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What we do?

Our Mission

Our singular goal is to provide exceptional patient care. Today our doctor’s office has evolved into the patient-centered medical home. Person centered care enhances the process of delivering healthcare and redefining patient/doctor roles. We are devoted to treating our patients as individuals, fostering a proactive approach to care and working as a team to promote overall health and wellness. We believe the patient is our partner with a vital interest in his or her healthcare decisions. We promise to promote living in health and wellness through preventative maintenance and lifestyle guidance.

Our Practice

Our team of board certified internists and board certified cardiologists work together to ensure you get the care you need. We provide multiple services including cardiac testing, lab testing, and pulmonary testing.

Our Services


Echocardiography

Echocardiography is used to evaluate your heart function.  The test uses sound waves to create a moving picture of your heart.  It provides information about the size and shape of your heart and how well your heart’s chambers and valves are functioning.  The Echocardiogram can also be used during a stress test to evaluate for coronary artery disease.

In our fully accredited lab you will be asked to undress from the waist up and a gown will be provided.  The lights will be lowered so the technician can get a good view of the monitor.  Electrodes will be placed on your chest to provide information about the electrical activity of your heart (ECG).  A transducer with gel will be placed on your chest to obtain the pictures.  The test takes about 45 minutes.

Preparation: None needed for this test.

Appointments are available Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:45 thru 3:15 and Wednesdays and Fridays 8:30 thru 4:00.

Pacemaker and Defibrillator Clinic

For patients who have already have a pacemaker or defibrillator. We will provide follow up care every 3 months or as needed, to ensure that your pacemaker/defibrillator continues to work properly. Your doctor will review your results. We also offer remote monitoring for patients who would like to utilize this service.

Holter Monitoring

A Holter monitor is a very small device that you wear for 24-48 hours. Your doctor may order this test if you have fainted have skipped beats, palpitations or an irregular heartbeat. Electrodes will be attached to your chest and you will return to the office the following day at the same time to be disconnected and return the monitor.


Pulmonary Function Testing (PFT) with DLCO

Pulmonary function tests are a group of tests that measure how well the lungs take in and release air.

Pulmonary function tests are done to diagnose certain types of lung disease (such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema), find the cause of shortness of breath, and check lung function before someone has surgery

Spirometry measures airflow. By measuring how much air you exhale, and how quickly, spirometry can evaluate a broad range of lung diseases. While you are sitting, you breathe into a mouthpiece that is connected to an instrument called a spirometer. The spirometer records the amount and the rate of air that you breathe in and out over a period of time. For some of the test measurements, you can breathe normally and quietly. Other tests require forced inhalation or exhalation after a deep breath. You will be asked to inhale a medicine to see how it changes your test results. The test takes approximately 45 to 60 minutes.

Preparation: For this test do not eat a heavy meal before the test. Do not smoke for 4-6 hours before the test. You’ll get specific instructions if you need to stop using bronchodilators or inhaler medications. You may have to breathe in medication before or during the test.

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Bone Density Scan

A bone density test uses low dose x-ray to measure bone loss.   The test uses a low dose x-ray to detect signs of bone thinning and mineral loss.  During the procedure you will lay on a table fully clothed while the x-ray is taken. It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete the test.

Preparation: For this test you should not take any vitamin pills or mineral supplements 24 hours prior to your exam.  But you can take all your medications as prescribed and eat normally.

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Stress Testing

A stress test may be ordered by your doctor if you experience chest pain, shortness of breath, or other symptoms indicative of limited blood flow to the heart.

Cardiovascular exercise testing, Stress Cardiolite, and Lexiscan Cardiolite tests are performed in our office.

  • Exercise stress testing will involve walking on a treadmill while monitoring your heart rate and EKG.
  • Stress Cardiolite testing: after walking on the treadmill we will also take images of your heart under a camera to determine the amount of blood flow to your heart.
  • Lexiscan Cardiolite testing: ordered when a person is not able to exercise long enough to achieve a target heart rate due to a medical problem such as arthritis or a joint replacement, or when an abnormal heart rhythm exists and may prevent accurate results from an exercise test.
  • The two Cardiolite tests involve the injection of a small amount of a radioactive material (Technetium-99m Cardiolite), so that pictures of the blood flow throughout the heart may be taken.

Preparation: For an exercise stress test wear comfortable clothing and rubber-soled shoes. A light meal and liquids may be consumed prior the tests. However, there are food and liquid restrictions for non-diabetic patients undergoing tests with imaging. A complete list of instructions will be provided when the tests are scheduled, as there are additional guidelines

The Stress Cardiolite and Lexiscan Cardiolite tests are performed four days per week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and alternating Mondays and Fridays).

Cardiovascular stress tests are performed Monday thru Friday

All testing is scheduled between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Coumadin Clinic

This clinic has been established to monitor and manage the effects of the medication known as Coumadin (Warfarin) which may be prescribed to prevent blood clots. The Registered Nurse at the office, working in conjunction with the physicians, will check the patient’s blood test results (specifically the Protime results) and adjust the dosing of Coumadin, based on the results. The nurse is also available for education.  It is extremely important that the patient get their blood drawn at least once a month, in order to provide the most beneficial effects of Coumadin.


Laboratory

Our fully accredited lab is open Mon – Fri 7:30 am to 5pm. Walk-ins are available.

Vascular Ultrasound

Vascular ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure that uses high frequency ultrasound waves to generate images of blood vessel called arteries and veins of the neck, arm, legs and abdomen.  Diagnostic vascular ultrasound is used for the detection of peripheral vascular disease such as obstructions within the blood vessels or to access structural integrity of the vessels. The test will take approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete.

Preparation: Little to no preparation for most exams

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