Maintaining a healthy heart is of the utmost importance. At Atlanta Cardiology Associates, we are committed to providing our patients with the best available treatment and programs for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases of the heart and blood vessels.
Atlanta Cardiology Associates is available Monday thru Thursday, 7:30 am – 4:00 pm and Friday, 8:00 – 12:00 pm. After normal business hours, patients may reach our on-call service for urgent matters.
We are affiliated with Emory Saint Joseph and Northside Atlanta, and work closely with other physicians to coordinate long term management and treatment plans.
We offer a wide variety of in-office services which provides patients with the ability to have services rendered in just one visit. This, of course, is contingent upon requirements of your insurance.
An abdominal aorta is a non-invasive ultrasound that uses high frequency sound waves to capture images of the aorta (the main blood vessel leading away from the heart. In addition to screening, this ultrasound is beneficial after the diagnosis of an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) to monitor its size on a regular basis. No special preparation is required.
An ankle-brachial index test is a noninvasive test used to check your risk for peripheral artery disease (PAD). It compares your blood pressure measured at your ankle with your blood pressure measured at your arm.
A carotid ultrasound uses sound waves to produce pictures of the carotid arteries in the neck which carry blood from the heart to the brain. This test is most frequently used to screen patients for blockage or narrowing of the carotid arteries. No special preparation is required.
An echocardiogram is a diagnostic cardiac ultrasound that looks at your heart’s structure and checks how well your heart functions. An echo uses sound waves to create picture of your heart’s chambers, valves, walls and blood vessel attached to your heart. This test is completely painful and has no associated risks. It can take up to 30 minutes. No special preparation is required.
An electrocardiogram, also called an EKG or ECG , are used to check for signs of heart disease. It’s a test that records the electrical activity of your heartbeat through small electrode patches that a technician attaches to the skin of your chest, arms, and legs. An EKG will help the physician check your heart rhythm, determine if your have poor blood flow to your heart muscle, and check for any other abnormalities of the heart. This test is completely painless, very safe and fast.
We currently offer in-office lab testing with LabCorp and Quest.
A lower arterial ultrasound uses sound waves to create a map of the arteries in your legs. These test are used to determine that the arteries are open and do not have blockages. A venous ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images of the veins in the body; particularly the legs.
Nuclear stress test is also referred to as Myocardial Perfusion Imaging (MPI). A nuclear stress test uses radioactive dye and imaging to create images that shows the blood flow to your heart. This test usually involves injecting radioactive dye, then taking two sets of images of your heart– one while you’re at rest and another after exertion. This test can take up to 3 hours. Preparation instructions are provided on our patient resources page.
This services are offered to patients with pacemakers. Routine checks between 3-12 months are offered.
A treadmill stress test is also referred to as an exercise stress test or ETT. An ETT allows your physician to learn how much your heart can manage. For this test, patients walk on a treadmill which progressively gets more difficult as you go as the speed is increased and the treadmill is tilted to produce the effect of going up a small hill. As your body works harder during the test, it requires more oxygen, so the heart must pump more blood.
The test shows if the blood supply is reduced in the arteries that supply the heart. This test can be stopped at any time if need. Once completed, the patient will lie down to heave their heart and blood pressure checked. Preparation instructions are provided on our patient resources page.