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Heart screening and imaging

Regular heart screening is important for maintaining your heart health. Heart screening can include blood tests to examine cholesterol and glucose levels, as well as imaging exams to both screen for heart complications and monitor current conditions.

Cardiac testing and diagnostics in Denver

Your heart requires extra special imaging to ensure an accurate diagnosis — so that's what we provide.

HealthONE hospitals specialize in diagnosing cardiovascular conditions in their earliest stages. We use advanced imaging tests to find the exact cause of your symptoms, and, if needed, treat heart attacks as they occur. Additionally, we are able to find heart and circulatory problems that may not be showing signs or symptoms.

Learn about your heart health

It's never a bad time to take care of your heart. Get started with our heart health assessment. This can give you insights into your overall wellness and help you decide if you should consider talking to a cardiologist.

It's never a bad time to take care of your heart. Get started with our heart health assessment. This can give you insights into your overall wellness and help you decide if you should consider talking to a cardiologist.

Reasons you may need cardiac imaging

We help you understand your overall heart health by screening and offering imaging tests for a variety of conditions, including:

  • Abdominal atrial aneurysm (AAA)
  • Atrial fibrillation (AFib)
  • Carotid artery disease (CAD)
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Hypertension
  • Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
  • Vascular conditions

Our diagnostic heart screening and imaging services

With a range of imaging tools, as well as cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology labs, we can get a view from every angle to get a proper diagnosis.

Blood pressure testing

Your blood pressure is a key indicator of heart health, essentially showing how hard your heart is working to pump blood through your arteries. Based on current blood pressure guidelines set by the American Heart Association, 120/80 is generally considered a normal blood pressure for adults. A reading of 130/80 or higher is classified as hypertension, or high blood pressure.

Having high blood pressure means your heart muscle is pumping harder than normal for long periods of time. This additional pressure in your arteries can lead to serious health conditions, including:

Calcium scans and scoring

Calcium can form into plaque, causing buildup in the arteries, which is a condition known as coronary artery disease (CAD). This condition can lead to a sudden heart attack. However, CAD can be detected early with a coronary calcium scan, enabling faster treatments.

Coronary calcium scans

The coronary calcium scan is a simple, noninvasive diagnostic tool that provides critical information about the potential of future heart complications. It uses X-ray technology to capture images of your heart and surrounding arteries, allowing us to determine a score that reflects the degree and extent of calcium deposits in the walls of your coronary arteries.

Cardiac catheterization laboratories

In our cardiac catheterization labs (also referred to as the "cath labs"), we perform a variety of catheter-based procedures to identify and treat cardiovascular diseases. These types of procedures provide us with a clear view of your blood vessels, enabling both a diagnosis and an opportunity to provide interventional care for acute heart disease treatment and future heart disease prevention.

Electrophysiology EP labs

Our advanced EP labs perform automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator (AICD) insertions, AFib ablations and other complex procedures.

We also offer EP studies to evaluate your heart’s electrical system to determine if a heart arrhythmia is present. If an arrhythmia is present, the study indicates where exactly in your heart the it is occurring, so our electrophysiologists can suggest proper treatment.

Noninvasive vascular assessments

Noninvasive vascular assessments (NIVA) are exams that use sound waves to obtain images of the inside of the body. With these images, our radiologists are able to evaluate organ motion, including the movement of your heart valves and overall blood flow. Typically, we use leading-edge imaging technology to perform NIVAs, which allow us to diagnose vascular diseases and plan vascular surgical procedures.

Ankle-brachial index (ABI) testing

An ABI test compares the blood pressure at your ankle to the blood pressure at your arm so your doctor can review your blood flow. This test is typically used to check for PAD. ABI tests may be:

  • Performed during exercise
  • Performed without exercise
  • Segmental (measured at various points in the body

Stress tests

A stress test is used to see how well your heart works, particularly when it is working hard, as it does during exercise. These tests are often used as a form of early heart attack care, predicting whether you possess a serious risk of a future heart attack.

Cardiac stress test

A cardiac stress test can show if there is reduced blood supply in the arteries that pump blood to your heart. You may have a cardiac stress test to diagnose CAD, determine your safe level of exercise or check the effectiveness of a treatment.

Nuclear stress test

A nuclear stress test (thallium stress test) is similar to a cardiac stress test, but focuses more on the coronary arteries. It measures the heart’s blood pressure and electrical activity before and after exercise.

Nuclear stress tests may use:

  • Cardiac positron emission tomography (PET) — PET scans of the heart produce images of your heart and show healthy and damaged heart muscle.
  • Single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) agent — This test examines if your arteries are supplying your heart muscle with enough blood.

Other heart scans we offer

Whether you are experiencing a chronic or acute cardiac condition, the importance of heart health to your overall wellness cannot be overstated. We make sure there are a variety of different types of testing at your disposal, so that we can cater our screening and imaging services to your personal condition. We offer the following heart scans:

  • Angiograms
    • Computerized tomography (CT) scans
    • Chest magnified resonance angiography (MRA)
  • Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Fistulagram
  • Multigated acquisition scan (MUGA)
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE)

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