If you’re concerned about your heart health, you should seek only the best in evaluation and care. Alex Alperovich, MD, FACC, FSCAI, and the experienced team at Advanced Cardiovascular & Vein Center in Jackson, Tennessee, offer comprehensive, noninvasive diagnostic cardiovascular services for men and women. Call the office at (731) 215-1281 or book an appointment online today to learn how you can protect your heart health.
Cardiovascular Consultative Services Q & A
Why would I need a cardiovascular consultation?
You might be referred to a cardiovascular consultation by your general doctor or another specialist, or have signs of heart disease or conditions that require the evaluation of an expert cardiologist like Dr. Alperovich. You may also seek his expertise as a second opinion or confirmation of a diagnosis of a heart condition.
What happens during a cardiovascular consultation?
A cardiovascular consultation includes a thorough interview, review of your medical history, and physical exam. Depending on your condition and the description of your symptoms, Dr. Alperovich may recommend lab work and diagnostic testing such as a stress test or echocardiogram.
What is a stress test?
You may know a stress test as a “treadmill” or “exercise” test. The diagnostic tool is performed to evaluate how well your heart withstands work. The test can reveal a lack of blood supply through the arteries and can help Dr. Alperovich advise you as to the type of level of physical activity that’s best for you.
A stress test reveals whether:
- You have an irregular heartbeat
- If chest pain and difficulty breathing (or other symptoms) are related to heart problems
- If treatments for heart disease are working
During a stress test, you’re hooked up to equipment Dr. Alperovich uses to monitor your heart as you gradually increase your workload on the treadmill.
What is an echocardiogram?
Dr. Alperovich may order an echocardiogram (echo) to get an image of your heart and understand how it beats and pumps blood. An echocardiogram helps him identify heart disease and irregular heart rhythms.
During an echocardiogram, a wand that transmits sound waves is moved across your chest. These sound waves create an image of your heart that Dr. Alperovich can assess.
What is a pacemaker or ICD?
If you have an irregular heartbeat, a pacemaker can help. This small electrical stimulator sits under the skin on your chest and hooks up to your heart with tiny wires. A pacemaker may be inserted as you heal from a heart attack or to address a long-term condition, such as if your heart beats too slowly or quickly, or beats irregularly.
Echocardiograms and stress tests can also help Dr. Alperovich determine if you’d benefit from an implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or ICD. The device, implanted under the skin of your chest, tracks your heart rate. If the ICD detects an abnormal heart rhythm, it sends an electric shock to restore a normal heartbeat and keep your heart operating normally.
If you need a cardiovascular consultation, call Advanced Cardiovascular & Vein Center or schedule an appointment online today.