St. Joseph’s/Candler offers cardiology, vascular imaging to patients in Savannah, Hinesville and Bluffton
If your physician recommends a non-invasive imaging test of your heart or vascular system, St. Joseph’s/Candler has three regional locations that perform a variety of exams.
SJ/C Cardiology Imaging - Candler Hospital
5354 Reynolds Street, Ste. 317 (The Professional Office Building on the Candler Hospital campus)
Savannah, Ga. 31405
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed daily from noon to 1 p.m.)
SJ/C Cardiology Imaging – Hinesville
455 S. Main Street, Ste. 102
Hinesville, Ga. 31313
SJ/C Cardiology Imaging – Bluffton
10-A Oak Forest Road
Bluffton, SC 29910
We provide a number of non-invasive tests at our three outpatient locations. (The midtown Savannah location does test inpatients at Candler Hospital.)
An echocardiogram (echo) is an imaging test that uses harmless sound waves to check your heart. Echo testing shows how well your heart muscle and valves are working. It also shows how large your heart is. A transducer – a device that looks like a small rod – is used to bounce sound waves off your heart. A computer changes the sound waves into images that are seen on a monitor. Depending on what information your doctor needs, you may have one of several types of echocardiograms. Each type is painless and safe.
A stress echo, also called an exercise stress test, records your heartbeat while you walk on a treadmill or ride a stationary bike. This test helps your doctor evaluate how well your heart and blood vessels are working. It also measures the strength of your heart after a heart attack or surgery. If you are unable to exercise, you may get an injection of a medication to make your heart pump as hard as if you were exercising.
(Stress echos are not available in Bluffton or Hinesville.)
A transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) is an alternative way to perform an echocardiogram. It is a semi-invasive procedure in that the probe contains an ultrasound transducer at its tip, which is then passed into the patient's esophagus. This allows image and Doppler evaluation which can be recorded. It is commonly used if a clearer image is needed to assess the heart.
(TEEs are not available in Bluffton or Hinesville.)
An electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) s a basic screening to determine if there are any problems with your heart and arteries. An EKG is typically used in conjunction with an echo test. It is a painless test that typically only takes a few minutes. During an EKG, you will be asked to lie down while a dozen small, sticky patches, called electrodes, are attached to your chest, arms and legs. While you lie still, your heart’s electrical current will be recorded to determine your heart’s pumping pattern and if your heart is beating too fast, too slow or irregularly. EKGs are common and painless tests used to quickly detect heart problems and monitor the heart’s health.
For patients that experience heart palpitations, we can give you a holter monitor. A holter monitor is a portable device that records the rhythm of the heart continuously for 24 to 48 hours. Electrodes will be attached to your chest and feed your heart's rhythm into the monitor. Wearing a holter monitor is painless and most patients report no problems sleeping with the monitor.
Vascular ultrasound is a non-invasive ultrasound method used to examine the blood circulation in the arms and legs. During a vascular ultrasound, sound waves are transmitted through the tissue of the area being examined. Our vascular imaging includes five specific tests:
- Renal ultrasound
- Venous Doppler for lower and upper extremities
- Arteria duplex for lower and upper extremities
- Duplex ultrasound
- AAA - Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
- ABIs with and without exercise
(Vascular imaging services are not available in Hinesville.)