Tests and Procedures

Diagnostic Testing

Appropriate diagnostic tests are performed at the Vasek Polak Cardiovascular Institute according to a patient's risk factors, health history and symptoms. These tests can determine if heart disease is present or, if it is present, to understand the complexity of the disease. Our cardiology department, now housed in the Outpatient Diagnostic Center includes two dedicated rooms for stress treadmill tests, two rooms for Echo tests and two physician reading and interpretation stations. Tests can include:

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
  • Echocardiogram (Echo)
  • Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)
  • Tilt Table Test
  • Electrophysiology Study
  • Cardiac Catheterization (also called Coronary Angiogram)
  • Ultrasound (IVUS)
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scan
  • Thallium Scans
  • Myocardial Perfusion Scans
  • MUGA Scans/Radionuclide Angiography (RNA) Scans

Interventional Diagnostic and Treatment

Depending on the results of the diagnostic tests, cardiologists may recommend changes in diet or physical activity, prescribe medication, recommend one or more cath lab interventional procedures, or refer the patient to a cardiovascular surgeon for bypass surgery. The cardiologists and specially trained nurses and technicians in interventional cardiology are committed to providing exceptional interventional diagnostic and treatment services performed at Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance for patients and referring physicians. Interventional procedures include:

  • Coronary Angioplasty
  • Atherectomy
  • Valvuloplasty
  • Coronary Stenting

Heart Surgery

Whether you're anticipating complex surgery or a simple outpatient procedure, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance offers a full range of surgical services:

  • Cardiopulmonary Bypass
  • Coronary Artery Bypass (CABG)
  • Minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass (MIDCAB)
  • Off Pump Coronary Artery Bypass (OPCAB)
  • Pacemaker
  • Valve Replacement

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