heart and lungs. In a right-heart catheterization, your doctor guides a special catheter (a small, hollow tube) called a pulmonary artery (PA) catheter to the right side of your heart. He or she then passes the tube into your pulmonary artery. This is the main artery that carries blood to your lungs. You...
Right Heart Catheterization with Heart Tissue Biopsy
Right Heart Catheterization with Heart Tissue Biopsy What is a right heart catheterization with heart tissue biopsy? Right-heart catheterization (often abbreviated as ”right heart cath”) with heart tissue biopsy is a procedure in which your doctor takes tissue samples directly from your heart muscle. Your doctor does this procedure to see if your heart tissue is normal. In a right-heart cath, your doctor guides a special catheter (a small, thin tube), called a pulmonary artery (PA) catheter, into the ri...
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Heart
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Heart What is MRI of the heart? Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a test that uses a large magnet, radio signals, and a computer to make images of organs and tissue in the body. In this case, the heart is imaged. The MRI machine is large and tube-shaped. It creates a strong magnetic field around the body. Some MRI machines are more open. The magnetic field lines up the hydrogen protons in your body. The radio waves then knock the protons out of position. As they...
Magnetic Resonance Angiography
Magnetic Resonance Angiography What is magnetic resonance angiography? You’ve probably heard about the testing procedure called magnetic resonance imaging or MRI. In this test, radio waves, a magnetic field, and a computer create a scan of your body parts to look for health problems. Magnetic resonance angiography – also called a magnetic resonance angiogram or MRA – is a type of MRI that looks specifically at the body’s blood vessels. Unlike a traditional angiogram, which requires inserting a catheter ...
Endovenous Laser Varicose Vein Surgery
Endovenous Laser Varicose Vein Surgery What is endovenous laser varicose vein surgery? Endovenous laser varicose vein surgery is a procedure that uses heat from a laser to reduce varicose veins. Varicose veins are swollen, bulging veins that often happen on the thighs or calves. A laser is a device that sends a thin beam of radiation in the form of light. Laser surgery closes and shrinks the varicose vein and causes scar tissue within the vessel. This seals off the vein. Blood then flows through other n...
CT Scan of the Chest
CT Scan of the Chest What is a CT scan of the chest? CT scan is a type of imaging test. It uses X-ray and computer technology to make detailed pictures of the organs and structures inside your chest. These images are more detailed than regular X-rays. They can give more information about injuries or diseases of the chest organs. In a CT scan, an X-ray beam moves in a circle around your body. It takes many images, called slices, of the lungs and inside the chest. A computer processes these images and dis...
Computed Tomography Angiography
Computed Tomography Angiography What is computed tomography angiography? CT angiography is a type of medical exam that combines a CT scan with an injection of a special dye to produce pictures of blood vessels and tissues in a part of your body. The dye is injected through an intravenous (IV) line started in your arm or hand. A computerized tomography scan, or CT scan, is a type of X-ray that uses a computer to make cross-sectional images of your body. The dye injected to perform CT angiography is calle...
Chest X-Ray
Chest X-Ray What is a chest X-ray? A chest X-ray is an imaging test that uses X-rays to look at the structures and organs in your chest. It can help your healthcare provider see how well your lungs and heart are working. Certain heart problems can cause changes in your lungs. Certain diseases can cause changes in the structure of the heart or lungs. Chest X-rays can show your healthcare provider the size, shape, and location of the following: Heart Lungs Bronchi Aorta Pulmonary arteries Middle chest are...
Exercise Echocardiogram
Exercise Echocardiogram (Stress Echocardiogram, Exercise Echocardiography, Exercise Echo) What is an exercise echocardiogram? An echocardiogram is a noninvasive (the skin is not pierced) test used to see how well the heart is working. An exercise echocardiogram is done to assess the heart's response to stress or exercise and compare the results to when the heart is at rest. During the procedure, a transducer (like a microphone) sends out high-frequency sound waves. When the transducer is placed on the c...
Catheter Ablation
Catheter Ablation An arrhythmia is a problem with the rate or rhythm of your heartbeat. If you have an arrhythmia, your healthcare provider may recommend a procedure called catheter ablation. It can improve or even cure your condition. What is catheter ablation? This procedure guides a wire into your heart to destroy small areas of heart tissue that may be causing your abnormal heartbeat. Heat (radiofrequency) or cold energy (cryoablation) are the 2 most common ways to destroy abnormal heart tissue. It ...
Blood Test
Blood Test A blood test is a lab analysis of the elements in your blood. Regular blood tests might be ordered to keep track of how well you and your doctor are managing a condition such as diabetes or high cholesterol. They are also ordered during routine checkups and sick visits. Blood test are ordered by healthcare providers to help: Find out how well important organs such as your kidneys, liver, heart, or thyroid are working. Help diagnose diseases such as cancer, diabetes, coronary heart disease, an...