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Nutrition Services

We are excited to now offer Nutrition Services including:

  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Weight Management
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Customized Meal Plans

Contact us to learn more and to schedule your consultation with one of our dietitians!

Sleep Study (home-based)

Sleep Studies assess sleep interruptions and oxygen drops that cause serious increases in heart and vascular events such as STROKE, UNCONTROLLED BLOOD PRESSURE, HEART ATTACK, and SUDDEN DEATH.

Maintain Your DOT License

Maintaining your Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) license cannot be stressed enough. We make it easy and convenient for you to take your DOT suggested sleep study and Stress Test.

For Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) drivers, the rules and regulations to maintain your license to drive are becoming more complex. The physical examination you undergo for your medical certificate confirms that you are healthy enough to safely perform the demanding job of a CMV driver.

Here at Ellahi Heart Clinic, we help you screen for DOTs’ suggested Polysomnography (Sleep Apnea Test) and Stress Test. We make having a sleep study convenient to meet your needs. We offer state of the art home-based, efficient, and reliable sleep testing solutions and dedicated sleep labs. Our facility is equipped with the latest equipment for Stress Tests and comprehensive heart screening and treatment.

Don’t get caught off guard or wait until the last minute. This may delay the process of receiving your medical certificate, so allow yourself enough time to have these studies done and get treatment started (if needed).

Call to make your appointment today. We will accommodate your needs for a speedy result!

Cardiac Catheterization & Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

The heart is arguably the most important organ in the body. Blood flows in and out of it via a complex maze of blood vessels, which can also be used as a means of examining the condition of the heart and circulatory system. A special diagnostic medical procedure known as cardiac catheterization makes it possible for a hollow tube to be threaded through an artery and directly into the heart itself. This diagnostic process is used to collect information about the heart that is not possible using non-invasive cardiac tests such as stress tests. If a blockage is discovered, a percutaneous coronary intervention can treat it instantly. A small balloon is inflated at the end of the catheter, pushing plaque into the artery wall and facilitating better blood flow. A mesh stent then holds it in place and prevents the clot from returning.

Did you know…

Cardiac catheterization is a very common procedure that is used for multiple purposes beyond finding blood clots? In fact, heart catheters have been used to diagnose congenital heart defects, help qualify patients for bypass surgery, measure pressure in the heart, and measure the health of the heart’s valves. In some cases, a heart catheterization is even used in combination with angiograms, which are moving x-ray images of the heart and blood flow.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I need to undergo cardiac catheterization and percutaneous coronary intervention?

You may need to undergo a cardiac catheterization if your doctor needs to evaluate the source of recent chest pains. Heart catheters are used both diagnostically as well as to monitor the condition of patients who have already been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. You will only need percutaneous coronary intervention if your heart catheterization reveals the presence of narrowed arteries or blood clots.

What should I expect during cardiac catheterization and percutaneous coronary intervention?

Heart catheterization is a surgical procedure. You will not be placed under general anesthesia, but will be sedated and made comfortable for the duration of the procedure. Heart catheters are placed into an artery – either in your arm or leg. Most tests take no more than an hour and are typically performed on an outpatient basis.

Will I need to follow any special instructions following this procedure?

Yes. You will be instructed to ‘take it easy’ in the first 24 hours following heart catheterization. You will need to avoid strenuous activity for several days, as well as avoiding certain positions such as bending and squatting. You will also be advised to avoid submerging yourself in water for several days, though showering is safe after 24 hours. If your puncture site begins to swell or you experience fever, dizziness, or bleeding that doesn’t stop – contact your doctor immediately!

Lastly, you’ll need to consult with your doctor before starting any new medication or supplement, including the most common ones such as antibiotics, cough medicine, and even daily vitamins.

Echocardiography

Echocardiography – also referred to as an echocardiogram, is a medical procedure used to measure the size and shape of the heart, as well as monitor the flow of blood through its valves and chambers. The diagnostic tests are more easily interpreted as a heart sonogram, which uses sound waves to measure cardiac output. Cardiologists often order echocardiograms to diagnose or monitor conditions like atrial fibrillation, congenital heart disease, heart infections, murmurs, and the condition of the heart muscles following a heart attack.

Did you know…

that there are two ways of performing echocardiography? Most patients receive the standard echocardiogram, which is known as a trans-thoracic echo. This is the fastest and least invasive of the two tests, with sonograms acquired via a chest probe placed on the outside of the body. The other type of echocardiogram – a trans-esophageal echo – is performed with the probe positioned behind the heart on the inside of the body. Patients are sedated or placed under anesthetic as the probe is placed inside the esophagus. The benefit of trans-esophageal echocardiograms is that they provide in depth imaging of the heart that is not available with the standard test.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need an echocardiogram?

Only your doctor or cardiologist can determine whether you need an echocardiogram. However, you are more likely to require this type of testing if you have suffered a stroke or heart attack, or if your doctor suspects that you are suffering from other types of cardiovascular conditions, such as pulmonary hypertension or abnormal heart valves.

What should I expect during an echocardiogram?

Your experience will vary according to the type of echocardiography you are undergoing. You will not need to take any special steps to prepare for a standard test, though you may be asked to avoid food and drink in the hours prior to a trans-esophageal echo. A sonographer will perform a standard test by placing a probe along your ribcage and upper abdomen. The procedure is painless, although some patients require an IV injection of contrast liquid in order to achieve a better image of the heart. If you are undergoing a trans-esophageal echo, your doctor will numb the back of your throat before placing the scope inside your esophagus. If necessary, you may be placed under conscious sedation to help you relax during the procedure.

Will I need to follow any special instructions following my echocardiogram?

Echocardiography is an outpatient procedure that requires little or no recovery time. However, patients who have a trans-esophageal echo may experience some minor throat discomfort following the test. Depending on the results of your procedure, your doctor may order additional testing or request that you return for subsequent echocardiograms periodically.

Exercise and Pharmacological Stress Testing

Exercise and pharmacological stress testing are diagnostic procedures used to monitor or diagnose certain cardiovascular conditions, such a patient’s risk of suffering a heart attack. Cardiologists may order these tests for individuals who are beginning a new exercise regimen or who are considered to be at risk for cardiovascular complications. These tests place a controlled but deliberate amount of stress on the heart as a cardiologist monitors vital signs, such as blood pressure and heart rate. Most stress testing is administered via a stress-inducing activity, such as running. However, patients who are physically unable to perform these exercises may be tested with medications that are designed to place stress on the heart.

Did you know…

that patients play an important role in exercise and pharmacological stress testing? Though doctors monitor each patient’s vital signs as stress is induced and increased on the heart, patients must also describe how they are feeling as the tests progress. Though the body may appear to be reacting well to stress, patients may not be feeling well. It is important to report uncomfortable physical symptoms, such as dizziness and weakness.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to undergo exercise or pharmacological stress testing?

Your doctor may recommend stress testing if there is a concern for the condition and response of your heart when placed under stress. If you are beginning a new type of physical activity or are concerned about your heart’s health under physical stress, contact your doctor to find out if stress testing is right for you.

What should I expect during exercise and pharmacological stress testing?

If you are undergoing exercise stress testing, you can expect to be placed on a treadmill or asked to engage in some other physically challenging activity. You will be connected to monitors that measure your heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing as the physical activity becomes more and more challenging. If you are undergoing pharmacological stress testing, you will not engage in exercise, but instead, will be given a medication designed to increase blood flow to your heart or otherwise cause the heart to work harder.

Will I need to follow any special instructions following my test?

Your doctor will discuss the results of your stress testing with you and may ask you undergo additional testing or return periodically for additional stress tests. Your doctor may recommend avoiding certain activities and situations, as well staying within a specific heart rate range during exercise.

Peripheral Vascular Intervention

Peripheral vascular disease involves blockages affecting the body’s lower extremities. These types of obstructions can cause serious circulatory complications – some of which can become fatal if left untreated. Intervention is necessary to prevent complications of peripheral vascular disease and the deterioration of the affected limb. Peripheral vascular intervention varies from patient to patient, with some achieving improvement using conservative treatments like medication and lifestyle modifications. Others require further treatment, such as angioplasty or peripheral artery bypass.

Did you know?

The signs of peripheral vascular disease are hard to miss. They are generally isolated to a single affected limb, though more than one limb may have blockages. Symptoms of a peripheral vascular disease may include muscle aches, numbness, tingling, changes in skin tone, changes in the temperature of the affected limb, and even wounds that do not heal as quickly as they should. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a candidate for peripheral vascular intervention?

You may be a candidate for peripheral vascular intervention if you have been diagnosed with a peripheral vascular disease or arterial blockages in your legs. Your doctor may suggest peripheral vascular intervention to help you prevent the need for a future foot or leg amputation.

What should I expect during a peripheral vascular intervention?

In some cases, lifestyle modifications, exercise, and medications are enough to treat peripheral vascular disease. However, the most common type of peripheral vascular intervention is angioplasty and stenting. During this procedure, you will be sedated, but not under general anesthesia. A catheter (hollow tube) is inserted in to a tiny incision near the groin and threaded through the arteries inside the affected area. A balloon is inflated at the site of the blockage to move plaque into the wall of the artery. Finally, a stent is put in place to facilitate blood flow and prevent the blockage from returning.

Depending on your specific circumstances, your cardiologist may recommend any number of other peripheral vascular interventions. Examples include a catheter-directed thrombolysis, excimer laser therapy, and angiojet catheter thrombectomy. All of the procedures are designed to help prevent invasive surgeries and minimize patient recovery time.

Will I need to follow any special instructions following this procedure?

You may need to stay in the hospital for observation in the hours following an angioplasty. Your cardiologist will likely make dietary and exercise recommendations, and he or she may also prescribe medications for short or long-term use following a peripheral vascular intervention procedure.

Non-Invasive Vascular Studies

Non-invasive vascular studies are tests used to diagnose cardiovascular and circulatory conditions. Unlike some other types of vascular tests, non-invasive vascular studies are free of needles and dyes. There are many reasons for ordering a non-invasive vascular test. For example, your cardiologist may recommend further testing following a routine physical examination or the appearance of symptoms that could indicate a vascular problem. Non-invasive vascular studies are useful for detecting serious conditions such as aneurysms, atherosclerosis, and deep vein thrombosis.

Did you know…

that one of the most frequently requested non-invasive vascular study is an ultrasound? A heart ultrasound provides instant images of the heart and the blood flow within it. Other types of non-invasive vascular tests include chest x-rays, CT scans, electrocardiograms, and segmental pressure tests, which record pulse volume to identify the presence of blockages in the arms and legs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to undergo non-invasive vascular studies?

Only your doctor or cardiologist can determine if non-invasive vascular studies are right for you. However, you are more likely to require these types of tests if you have experienced symptoms of heart disease or have been diagnosed with a cardiovascular or circulatory condition.

What should I expect during a non-invasive vascular study?

Your experience will vary according to the type of test you undergo. However, non-invasive studies are not painful and do not require any type of injection. Your comfort should be maintained for the duration of your tests.

Will I need to follow any special instructions following my vascular tests?

Depending on the results of your non-invasive vascular studies, your cardiologist may provide you with instructions for lifestyle modifications or even request additional testing.

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