The health care professionals at the Colorado Heart Clinic understand that dealing with a new or existing cardiovascular condition can be overwhelming. Our experienced staff will work with you to explain your options and advise you and your family throughout the stages of your diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation.
Your heart is in good hands at Colorado Heart Clinic.
Colorado Heart Clinic offers a comprehensive range of cardiac services. To learn more about a few of our services, simply click on one or more of the links below.
If you have any additional questions, please give us a call at (303) 778-1171.
Physician consultations are initial evaluations performed in our office with one of our specialized cardiologist. They will review your medical history, perform a physical exam, and discuss a plan for your particular medical condition. We welcome any questions or concerns that you or any family members may have regarding your heart condition.
Your doctor may refer you to our office for cardiac stress testing, which involves walking on a treadmill while monitoring your blood pressure, heart rate, and the electrical activity of your heart (EKG). It is a common diagnostic test used to assess exercise capacity and cardiac function. The treadmill stress test may be concluded prior to reaching the target heart rate at the discretion on the medical supervisor based on the level of fatigue or any reported symptoms. Important information obtained from a stress test may be used to diagnose a cause of chest pain, shortness of breath, or palpitations, among other conditions.
A stress echocardiogram includes all the components of a treadmill stress test with the addition of an echocardiogram at rest and stress.
All stress tests involving the use of a treadmill will require any patients taking a beta blocker to hold their medication 48 hours prior unless other medical conditions require otherwise. For those patients who are physically incapable of exercising on a treadmill, pharmacologic agents may be utilized to "mimic" some aspects of the body's natural response to exercise. Other forms on stress testing include; nuclear stress testing for more information regarding those studies please click the "Nuclear Imaging" title below.
Echocardiography (commonly called an "Echo") is a non-invasive diagnostic test which uses sonar (sound) waves to create an image of the patient’s heart on a ultrasound machine. The study helps determine the structure of the heart, size of the heart’s chambers, valve function and the overall strength or pumping function of the heart.
Colorado Heart Clinic provides a comprehensive Cardiac Device Clinic to routinely monitor your Pacemaker, Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator, and Reveal Linq devices.
Cardiac Catheterization is a procedure in which a narrow, flexible tube called a catheter is inserted through a blood vessel into the veins, arteries, and chambers of your heart. An injection of a special dye allows x-ray pictures (angiograms) to show the outline of heart chambers and coronary arteries. A cardiac catheterization can record the blood pressure of the blood vessels of the lungs and heart. It can also measure blood flow and oxygen content of the blood in different parts of the heart.
A catheterization may be performed for several reasons. This test is the best way to study the coronary arteries and any blockage that may be present in those arteries due to Coronary Artery Disease. A catheterization may be done to see if you need coronary angioplasty (stenting) or open-heart surgery. Sometimes people with artificial heart valves require catheterization to see how the valve and the rest of the heart is working.
Following a cardiac catheterization, sometimes patients require stenting of a blocked coronary artery. These stents are placed in the blocked vessel using another similar catheter. Once placed over the appropriate area, the stent is deployed to restore blood flow. Many of these stents are coated in drugs to prevent further blockages. If you do have a drug-eluting stent placed, it is imperative that you continue to take your prescribed medications regularly and follow up with your doctor's office.
Patients who have been placed on the blood thinner Coumadin (Warfarin) for various conditions require frequent monitoring of their INR level to assure that they are taking the appropriate dose of this medication. Conditions that require Coumadin include irregular heart rhythms, such as Atrial Fibrillation, or Prosthetic (artificial) valves.
Colorado Heart Clinic provides this service in our office with simple finger stick technology. We offer a very flexible schedule and provide results prior to leaving the office. Some patients may also have this monitored at their primary care provider’s office if preferred by their doctor.
Holter monitors are worn for 24-48 hours for continuous cardiac monitoring. This test is often ordered for patients who experience palpitations, dizziness, or fainting spells. Event monitors are worn up to 30 days to evaluate your heart’s rhythm. These devices include a small cell phone sized recorder and three EKG leads (wires). You will be set with your cardiac monitoring device in our office and instructed on use. In addition, many of these devices automatically record any abnormal heart rhythm, whether or not your experience symptoms. This data is then interpreted by our physicians to provide useful diagnostic information.
At Colorado Heart Clinic, we understand the importance of cardiac prevention with lifestyle modification, medication use, and periodic testing. Our preventative cardiology services include cholesterol management, blood pressure evaluation and treatment, and Coumadin titration based on INR levels, which can be tested in our office. Periodic follow-up visits with our providers is another important part of preventing the progression of cardiac disease.
Nuclear imaging is another helpful diagnostic tool that uses very small amounts of radioactive materials and a special gamma camera to produce images that demonstrate how organs function.
A nuclear stress test may detect heart problems early, sometimes even before symptoms of disease appear. It is also an important tool for monitoring patients with known coronary artery disease. By performing the test on a periodic basis with comparison to previous studies, we can identify and assess changes in cardiac circulation during the "stress" of exercise.
The nuclear stress test uses a radioactive isotope, which is administered intravenously one hour prior to the test and at peak exercise. The complex imaging machine then generates views of the heart at rest and at "stress," following exercise or the administration of a pharmacologic agent for those who are unable to exercise on a treadmill.
For more information regarding these studies, please click on the Home page then scroll to the bottom of the page and click the appropriate form.