Whether you need an echocardiogram, exercise stress test, heart function test or heart monitoring, these services are available at our Staples clinic. Lakewood partners with Allina Health Minneapolis Heart Institute (MHI) cardiology providers who work directly with you and your primary care provider to manage all aspects of your care.
Our MHI team of cardiology specialists include:
- Tim Dirks, MD: General cardiologist
- Peter Stokman, MD: General cardiologist
- Jason Vang-Erickson, CNP
To find out more about MHI and learn about overall heart health, visit their website.
Tests & Diagnosis
An echocardiogram is a test performed to view the structures of your heart using high frequency sound waves way beyond the range of hearing. The test helps determine the size, motion and function of the various structures within your heart.
A nuclear stress test uses radioactive dye and an imaging machine to create pictures showing the blood flow to your heart. The test measures blood flow while you are at rest and are exerting yourself, showing areas with poor blood flow or damage in your heart.
An exercise treadmill test is performed to help diagnose heart disease, monitor your blood pressure response to exercise and to determine your exercise tolerance.
A stress echo test is done to evaluate the adequacy of blood supply to the heart muscle. This test has a greater accuracy in detecting significant coronary artery disease than an exercise treadmill test only. Comparisons of the resting and exercise images will assist the cardiologist in determining if your heart muscle is getting adequate blood supply.
A Holter monitor is a portable device that continuously analyzes and records the heart’s signaling for about 24-48 hours. An event monitor is another portable device that records the heart’s electrical activity when there are symptoms. It records the same information as an electrocardiogram (ECG), but for longer periods of time.
Cardiac computed tomography (CT) for Calcium Scoring uses special x-ray equipment to produce pictures of the coronary arteries to determine if they are blocked or narrowed by the buildup of plaque. This information can help evaluate if someone is at increased risk for a heart attack.