Heart Testing & Diagnostics
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, with almost half of all Americans carrying a risk factor for heart disease. If you are at elevated risk for heart disease, scheduling a heart scan or diagnostic procedure may save your life.
Why Choose The Heart Center of NGMC?
As Georgia’s leader in heart services, The Heart Center of Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) provides our patients access to the latest non-invasive procedures and technology. This allows us to more thoroughly assess heart disease risk, as well as uncover and treat heart conditions even sooner. Many of our tests are non-invasive, making it easy and convenient to assess your risk and move forward with getting the highly-specialized care you deserve.
All diagnostic services are provided by our expansive and highly-trained team of certified technologists and our board-certified non-invasive cardiologists. These experts specialize in the early detection of all conditions on the heart disease spectrum. Before patients receive any diagnostic services, our team will consider a variety of factors to determine the most effective imaging and testing option.
Many of our locations offer the comprehensive imaging and diagnostic services you need, and all of our cardiologist can assess exactly what you need and help to coordinate testing or provide treatment.
Cardiac Calcium Scoring
Cardiac Calcium Scoring is a screening test that detects and measures the amount of calcium-containing plaque build-up in your arteries. Knowing the amount of plaque in your arteries may help your doctor identify heart disease before symptoms appear, giving you the chance to address concerns before serious damage occurs.
Are you a candidate? Find out more about cardiac calcium scoring.
NGMC is the first hospital in Georgia to offer the HeartFlow® analysis to diagnose coronary artery disease (CAD). This non-invasive heart test is able to produce a personalized 3D model of your coronary arteries.
The Heart Center performs advanced non-invasive cardiac and vascular imaging through the most advanced technology available. Learn more about:
Electrocardiography (EKG or ECG) is a diagnostic test that evaluates your heart’s electrical system, which is what regulates your heart rate and coordinates the beating of your heart muscles. An EKG or ECG records these electrical signals to detect any abnormalities and help diagnose common conditions, like an arrhythmia or coronary artery disease. An EKG/ECG may be conducted in-person, or remotely by using a Holter monitor or event monitor.
When an arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) is detected, electrophysiology studies, also known as EPS, are used to pinpoint what part of the heart it’s coming from. EPS uses a specially-designed electrode catheter to record your heart’s electrical activity, as well as locate the source of the arrhythmia and determine the best course of treatment.
Stress Testing: Exercise, Nuclear & Echo
A stress test, commonly known as an exercise stress test, is conducted to see how well your heart functions when it has to work harder and faster – like it does during physical activity. At The Heart Center of NGMC, we offer multiple types of stress tests, including exercise, nuclear and echo. A stress test can help to detect and diagnose conditions that affect blood flow in your heart, including coronary artery disease and arrhythmias. It can also help to guide and evaluate future or ongoing treatments.
Tilt Table Testing
In the event that you experience lightheadedness, dizziness or fainting, a tilt table test may be used to determine if the underlying cause is related to your heart. This test is designed to trigger symptoms while your nervous system, as well as your heart rate and blood pressure are being safely monitored.
Request an Appointment
We perform many of these diagnostics and imaging procedures at our Gainesville, Braselton and Cumming locations. Cardiologists at each of our locations can refer you for one of these imaging procedures or determine which test or diagnostic would be best to help determine your cardiac treatment plan.
Please request an appointment to discuss diagnostics and imaging by calling 770-534-2020 or using the form on this page.