Because cardiac and vascular conditions often do not present symptoms until later in the disease process, we recommend keeping a routine and watchful eye on your condition. Work with your cardiologist to determine your routine of scheduled serial testing of your condition.
Serial testing includes:
- Echocardiogram (ECHO): A non-invasive test that uses high-frequency sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart chambers, valves and major blood vessels.
- Computed tomography (CT scan): An imaging procedure that uses X-rays and computer technology to produce horizontal, or axial, images
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): A test that provides detailed images of the heart chambers and valves, including four-dimensional MRI
- Dual-source 64-slice computed tomography (CT) angiography: A test that divides the aorta into thousands of visualized slices producing near-perfect, three-dimensional, high-quality diagnostic images of the heart anatomy
By closely monitoring the progress of your disease, your cardiologist can assess changes and detect complications that may require surgery.
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial HospitalGalter Pavilion, Nineteenth Floor, Suite 100675 N. Saint Clair St.Chicago, IL 60611placePhone 312.NM.HEART (664.3278)
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Lake Forest Hospital1000 N. Westmoreland RoadMain EntranceLake Forest, IL 60045placePhone 847.534.3278
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute at Central DuPage Hospital25 N. Winfield RoadWinfield, IL 60190place