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Hattiesburg Clinic

Heart & Vascular - Diagnostic Services

 

Diagnostic Services

Hattiesburg Clinic Heart & Vascular is focused on providing comprehensive diagnostic services related to cardiac and vascular conditions of patients. Depending on the patient and their unique situation, a variety of testing services may be recommended, including:

 

CORONARY CTA

Coronary Computed Tomography Angiogram (Coronary CTA) allows doctors to obtain high-resolution, 3D images of the heart through CT technology and may use a contrast liquid, or dye, that is inserted into the patient intravenously (IV). The CTA is used to identify any plaque, or fatty deposits, located on the arteries or valves of the heart and provide an opportunity for the doctor to better provide a plan of care.

 

CARDIAC MRI

Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a computer, radio waves and a magnetic field to take detailed pictures of a patient’s heart and the structures within. A cardiac MRI is not a suitable option for patients with particular implants (such as defibrillators and pacemakers).

A cardiac MRI can be used to:

  • Identify abnormal heartbeats (arrhythmia)
  • Monitor the performance of heart valves
  • Measure the size of the heart and thickness of heart walls and valves
  • Gauge the ability of the heart to properly pump blood
  • Identify other diseases present
  • Spot blood clots
  • Identify congenital heart defects
  • Monitor the performance of implanted cardiac devices

 

NUCLEAR CARDIOLOGY (SPECT & PET)

A single photo emission computer tomography (SPECT) and cardiac positron emission tomography (PET) scan uses radioactive tracers to produce images of the heart. While SPECT scans measure gamma rays, the decay of the radiotracers used with PET scans produce small particles called positrons. Also, SPECT tracers generally last longer in the patient.

Patients are given a radioactive tracer intravenously (inserted in the blood stream). The tracers are detected by the imaging machine to provide three-dimensional images of the heart.

A cardiac SPECT and PET scan can be used to:

  • Identify abnormal heartbeats (arrhythmia)
  • Monitor the performance of heart valves
  • Measure the size of the heart and thickness of heart walls and valves
  • Gauge the ability of the heart to properly pump blood
  • Identify other diseases present
  • Spot blood clots
  • Identify congenital heart defects
  • Monitor the performance of implanted cardiac devices

 

ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY

At Hattiesburg Clinic Heart & Vascular, an echocardiogram may be ordered to diagnose specific heart issues. An echocardiogram is an ultrasound that uses sound waves to provide a visual of the patient’s heart on a screen. There are several specific types of echocardiogram, including:

  • Doppler echocardiogram
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram
  • Transthoracic echocardiogram

Echocardiograms can be used to:

  • Identify abnormal heartbeats (arrhythmia)
  • Monitor the performance of heart valves
  • Measure the size of the heart and thickness of heart walls and valves
  • Gauge the ability of the heart to properly pump blood
  • Identify other diseases present
  • Spot blood clots
  • Identify congenital heart defects
  • Monitor the performance of implanted cardiac devices

HEMODYNAMIC ASSESSMENT

A hemodynamic assessment monitors how well the heart is working and measures the blood pressure inside the heart, veins and arteries. It can also show how much oxygen is in the blood and how well the blood flows. A catheter is inserted into an artery, vein or heart chamber and sends electrical signals to a recorder to monitor pressure.

HOLTER MONITOR

A Holter monitor may be recommended for a patient whose heart condition or symptoms come and go. A Holter monitor is a portable device that records the heart’s activity for 24-48 hours. A Holter monitor can be useful for patients experiencing slow or fast heartbeats or arrhythmia (irregular heartbeats). Electrodes are placed on the patient’s chest and the small monitoring device can be carried in a pocket or a pouch.

TILT-TABLE TESTING

For patients who often faint or feel lightheaded, a tilt-table test may be administered. Patients will lie on a table with straps at their waist and knees. An intravenous line (or IV) will be inserted in the arm, and electrodes will be connected to the chest to track the heartbeat. The nurse will slowly tilt the table and monitor blood pressure. A second phase of the test will see how the patient responds when given a medicine that causes an elevated heart rate. The test may take between 30 and 90 minutes to complete. If a patient’s blood pressure does not fall during a test, then the results are typically normal, or negative.

LINQ™

LINQ™ is an insertable cardiac monitor for patients who experience infrequent symptoms or that require long-term monitoring or ongoing management. LINQ™ may help your provider diagnose and treat irregular heartbeats that may be related to unexplained fainting. LINQ™ is placed under the skin of your chest via an outpatient procedure.

Heart & Vascular

PHONE

(601) 268-5800

HOURS

Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Late hours available upon request

MAIN LOCATION

415 S. 28th Ave.
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Directions

OUTREACH LOCATIONS

Hattiesburg Clinic Heart & Vascular service area encompasses an 11 county region with 11 locations across the Pine Belt.

Hattiesburg Clinic Heart & Vascular is a full-service cardiology clinic, dedicated to helping patients with their vascular and cardiology needs. It is our goal to offer quality care to each patient, by utilizing a variety of innovative products and procedures to take care of the patient’s heart and vascular needs. We provide hospital services, disease management, diagnostic services and vascular services across Pine Belt area, including (but not limited to): Hattiesburg, Bay Springs, Collins, Columbia, Lake Serene, Magee, Mendenhall, Picayune, Prentiss, Tylertown, Waynesboro, Wiggins and Laurel.