Accurate diagnosis is the first step in caring for heart and vascular conditions. At LewisGale Regional Health System, we emphasize the importance of early detection and use a wide range of advanced diagnostic tools to pinpoint—quickly and accurately—the extent and cause of the problem, which means your care starts as soon as possible.

Your First Choice for Heart & Vascular Diagnosis

When you suspect a heart attack, a fast and precise diagnosis is critical. That’s why you want to choose our accredited Chest Pain Centers, where you receive the highest level of care from the onset of symptoms through diagnosis and treatment.

Chest Pain Center accreditation also means you benefit from our Cardiac Alert network that links local EMS providers across Southwest Virginia directly with all LewisGale hospitals. As soon as EMS responds to a potential heart attack, we receive their calls or electrocardiogram (EKG) transmissions from the field and alert the heart and vascular team at our closest location to prepare for your care.

Our Cardiovascular Diagnostic Services

Supporting our focus on early discovery and as a first step toward detecting cardiovascular disease, your physician will use one or more of these diagnostic services:

  • Angiography – Uses X-rays to create images of the inside of vessels surrounding the heart
  • CT (computed tomography) and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) – Use X-rays to create cross-sectional views and detailed images of vessels and structures in and around the heart
  • Echocardiography (ECHO) (color flow, Doppler, intraoperative, stress, transesophageal [TEE]) – Uses noninvasive ultrasound imaging to detect weaknesses in the heart’s rhythm and function
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG) – Measures the electrical activity of the heart
  • Electrophysiology – Studies the heart’s electrical system to diagnose and treat abnormal heart rhythms
  • Graded exercise tolerance testing – Compares heart circulation at rest with heart circulation at different levels of exertion
  • Heart catheterization – Uses a small catheter tube and X-rays to assess the heart and blood supply
  • Holter monitoring – Records the heart’s electrical signals through electrodes attached to the chest
  • Near-patient (bedside) diagnostic metering – Allows preliminary testing and results at the patient’s side for rapid turnaround of information about cardiac enzymes and other critical measures of heart health and heart attack
  • PET scanning/nuclear (molecular) medicine and Cardiolite stress testing – Use small amounts of radioactive material to assess blood flow and assess other cardiac activity
  • Stress tests – Use medications or measured activity to assess heart activity under stress
  • Tilt testing – Helps determine the cause of fainting (syncope)
  • Vascular testing – Employs a comprehensive range of noninvasive procedures to determine blood flow and circulation or blockages in vessels outside the heart