Walking Tour of Cardiology Technical Services at McFarland Clinic


The McFarland Clinic Cardiology department
in Ames provides care for patients with a number of heart-related problems, from acute
heart attack to various arrhythmias and/or chronic heart problems. In addition to office
consultations, the cardiology team offers technical services, such as pacemaker and
anti-coagulation clinics and a number of diagnostic tests performed in the office. Dr. Imran Dotani,
McFarland Clinic interventional cardiologist, takes us on a tour of the department and explains
how diagnostic tests aid in the care of patients. This is the cardiology clinic. We provide
different services here, as we mentioned about testings. We do blood testing for Coumadin
therapies in one of these rooms. This is our nuclear stress test room, in which we do stress
tests on patients. They come in. We inject medicine into their heart, which tags their
heart muscle, and we can tell how much blood is going to their heart muscle. And in this
one, there’s a camera that goes around automatically, taking picture of their heart. We perform
regular stress tests, on which a person is walking on a treadmill, and this is where
we actually give them the medicine to make sure that they are, to look at the heart muscle
through that camera. There is other methods of doing stress tests. One of these methods
is actually this treadmill and this specific machine, this machine actually gives us pictures
of the heart muscle and tells us if there is any blockages, or there is any valve problems.
This is called a “stress echo.” We also have the ability to perform stress tests in which,
as you can see, there is an echocardiogram going on. This is an ultrasound of the heart,
which provides us images of their valves and their heart muscle, and blood flow through
the heart. So, it’s a live image of the heart that we take to diagnose any problems. We
also perform vascular studies. Vascular systems are blood supply to the rest of the body,
and in this study, we would check blood pressures, as in this case of the legs, in which it tells
us if there is any blockages or decreased blood flow to that segment of the body. We
can do that with the legs, and similarly, we can do an ultrasound of the neck arteries
also. So, all these tests, along with as we mentioned about electrocardiograms or EKGs
that can be done in this, commonly done in patients who come see us. For more information
regarding the services of the McFarland Clinic Cardiology and Technical Services department,
please call (515) 239-4472, or visit us online at mcfarlandclinic.com.

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