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Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the United States. Statistically a person's lifetime risk of a heart attack or stroke is approximately 60%. Internal Medicine of Southwest Florida analyzes each individual for this risk. Taking a personal and family history, combined with advanced lipid analysis, our physicians can assess an individual's risk for atherosclerosis. We at Internal Medicine of Southwest Florida use behavior modification as well as medication if indicated. Our personalized assessment helps us more clearly define the timing of intervention as well as a person's overall risk.

Cholesterol Management

Cholesterol disorders are closely linked to heart attack and stroke risk. IMSWF uses traditional and advanced cholesterol testing to evaluate your risk for this most common cause of suffering and death.

Diagnostic Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a safe, painless technology that can be used to image soft tissue, organs, the heart and blood vessels. We provide this service on site and find it can often quickly assist the physician in diagnosing numerous conditions. Our physicians interpret vascular studies. Radiology specialists from Florida Radiology Consultants interpret our patient's other ultrasound tests.

EKG (Electrocardiogram)

The electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) is useful to evaluate heart rate, rhythm and certain types of injury/abnormalities. It is often ordered to monitor certain medications as well. This common tool is readily available in each physician's office.

Holter Monitor

This test involves wearing heart monitor leads for a 24 hour period. This test can be useful to evaluate heart palpitations, rhythm, medications, and to screen for poor blood flow to the heart muscle. IMSWF uses Forest brand Holter Monitors.

Stress Testing/Nuclear Imaging

Stress Testing is ordered to evaluate for coronary artery disease (artery blockages). We provide this service at our office location. Questions regarding this procedure can be explained by your physician. Stress Testing can be done without the addition of Nuclear Cardiology Imaging, but the two are often combined to improve diagnostic accuracy.

Nuclear Cardiology Imaging includes Cardiolyte stress testing, MUGA testing and Persantine Cardiolyte testing. Cardiolyte is used to add diagnostic accuracy to treadmill stress testing. MUGA scanning is uses to assess heart muscle function. Persantine Cardiolyte testing is a technique that allows evaluation of the coronaries if a patient is unable to walk on a treadmill due to orthopedic or other physical limitations. All these advanced technologies are available on-site for our patients. This technology is performed and interpreted jointly with IMSWF and Florida Radiology Consultants.

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