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Services & Procedures

Midwest Cardiology provides a full range of state-of-the-art cardiovascular treatments and procedures including risk assessments, stress testing, renal artery stents, vascular ultrasounds and more.

Below is a comprehensive list of our standard and advanced cardiovascular imaging and testing services. Click on each procedure to learn more.

Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI)
Aortoiliac Duplex Ultrasound
Carotid Duplex Ultrasound
Echocardiogram
Lower Extremity Arterial Duplex Ultrasound
Lower Extremity Venous Duplex Ultrasound
Renal Artery Duplex
Electrocardiogram
Event Recorder
Holter Monitor
Exercise Stress with Nuclear Imaging
Regadenoson / Adenosine Stress with Nuclear Imaging
Dobutamine Stress with Nuclear Imaging
Exercise Stress Test
Exercise Stress Echocardiogram
Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram


Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI)

This study is used to determine blood flow in the legs. The ABI is similar to a blood pressure check.  You don't need to fast prior to this exam. Approximate length of study is 30 minutes.
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Aortoiliac Duplex Ultrasound

This study is an ultrasound exam of the abdominal aorta. You will need to fast beginning at midnight the night prior to your exam. Medication may be taken with small sips of water if necessary. Approximate length of study is 45 minutes.
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Carotid Duplex Ultrasound

This study is an ultrasound of the carotid arteries. Both the right and left side of your neck will be scanned. This study is performed while lying on your back.  You do not need to fast prior to this exam. Approximate length of study is 30 minutes.
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Echocardiogram

(The first accredited echocardiogram lab in Michiana)
This study visualizes the structures, valves and functions of your heart. Doppler echo is an audio component of this exam used to measure the flow of blood through the valves of your heart. You will be asked to lie on your left side for this exam.  You do not need to fast prior to this exam. Approximate length of study is 45 minutes.
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Lower Extremity Arterial Duplex Ultrasound

This study is used to determine the location and severity of disease in the arteries of the legs. Both legs will be scanned using an ultrasound. You do not need to fast prior to this exam. Approximate length of study is 45 minutes.
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Lower Extremity Venous Duplex Ultrasound

This study is an ultrasound of the legs to assess the blood flow in the veins of your legs. You will be asked to lie on your back and both sides during this test. You do not need to fast prior to this exam. Approximate length of study is 45 minutes.
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Renal Artery Duplex

This study is an ultrasound exam of the renal arteries and kidneys. You will lie on your back during the study. You will need to fast beginning at midnight the night prior to your exam. Medication may be taken with small sips of water if necessary.  Approximate length of study is 45 minutes.
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Electrocardiogram

This test is used to evaluate the rhythm of the heart. This test can be done without any fasting or preparation. Approximate length of study is 15 minutes.
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Event Recorder

This test is done to correlate symptoms with your heart rhythm. You will wear a portable monitor for a 28 day time frame or less. During this time you will be asked to press the recorder during times in which you are having symptoms. The monitor is to be worn at all times except for activities that would damage it, such as showering and swimming. We will provide you with a written instruction sheet to assist you with the proper care of this monitor during this 28 day period. The monitor is to be mailed back at the end. Approximate length of study 30 minutes.
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Holter Monitor

This test is done to monitor your heart rhythm during a 24-hour period. Our office will apply this portable monitor one day and have you come back the next working day to return the monitor. During the time this monitor is in place, we will ask you to return to normal activities, and record in a diary any symptoms you have during your activities. We can then correlate your heart rhythm with your daily activities. Activities such as showering and swimming cannot take place, as this would damage the monitor. Approximate length of study is 15 minutes.
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Exercise Stress Test with Nuclear Imaging

(The first accredited nuclear lab in Michiana)
This study evaluates your heart's response to exercise while walking on a treadmill and being closely monitored in a controlled environment. An IV will be started so that a small amount of radioactive tracer (this does not contain any dye) can be injected both before and during exercise to allow for imaging. Images of your heart will be obtained before and after stress. Approximate length of study is 4 to 6 hours.
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Regadenoson/Adenosine Stress Test with Nuclear Imaging

(The first accredited nuclear lab in Michiana)
This study allows the blood flow to your heart muscle to be evaluated under stress without walking on a treadmill. An IV will be started so that the Regadenoson or Adenosine can be administered along with a small amount of radioactive tracer (this does not contain any dye). This medication is designed to simulate the effects of exercise by dilating your blood vessels while being closely monitored in a controlled environment. Images of your heart will be obtained before and after stress. Approximate length of study is 4 to 6 hours.
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Dobutamine Stress with Nuclear Imaging

(The first accredited nuclear lab in Michiana)
This study allows the blood flow to your heart muscle to be evaluated under stress without walking on a treadmill. An IV will be started so that dobutamine can be administered along with a small amount of radioactive tracer (this does not contain any dye). Dobutamine is designed to chemically increase your heart rate without exercise while being closely monitored in a controlled environment. Images of your heart will be obtained before and after stress. Approximate length of study is 4 to 6 hours.
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Exercise Stress Test

This study evaluates your heart's response to exercise while walking on a treadmill and being closely monitored in a controlled environment. During exercise your pulse, blood pressure and EKG will be monitored. Approximate length of study is 60 minutes.
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Exercise Stress Echocardiogram

(The first accredited echocardiogram lab in Michiana)

This study evaluates your heart's response to exercise while walking on a treadmill and being closely monitored in a controlled environment. Ultrasound images will be taken of your heart at rest before you walk on the treadmill. During exercise your pulse, blood pressure and EKG will be monitored. At peak exercise you will be asked to stop walking and lie down on a bed so that ultrasound pictures may be taken of your heart. Approximate length of study is 60 minutes.
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Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram

(The first accredited echocardiogram lab in Michiana)
This study allows the blood flow to your heart muscle to be evaluated under stress without walking on a treadmill. An IV will be started so that the dobutamine can be administered for the exam. Dobutamine is designed to chemically increase your heart rate without exercise while being closely monitored in a controlled environment. Ultrasound images of your heart will be taken before, during, and after the dobutamine infusion. Approximate length of study is 60 minutes.
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