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Diagnostic Testing Specialist

CardioVascular Institute of South Texas

Cardiologists located in Helotes, TX

Board-certified physicians Tzy-Shiuan Kuo, MD, Imam Tjahja, MD, and their friendly and knowledgeable team at CardioVascular Institute of South Texas offer a full range of noninvasive vascular diagnostic tests, including echocardiograms, ultrasound exams, and Holter monitoring. If you’re looking for diagnostic vascular testing in Helotes, Texas, or the San Antonio area, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Diagnostic Testing Q & A

What is diagnostic testing?

Diagnostic tests help your cardiologist at the CardioVascular Institute of South Texas identify problems that affect the way blood flows through your vascular system. They offer the most advanced technologies in noninvasive diagnostic testing, including:

Ultrasound

Vascular ultrasound tests use sound waves to create a real-time video that shows blood moving through your veins and arteries. This test can evaluate blood vessels in various parts of your body, including your abdomen or neck.

Echocardiogram

An echocardiogram (echo) also uses sound waves delivered through a noninvasive probe. However, this test produces images of your heart as it beats and pumps blood.

Holter monitoring

A Holter monitor is a small device that you wear to track your heart rhythm. This test is similar to an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG), but it records your heartbeat for days or weeks.

Pacemaker checks

If you have a pacemaker to regulate your heartbeat, the team at the CardioVascular Institute of South Texas checks it periodically to make sure it works properly. After your first pacemaker check, this may be done remotely.

Coumadin® clinic

Coumadin is a commonly prescribed blood-thinning medication that requires routine monitoring. The Coumadin clinic at CardioVascular Institute of South Texas is an easy way to prevent potentially dangerous side effects of Coumadin, such as uncontrolled bleeding.

Why would I need diagnostic testing?

The team at the CardioVascular Institute of South Texas uses diagnostic tests to understand the cause of your symptoms so they can recommend the most effective course of treatment. They may take tests to diagnose various vascular diseases, such as:

  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
  • Stroke

The type of tests you need depends on your specific symptoms, medical history, and what your cardiologist finds in your physical exam.

How can I receive diagnostic vascular testing?

If you have signs and symptoms of a vascular condition, such as an irregular heartbeat, your primary care physician may recommend scheduling an appointment at the CardioVascular Institute of South Texas.

The highly skilled cardiologists at the CardioVascular Institute of South Texas perform the most appropriate diagnostic tests to understand your specific condition. If you need vascular diagnostic testing, call the office or book an appointment online today.