Cardiac screening and imaging in Richmond
Heart health is of the utmost importance. At Henrico Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, we provide patients access to advanced heart imaging technology when you need quick answers after a heart event and comprehensive screening services to help detect and prevent heart disease.
Contact our Consult-A-Nurse® line at (804) 320-3627 to learn more about heart screening and imaging at Henrico Doctors' Hospital.
Our cardiologists are trained in heart screening and imaging to provide the best preventive and emergency heart care possible in Henrico County. These procedures help our cardiologists identify heart disease early, allowing us to provide treatment before a heart event occurs. Cardiac imaging also helps our physicians identify blockages and provide life-saving care when a patient is experiencing an emergent heart condition.
Heart imaging and screening exams we offer
We offer the following heart testing and diagnostic services:
- Diagnostic cardiac catheterization
- Computed tomography (CT) angiogram
- Stress tests
- EKG (electrocardiogram)
- ECHO (echocardiogram)
- Electrophysiology studies
- Lab work
- Blood work
We offer screening services on a referral basis for patients who identify with the risk factors and symptoms associated with heart failure.
What is cardiac catheterization?
Cardiac catheterization, also known as coronary arteriogram or coronary angiography, is a type of diagnostic test that your doctor may order if he or she suspects you have a blockage in the coronary arteries that feed your heart muscle.
A cardiologist performs this test by inserting a catheter, a small tube, into an artery in your groin or arm and guiding it to your heart. Once the catheter reaches your heart, it is placed into each of the main coronary arteries and a dye is injected. The dye shows your cardiologist the location and size of any blockages in your coronary arteries. Your cardiologist will study each artery and decide on the best course of treatment.
Henrico Doctors’ Hospital houses a cardiac catheterization lab that is open 24 hours a day and equipped with the latest monitoring and imaging equipment. In addition to a diagnostic tool, cardiac catheterization can also be used during cardiovascular surgeries, including angioplasty, artery stenting and other procedures that remove plaque and restore blood flow to the heart.
Electrophysiology involves testing the electrical system and activity within your heart. If you have been diagnosed with arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), your cardiologist may use an electrophysiology study—the placement of a small, thin catheter in your heart to map how the electrical current is functioning— to see where within your heart the arrhythmia is occurring in order to determine the best course of treatment.
Henrico Doctors’ Hospital has a staff of specially trained electrophysiology nurses and anesthesiologists who work with our electrophysiologists, physicians who measure the electrical activity of the heart, to determine if your arrhythmia is life threatening.