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Heart Disease Screening:
Detecting Signs of Heart Disease

Emory Decatur Hospital provides a variety of heart disease screening services in Atlanta, and encourages those at risk for heart disease to obtain testing. Physicians are now able to diagnose signs of heart disease at an early age. Therefore, in order to discern common heart conditions and to prevent a heart attack or other complications of heart disease, individuals should undergo routine heart disease screening as preventative measures. Our Heart and Vascular Institute provides a number of cardiac assessments and heart disease screening services.

Learn more about how to prevent a heart attack by reading common heart attack signs and symptoms or learn about how our additional treatments-and-procedures can help diagnose early signs of a heart condition.

Detect Signs of Heart Disease: Cardiac Assessments and Screenings

Our heart disease screening services are able to detect early signs of heart disease, and include:

Electrocardiogram (ECG) – An ECG is able to view the electrical conduction pathways around the heart. While an individual lies still, small stickers, known as electrodes, are placed on his/her chest, and the wires are connected to an ECG machine, allowing a printout of the heart’s electrical activity to be recorded for evaluation by the cardiologist. This test is painless, non-invasive and takes a matter of a few minutes to perform.

Echocardiogram (Echo) – An echocardiogram is an ultrasound heart disease screening test (typically offered to pregnant women), which views the structure of the heart. From the information provided on-screen, a cardiologist will be able to diagnose signs of a heart condition, by taking measurements for the heart’s muscle thickness and size of its chambers. This test is also non-invasive and painless and takes approximately 20 minutes to perform.

Cardiac Calcium Scoring – This test is quick and painless, utilizing a powerful CT scanner to provide high-definition images of the heart. Doctors typically use this test to diagnose early signs of heart disease, as the scan enables cardiologists to view deposits of calcium and plaque in the arteries that could lead to a heart attack, stroke or other coronary artery diseases. After the test is complete, patients will receive a personalized calcium score, which helps predict their risk of developing heart disease. The non-invasive scan, which takes approximately 10 minutes to complete, is safe and painless.

Abdominal Aorta Evaluation – Abdominal aneurysms are the thirteenth leading cause of death in the United States, and most occur without warning. We provide heart disease screening for aneurysm by performing procedures utilizing an ultrasound probe to analyze a patient’s abdominal aorta.

Ankle/Brachial Index – During this cardiac assessment, blood pressures are obtained from a patient’s legs and arms to evaluate whether he/she may have peripheral artery disease. This test not only assesses a patient’s blood circulation, but is also used to detect signs of heart disease, as it is a marker of heart attack risk.

Carotid Artery Evaluation – Stroke ranks third among all causes of death. To assess a patient’s risk of stroke, an ultrasound probe is placed on his/her neck to screen for blockages in the carotid arteries, which supply blood to the brain. This is also used to detect signs of a heart condition, as it is a marker of heart attack risk.

Cardiac Function Evaluation – In this heart disease screening service, our cardiologists will analyze a patient’s cardiac function and calculate the amount of blood his/her heart is able to pump by placing an ultrasound probe on various locations of the chest.

Contact us today at 404.501.1851 to learn more about common heart conditions, or read about the various types of Atlanta-based cardiac testing we provide.

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