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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.
Blood testing for diabetes is readily available at IMSWF. Glucose tolerance testing is also a service we provide for those persons with questionable diabetes. A syndrome that carries equivalent vascular risk as diabetes known as the Metabolic Syndrome is something we are also very much aware of. Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome are strongly linked to heart attack and other blood vessel disease.
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.
Internal Medicine of Southwest Florida has been providing bone densitometry screening since approximately 1998. Bone densitometry is a simple x-ray test which provides a computerized image and measurement of bone density. Bone density correlates with the disease known as osteoporosis. The bone density test known as a DEXA scan is used to define/diagnose osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is very common in post-menopausal women. Treatment for osteoporosis has significantly diminished the incidence of fractures in patients on treatment. Current guidelines recommend men age 70 and over be screened for this disease as well.
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.