The Renown Institute for Heart & Vascular Health has testing and imaging capabilities that enable us to make the right heart and vascular disease diagnosis quickly. With early detection, patients can make important lifestyle changes that are proven to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. Our tools include:
- Electrocardiogram (ECG)
- Vascular screenings
- Cardiac stress testing
- Ambulatory monitors
- Tilt-table testing
- Coronary angiography
Diagnostic Imaging Capabilities
D-SPECT Heart Camera
The D-SPECT camera is a state-of-the-art low-dose nuclear imaging tool that creates high quality images quickly, while providing a high level of comfort for patients. Renown has the only D-SPECT cameras in the region, giving us the quickest heart attack diagnosis time in the area.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a safe, noninvasive test that creates detailed pictures of organs.
MRI images of the heart surpass most other imaging methods, making cardiac MRI a valuable tool in early diagnosis and evaluation of heart abnormalities.
Other Heart and Vascular Imaging Capabilities
- Calcium-score screening heart scan
- Cardiac and peripheral computed tomography (CT)
- Cardiac positron emission tomography (PET)
- Ultrasound tests
Frequently Asked Questions
Generally, men are more at risk of heart disease between the ages of 50 to 60 years old. Women are usually diagnosed with heart disease between the ages of 65-70. The difference is not who is at greater risk, but the age at which men and women develop heart disease.
With the necessary lifestyle changes both men and women can decrease their chances of developing heart disease.
The elderly may also be at greater risk because of how the heart changes as people age. For some, the chambers of the heart pump less efficiently, which can result in greater chances of heart disease.
Blood pressure can also increase with age. High blood pressure is associated with heart failure, heart attack and stroke.
Not only does cigarette smoking increase the risk of heart disease by itself, but in combination with other risk factors, it greatly increases risk. Smoking increases blood pressure and blood clotting and decreases lung function and exercise tolerance. For young men and women, it is a significant risk factor as it can produce a greater relative risk in developing heart disease in persons under age 50 than those over age 50. Visit the Quit Tobacco Program page for more information on how Renown Health can help you quit.
Too much body fat, particularly around the waist, makes a person at a higher risk for high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels, diabetes and ultimately heart disease and stroke. Obesity by itself significantly increases the risk of heart disease.
It's important that either your primary care physician or your cardiologist evaluates you to determine if you already have Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) and if so, initiate the appropriate treatment strategy.
Your physician will develop a clear and aggressive plan to control or modify your risk factors. This may include smoking cessation, lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, diet changes, regular exercise and weight loss. Your physician will be helpful, but it will be up to you to remain committed to the lifestyle changes.