Cardiovascular Testing Specialist

Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists

Cardiovascular Specialists & Interventional Cardiologists located in Downriver Area, Southgate, MI

If you’re concerned about heart palpitations or shortness of breath, you can find comprehensive cardiovascular testing at Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists. The office in the Downriver area of Southgate, Michigan, has the latest testing technologies, including echocardiograms, nuclear stress testing, and Doppler ultrasounds, to accurately identify the cause of your symptoms. For cardiovascular testing, call Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists, or book an appointment online today.

Cardiovascular Testing Q & A

What is cardiovascular testing?

Cardiovascular testing describes a variety of noninvasive and minimally invasive tests the team at Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists uses to identify underlying cardiovascular diseases and disorders like:

  • Stroke
  • Arrhythmias
  • Valve dysfunction
  • Heart palpitations
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD)

Cardiovascular testing can also evaluate how well blood is flowing through your arteries and veins.

Why would I need cardiovascular testing?

You might need cardiovascular testing to diagnose the cause of unexplained symptoms that might indicate you have a cardiovascular condition.

The team at Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists might recommend one or more cardiovascular tests to diagnose symptoms like:

  • Dizziness
  • Leg pain
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Limb numbness or weakness

Cardiovascular testing might also be part of your preventive health care plan for the early diagnosis of cardiovascular disease if you have risk factors like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, a history of smoking, or a family history of heart disease.

What are the available cardiovascular testing services?

The team at Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists offers a variety of on-site testing services to evaluate your cardiovascular health and function, including:


An echocardiogram (echo) uses sound waves to create detailed images of your heart. An echo can also provide information about how your heart is beating and pumping blood.

Electroencephalogram (EEG)

An EEG uses small electrodes that attach to your scalp to test the electrical activity in your brain. An EEG can diagnose brain damage, brain tumors, and stroke.

Doppler ultrasound

A Doppler ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to evaluate the flow of blood through different vessels. 

The Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists offer in-office carotid, arterial, and vascular Doppler ultrasounds to identify blood clots, poor valve function, or blocked or narrowed arteries.

Nuclear testing

Nuclear testing of the heart involves injecting a radioactive tracer into your blood. A special camera follows the tracer as it makes its way to your heart and takes pictures to evaluate blood flow.

Nuclear testing can identify coronary heart disease and damaged muscle tissue and detect issues with how well your heart is pumping blood.

Holter monitor

A Holter monitor is a portable electrocardiogram device that you wear for up to 72 hours. The monitor records information about your heart’s rhythm to identify arrhythmias and other heart issues.

Ankle-brachial index (ABI)

ABI testing checks for peripheral artery disease (PAD) by comparing the blood pressure in your ankle with the blood pressure in your arm.

To learn more about the available options for cardiovascular testing, schedule a consultation online or by calling Downriver Heart and Vascular Specialists today.