Heart and Vascular
Shawn Carter's heart was beating out of control. And he had run out of options. "There were no doctors left in California who would touch me," Carter said, recalling the time last summer when his heart went into numerous bouts of ventricular tachycardia (VT) beating up to 180 times per minute.
The physicians of the University of Chicago Medicine Cardiac Imaging Center use the most advanced noninvasive and minimally invasive approaches to see inside the heart, figure out what is wrong and determine the best way to fix it. Our specialists are not only expert interpreters of cardiac imaging studies, but they also train others to perform and read the studies. Echocardiogram (echo) A valuable tool for diagnosing many types of heart disease, echo uses sound waves to check the heart’s structure, movements and blood flow. Our physicians pioneered three-dimensional echo as well as the use of safe contrast agents for improving image quality.
What are the treatment options for advanced heart failure? We can help patients who have damaged or weakened hearts with medication, pacemaker/defibrillators, rehabilitation, therapy and lifestyle changes. But the disease eventually progresses and the heart can no longer pump enough blood to meet the needs for the body.