Presbyterian Heart and Vascular Care’s cardiologists (also known as heart doctors) care for disorders of the heart. Our heart specialists diagnose and treat congenital heart defects, heart failure, coronary disease, valvular heart disease, electrophysiology, and more – all at convenient locations throughout New Mexico.
At Presbyterian Heart and Vascular Care, we take a unique approach to acquiring, processing and interpreting your cardiac imaging study.
Whether you need a simple diagnostic test or require a more complex examination, we use advanced technology to capture images of the heart. These images allow cardiologists to make accurate diagnoses of the underlying heart condition and determine the best treatment for you.
A Comprehensive, Multidisciplinary Approach
A multidisciplinary cardiac team reviews all test results. This team approach helps us accurately identify and address any underlying condition that you may have. The team includes experts in the treatment and long-term management of many types of heart conditions.
Our team members will promptly and comprehensively discuss their findings and recommendations directly with your heart doctor to ensure that you receive quality care.
Cardiac Imaging Tests and Procedures
If you are in need of cardiac imaging, we offer several tests and procedures, including:
Echocardiography: This cardiac ultrasound evaluates the function of the heart valves, the size of the heart's four chambers and the effectiveness of heart muscle contraction.
Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE): This test passes an endoscopic echo probe into the esophagus to give more detailed images of the heart so we can identify complex cardiac conditions.
Nuclear Stress Testing: After you take certain medications, this test measures blood flow to your heart muscle at rest and during physical activity.
Carotid Doppler: This ultrasound test shows how well blood is flowing through the carotid arteries, which supply blood to the brain.
Arterial and Venous Duplex Ultrasound: This study uses Doppler ultrasound with real-time ultrasound imaging to see how blood moves through the arteries and veins.
Approximately 5 million Americans are living with heart failure and its incidence is on the rise. While there is no known cure for heart failure, recent medical advances, including evidence-based treatment options and sophisticated implantable devices, provide patients with improved quality of life and greater life expectancy.
The Heart Failure Clinic in the Presbyterian Heart Group offers an integrated approach to the treatment of cardiomyopathy and heart failure.
Our highly skilled, multidisciplinary team works collaboratively to develop a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan to help you understand and manage your condition and improve your prognosis.
Our comprehensive disease management program offers:
- Collaborative treatment of patients with adult congenital heart conditions who also have heart failure, by working closely with the congenital cardiologists
- Disease management, including a detailed treatment plan to manage your disease and control symptoms
- Evaluation and treatment of cardiomyopathy and other rare cardiac conditions
- Evaluation and treatment of pulmonary hypertension
- Evaluation for advanced heart failure therapies, such as ventricular assist devices (VADs) and heart transplantation
- Extensive heart failure education
We offer a variety of treatment options including:
Adult Congenital Heart Disease
Until recently, adults with congenital heart disease have not had access to a comprehensive congenital heart center offering coordinated care focusing on their unique needs. The team members at Presbyterian Heart and Vascular Care are experts in congenital anomalies of the heart. Thanks to the extraordinary advances in cardiac surgery and noninvasive diagnosis during the past 50 years, more and more children with congenital heart disease have grown up, so we now have a record population of adults with congenital heart disease and the complications that accompany it. Today, there are approximately one million adults with adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) in the United States and about one percent of the population is born with a congenital defect.