Cardiology

Our mission is to provide our patients with the best cardiology care based on an individualized treatment plan that’s right for you. Our goal is to make you feel at home throughout your medical evaluation & treatment procedures based on the latest research and techniques available, and provide the right treatment plan that best suits your individual needs.

What is heart Disease?

Heart Disease (Cardiovascular Disease) involves blocked or narrowed blood vessels that may lead to a heart attack, chest pain, stroke, and infections.

These various diseases could include:

  • Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmias)
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Weak heart muscles (cardiomyopathy)
  • Heart valve problems
  • Heart infections
  • Cardiovascular disease

With healthy lifestyle choices, certain types of heart disease can be prevented, treated and improved.

Heart rhythm problems (cardiac arrhythmias) occur when the electrical impulses that coordinate your heartbeats don’t function properly, causing your heart to beat too fast, too slow, or irregularly.

These fluttering or racing heart issues may be harmless, however some heart arrhythmias may be dangerous or life threatening. Heart arrhythmia treatment can often control or eliminate fast or irregular heartbeats, and can be prevented in many cases through healthy lifestyle choices and reduced stress.

If you are experiencing any potential cardiology related issues, contact Virginia Heart & Vascular Institute in Fairfax, VA today at 703-560-1075. We look forward to helping you live a healthy and fulfilling life without being controlled by heart conditions.


Cardiovascular Diseases & Conditions

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Abnormal enlargement or bulging of wall of large aorta artery carrying blood away from the heart
  • Arrhythmias: Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Cardiomyopathy: Weakened heart muscle
  • Congenital Heart Disease: Heart defects present from birth
  • Coronary Heart Disease: Blockages in arteries of the heart
  • Congestive Heart Failure: Inadequate blood flow to the body
  • Valvular Heart Disease: Abnormal, leaky or narrowed heart valves
  • Hypertension: High blood pressure
  • Lipid Disorders: High cholesterol and/or blood triglyceride (fat) levels
  • Patent Foramen Ovale: Opening between two heart chambers
  • Pericardial Disease: Conditions affecting the sac surrounding the heart
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (Vascular Disease): Blockages in any of the body’s arteries
  • Pulmonary Embolism: Blood clot in the lung
  • Pulmonary Hypertension: High blood pressure in the lung’s arteries
  • Syncope: Brief loss of consciousness caused by temporary decrease in blood flow to brain
  • Stroke: Lack of blood supply to brain resulting in neurologic injury
  • Venous Disease: Swollen veins and/or formation of blood clots
  • Seep Apnea: Breathing stops repeatedly during sleep

Diagnosis

At Virginia Heart & Vascular Institute, we use a variety of tests to produce different types of information of the heart. This will give your doctor important information about your risk for cardiac disease. Our testing facilities are accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL), and the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL).

Below you will find a list of cardiac tests described in detail, to help you understand what to expect if you are going to have one of these procedures.

  • Electrocardiography:

An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is a test that checks for problems with the electrical activity of your heart. An EKG shows the heart’s electrical activity as line tracings on paper.

  • Echocardiography:

Often referred to as a cardiac echo or simply an echo, is a sonogram of the heart. (It is not abbreviated as ECG, an abbreviation for an electrocardiogram.) Uses standard two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and Doppler ultrasound to create images of the heart.

  • Nuclear Stress Testing:

A nuclear exercise stress test is a diagnostic test used to evaluate blood flow to the heart. During the test, a small amount of radioactive tracer is injected into a vein. A special camera, called a gamma camera, detects the radiation released by the tracer to produce computer images of the heart.

  • Computed Tomography (CT) Angiography:

Uses an injection of iodine-rich contrast material and CT scanning to help diagnose and evaluate blood vessel disease or related conditions, such as aneurysms or blockages.

  • Cardiac Catheterization and Angiography:

A procedure that allows the cardiologist to get direct information about the blood pressures and patterns of blood flow within your heart.

  • Holter & Event Monitors:

Holter and event monitors are similar to an EKG (electrocardiogram). An EKG is a simple test that detects and records the heart’s electrical activity. It’s a common test for diagnosing heart rhythm problems.


Treatment

After going through the diagnostic evaluations, we will customize the right treatment specifically for you depending on the severity of your condition. Recommended treatments may include one or a combination of the following:

Medication

Healthy lifestyle programs:

  • Heart disease risk management
  • Heart-healthy diet and nutrition
  • Regular exercise and physical activity
  • Smoking cessation assistance
  • Stress Reduction

Catheter-assisted and surgical procedures:

In some cases, patients may require some form of invasive surgery to improve their condition. In so doing, one or more of the following may be recommended to open blocked arteries:

  • Coronary angioplasty and stents
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Minimally invasive heart surgery