Cardiovascular Institute of Southern Missouri
3098 Oak Grove RoadPoplar Bluff, MO 63902
Cardiovascular Institute of Southern Missouri Services
Cardiovascular Institute of Southern Missouri provides the following services:
• Event Recording - A Cardiac Event Monitor is a small device used to detect abnormal heart rhythms. This device is activated by pushing a button when a patient begins to experience symptoms considered an “event.” When the patient presses this button the device records the heart rhythm and it is later downloaded by telephone and sent to the cardiologist for review. This device is usually worn for 30 days and is only removed for bathing.
• Holter Monitoring - A Holter Monitor is a portable device for continuous monitoring of a patient’s heart rhythm. This device is usually worn for 24 to 48 days and only removed for bathing. After that period, the information is downloaded from the device and the rhythm strips are reviewed by your cardiologist.
Cardiac and Vascular Consultation and Evaluation
Cardiothoracic Surgical Consultation and Evaluation
Complete 2D Echocardiography
This is a non-invasive exam used to image the heart. The heart chambers, valves and muscle are evaluated through ultrasound, doppler, and color flow analysis.
An electrocardiogram is conducted to detect abnormal heart rhythms by recording from twelve different locations of the body at the same time. It records the strength and timing of the signal received from the heart and has the capability to recognize a multitude of different heart problems.
When comparing current EKG readings to older readings, cardiologists are often able to diagnose many conditions such as an irregular heartbeat, heart attack, congenital heart disease, and valvular heart disease.
• Stress Myocardial Perfusion Imaging (SPECT) - The purpose of this test is to detect coronary artery disease. Blood flow to the heart muscle as well as heart function are evaluated during this test through exercise and the administration of an isotope. Patients unable to undergo the exercise portion are provided with the option of chemically induced stress testing.
• MUGA - The MUGA scan is completed to evaluate the left ventricular ejection fraction of the heart. The left ventricle is the main pumping chamber of the heart and the ejection fraction defines the strength of that chamber.
• Resting Thallium - This test evaluates the viability of previously damaged heart muscle.
• Treadmill Stress - A treadmill stress test is conducted to rule out causes of chest pain and rhythm disturbances as well as evaluate exercise capacity. The patient is exercised on a treadmill while being monitored by electrocardiogram and blood pressure. This exercise is continued until target heart rate is reached unless symptoms such as chest pain are experienced prior to that point.
Pacemaker and AICD Follow up
Evaluations are conducted several days each month in our clinic to follow patients with either a Pacemaker or an Automated Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (AICD). Various pacemaker companies conduct these evaluations to test for device functionality, occurrence of arrhythmias, and battery life of each device. These test results are interpreted by a cardiologist and stored within the patient’s medical record.
• Carotid Doppler - Carotid Doppler is an ultrasound exam used to evaluate the circulation of the blo
• Venous Doppler - Venous Doppler is an ultrasound exam to evaluate for clotting of the blood vessels in the venous system of the body called Deep Vein Thrombosis as well as Superficial Thrombophebitis, and Venous Insufficiency.
• ABI - An ABI is a screening conducted to detect blood flow circulation in a patient’s lower extremities, often called Peripheral Arterial Disease. Blood pressure cuffs are placed on the legs and ultrasound is utilized. These pressures are compared to the pressures in the arm to evaluate whether further testing is needed.
• Arterial Imaging - Ultrasound imaging of various blood vessels in the body is conducted to rule out Peripheral Arterial Disease. This type of testing also allows for the evaluation of aneurysm and psuedoaneurysm as well.
• Abdominal Aorta Imaging - Abdominal Aorta Ultrasound imaging is conducted to evaluate and monitor aneurysm and size of the aorta.
• Stress Echocardiography - Stress echocardiography combines an echocardiogram with a treadmill stress test. This test is used to evaluate the functional ability of the heart during different stages of activity.