Cardiac Diagnostics & Imaging
Cardiac diagnostics and imaging help our cardiovascular experts understand your heart and create the best treatment plan to optimize your heart health.
Advanced Heart Technology & Expertise
While cardiologists may perform some tests in their office, they may refer you for more advanced imaging. We use advanced technology to make and analyze sophisticated images of the heart.
The cardiac imaging and diagnostics team supports your team of heart care specialists in understanding what is causing symptoms. Imaging is also often needed to monitor your heart to see if medicines and other treatments are working.
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Types of Diagnostics & Cardiac Imaging
Our cardiovascular experts use a combination of tests to make the most accurate diagnosis. Some cardiac diagnostic tests are performed in the office by your cardiologist or by a lab. To provide you with the most accurate diagnosis, your doctor may refer you to a specialized cardiac diagnostic center for these types of imaging and tests:
- Calcium CT scoring (heart screening)
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Stress tests and stress tests with imaging
- Cardiac CT & Cardiac CT with FFR (HeartFlow)
- Cardiac MRI
- Nuclear imaging/SPECT study
- Cardiac catheterization
Calcium CT scoring
Calcium CT scoring is a non-invasive test that detects calcified plaque in the coronary arteries and rates a person’s risk level for heart attack or coronary artery disease. This test is performed through our Know Your Heart Screening program.
An electrocardiogram (EKG) is a painless test commonly used to monitor electrical signals in the heart. An EKG can help detect irregular heart rhythms, blocked or narrowed arteries or learn whether someone has had a heart attack. It can also indicate whether treatments are working. We typically conduct EKGs with a Holter Monitor, a portable device worn on the chest.
An echocardiogram — or echo — is a non-invasive ultrasound that sends high-frequency soundwaves to create images of the heart. It helps your doctors analyze both the heart structures and blood flow within. The purpose is to see if every part of the heart wall is helping the heart pump normally. Weakened areas may be a sign of coronary artery disease.
A stress test looks for signs that the heart is pumping blood efficiently or inefficiently. Also known as an exercise stress test, this evaluation is performed on a treadmill or stationary bike while monitoring a person’s blood pressure, breathing and heart rate. A stress test may be recommended if someone has symptoms of a heart condition or to see how well a heart treatment is working.
To learn more about the heart’s performance, a stress test can be combined with an echocardiogram or 3D imaging such as a cardiac CT, a cardiac MRI or nuclear imaging/SPECT study. These advanced imaging tests aid in more accurate diagnosis and procedure planning.
A cardiac computed tomography CT scan takes a specialized X-ray of the heart. The scan looks for plaque build-up, a substance made of fat and calcium that can narrow or close the arteries that supply blood to the heart. When a cardiac CT suggests that there may be a blockage, Wellstar physicians can analyze the fractional flow reserve (FFR) with leading-edge HeartFlow Analysis technology. This test details how each blockage impacts blood flow to the heart.
A cardiac MRI is a type of imaging that uses large magnets and radio frequencies to see the heart valves and major vessels. It can help detect coronary artery disease and how much damage it has caused, assess heart problems that have been present since birth and identify tumors. It is often used to prepare for heart procedures and surgery.
A cardiac catheterization is a test and treatment for heart blockages. Guided by imaging, an interventional cardiologist inserts a catheter into an artery in the groin or arm to travel to the heart to look for blockages in the coronary arteries. We inject dye through the catheter to help blood vessels appear on the image. If a blockage requires treatment, a balloon can be inserted through the catheter and inflated to improve the blood flow. A mesh tube (stent) keeps the dilated artery open.
Cardiac Diagnostics Locations
Currently showing 11 total listed locations
Acworth, GA 30101
Alpharetta, GA 30009
Austell, GA 30106
Douglasville, GA 30134
Hiram, GA 30141
Holly Springs, GA 30114
Marietta, GA 30060
Marietta, GA 30062
Roswell, GA 30076
Smyrna, GA 30080
Wellstar Cardiac Diagnostics at Acworth Health Park
Acworth, GA 30101