Cardiology represents a field of medicine that focuses on all the conditions affecting your heart and blood vessels. At Advanced Heart & Vascular Associates, Nader Chadda, MD, FACC, FSCAI, specializes in cardiovascular disease and vascular interventions. Dr. Chadda offers diagnostic testing onsite and ensures you get individualized treatment for your cardiovascular condition. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Hudson, Brooksville, or Land O’ Lakes, Florida, or use the online booking feature today.
Cardiovascular disease includes common problems such as:
Dr. Chadda has extensive experience performing diagnostic tests and cardiac interventions for a wide range of heart conditions.
The symptoms you develop depend on the type of cardiovascular disease and whether the problem is advanced enough to cause problems. However, you’re likely to experience:
The first symptom of many cardiovascular conditions only occurs when the disease is advanced, and you have a serious event such as a heart attack or stroke.
At Advanced Heart & Vascular Associates, Dr. Chadda performs a full cardiac evaluation and offers comprehensive diagnostic testing. These are a few examples of the tests you may need:
An EKG can help Dr. Chadda diagnose heart conditions by recording the electrical signals from your heart. During this procedure, the technician places electrodes on your chest and body to pick up the signals.
An echocardiogram or echo uses safe ultrasound imaging to get detailed images of your heart. There are two types of echocardiograms: transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) and transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE).
Both types show the size and shape of your heart’s valves, muscles, and arteries. They can also show movement in the muscles and valves.
This highly specialized technique uses small amounts of radioactive materials (radiotracers) to reveal information about the blood flow through your heart. Radiotracers collect in certain tissues, where a scanner picks up their energy and creates images.
A stress test shows how well your heart works when forced to work harder to pump more blood to your body. In most cases, your EKG is recorded while you exercise. If you can’t tolerate exercise, however, Dr. Chadda may use medication to increase the stress on your heart.
Heart conditions such as arrhythmias may not show up on tests while you’re in the office. When that happens, you may need to wear a device such as a Holter or an event monitor that records your heartbeat throughout the day and night.
Cardiac catheterization is a procedure to diagnose and treat cardiovascular conditions. Dr. Chadda inserts a narrow catheter into an artery or vein and then gently guides it through the heart’s blood vessels.
During cardiac catheterization, Dr. Chadda can:
After diagnosing a problem, Dr. Chadda can use specialized instruments inserted via the catheter to repair some problems. For example, he can eliminate a blockage, repair or replace heart valves, and treat irregular heart rhythms.
When you need experienced help for cardiology problems, call Advanced Heart & Vascular Associates, or book an appointment online.