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Early and accurate diagnosis is essential for the proper management of patients at risk for cardiovascular diseases. That’s why Prima CARE has two state-of-the-art laboratories -- a Cardiac Testing lab and a Non-Invasive Vascular lab -- which both provide an extensive array of cardiac tests to the Fall River community.
Interventional cardiology is a subspecialty of cardiology that uses special imaging tools to evaluate the blood flow and pressure of the heart. It includes the diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease, vascular disease and acquired structural heart disease.
Interventional cardiologists have advanced training in the management of cardiovascular disease. They use their specialized skills to provide non-surgical, catheter-based diagnosis and treatments. A catheter, which is a small, flexible tube, is used to repair damaged vessels, narrowed arteries, and make other necessary repairs to weakened areas of the heart. This is known as cardiac catheterization.
Yes. The Prima CARE Cardiac Testing Laboratory is a spacious, state-of-the art facility that uses leading-edge diagnostic testing, as well as the most advanced nuclear camera and digital echocardiographic equipment. Our lab was one of the first in Massachusetts to obtain dual accreditation in Nuclear and Echocardiography. This specialized diagnostic facility is part of the Prima CARE, P.C. Fall River Diagnostic Center.
The Prima CARE Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory is a specialized diagnostic facility that is part of our Center for Vascular Disease. It is fully accredited by the ICAVL (Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories) and uses state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment. All tests for peripheral vascular diseases are performed by vascular technologists who are registered with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.
A vascular ultrasound is a painless, non-invasive procedure that is used to examine circulation in the blood vessels. First, a water-soluble gel is applied to the skin’s surface over the area being examined. A wand-like device called a "transducer" is then gently applied against the skin. The transducer uses reflective sound waves to provide information about the anatomy of organs and blood vessels.