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Advanced Tools for Heart & Vascular Diagnosis

Accurate diagnosis is the first step in caring for heart and vascular conditions. At Reston Hospital Center, we emphasize the importance of early detection and use a wide range of advanced diagnostic tools to pinpoint the problem–quickly and accurately, so your care can start as soon as possible.

Your First Choice for Heart & Vascular Diagnosis

When you suspect a heart attack, a fast, precise diagnosis is critical. Reston Hospital's accredited Chest Pain Center is the only one of its kind in Northern Virginia, providing the highest level of care from the onset of symptoms through diagnosis and treatment. We apply this same level of care to all our diagnostic services, emphasizing the importance of early detection.

Our Cardiovascular Diagnostic Services

With a focus on highly precise diagnosis and patient safety, we offer the most advanced diagnostic tools and services for cardiovascular care, including:

  • Around-the-clock Cardiac Catheterization Lab staffed by skilled specialists who can diagnose and often treat heart conditions on the spot. Our lab is equipped with:
    • Philips Allura Xper FD20, a fully digital advanced X-ray system designed for precise cardiac imaging and patient comfort
    • Built-in 64-slice, low-dose CT (computed tomography) for 3-D anatomy images of the heart and blood vessels for the highest level of accuracy during procedures
    • Advanced MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) including the only 3T MRI in Northern Virginia–offering high-speed, high-definition imaging and open-MRI for patients who may feel claustrophobic during traditional MRI
  • Two fully equipped peripheral vascular labs, featuring advanced imaging technology such as the GE Innova IQ Plus. This technology provides your doctor with a clear view of the vascular field, resulting in more reliable detection and treatment and less exposure to radiation.
  • Electrophysiology (EP) lab for diagnosing and treating heart rhythm disorders

Your cardiovascular care at Reston Hospital may involve one or more of the following services:

  • Angiography – Uses X-rays to create images of the inside of vessels surrounding the heart
  • Echocardiography (ECHO) (color flow, Doppler, intraoperative, stress, transesophageal [TEE]) – Uses noninvasive ultrasound imaging to detect weaknesses in the heart's rhythm and function
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG) – Measures the electrical activity of the heart
  • Electrophysiology – Studies the heart's electrical system to diagnose and treat abnormal heart rhythms
  • Graded exercise tolerance testing – Compares heart circulation at rest with heart circulation at different levels of exertion
  • Heart catheterization – Uses a small catheter tube and X-rays to see inside the heart and blood vessels
  • Holter monitoring – Records the heart's electrical signals through electrodes attached to the chest
  • PET scanning/nuclear (molecular) medicine and Cardiolite® stress testing – Use small amounts of radioactive material to assess blood flow and other cardiac activity
  • Stress tests – Use medications or measured activity to assess heart activity under stress
  • Tilt testing – Helps determine the cause of fainting (syncope)
  • Vascular testing – Employs a comprehensive range of noninvasive procedures to determine blood flow and circulation or blockages in vessels outside the heart
  • 4-D and color ultrasound – Uses high-frequency sound waves to create video images of the heart, blood vessels and tissue; often used for fetal heart imaging

Minutes Matter When Heart Attack Strikes

Reston Hospital Center offers fast, specialized emergency heart care that makes a critical difference when minutes matter. Our accredited Chest Pain Center consistently delivers results that are significantly better than the national standards for heart attack treatment times. Trust your heart to the cardiac experts at Reston Hospital.