Patient Care

Our staff members have access to the latest medical equipment and participates in continuing education to provide our patients with the best care possible.

The Midlands' Only Heart Center Affiliated With Duke Health

Allied with Duke, a Global Heart Care Leader

To offer the best cardiovascular services available, we partnered with Duke Heart Center, a nationwide leader in cardiovascular diagnosis, treatment and research. Because of that, our patients can count on receiving the most advanced treatment medicine has to offer.

Cardiac Consultations

Assessing Your Cardio Health

Cardiovascular disease is the product of genetics and lifestyle choices. Each visit will include a cardiac evaluation so your doctor can understand your medical, family, social and medication history.

Heart Catheterizations

Detailed Heart Diagnoses

Cardiac catheterization offers a detailed heart diagnosis by making the chambers of the heart viewable through x-ray.

  • Echocardiograms

    What is it?

    We use an ultrasound machine to take pictures of your heart and diagnose cardiovascular disease.

    What should I expect during the echo screening?

    The echo will take about 40 minutes. You’ll be asked to remove your shirt so we can place the probes directly on the skin over your heart. We’ll record a video of your heart function and measure how your heart functions.

    Where does the screening take place?

    We have two ICAEL-accredited labs – one at our downtown Columbia office, and one at our West Columbia office. Both are staff with a certified echo technologist. You can see your cardiologist the same day as your echo screening so you can discuss questions and results immediately afterward.

  • Nuclear Stress Testing

    What is it?

    We stimulate the heart to see how it responds to external stress. This test best diagnoses heart disease from a certain area of the heart experiencing reduced blood supply.

    Who should get a nuclear stress test?

    Those who have abnormal ECG’s, strong family history is ischemic heart disease, or hypertension.

    What should I expect during the test?

    The test will take 4 to 6 hours to complete. We’ll inject your heart with nuclear isotope so we can use the nuclear camera to take images of your heart at rest. Then we’ll have you walk or run on the treadmill and inject more nuclear isotope. When you get off the treadmill, we’ll give you a return time, 1 to 2 hours later, so we can take images of your heart post-exercise.    

    Where does the test take place?

    We have two ICANL-accredited labs – one at our downtown Columbia office, and one at our West Columbia office. One of our three certified nuclear technologists will give you the test. You can schedule to see your doctor the same day, or one of our nuclear nurses will call you the day after with your results.

  • Vascular Studies

    What is it?

    We take an ultrasound of your main arteries to identify blockages (clots), narrowing of the vessels (stenosis), and enlargement (aneurysms).

    What should I expect during the test?

    The test will about 45 minutes to complete. We’ll ask you to lie face up on the exam table, and we’ll apply a clear water-based gel and take images of the area we’re looking at.   

    Where does the test take place?

    We have two vascular labs – one at our downtown Columbia office, and one at our West Columbia office. Both are staff with a certified vascular technologist. You can see your cardiologist on the same day so you can discuss questions and results immediately afterward.

  • Pacemakers and Defibrillators

    What is a pacemaker?

    A pacemaker is a small device in the upper chest that helps control your heart rate through electric pulses.

    What is a defibrillator?

    A defibrillator, or ICD, is a small device in the chest that helps control fast heart rates and irregular through electric pulses. All defibrillators have a built-in pacemaker.

    Where can I get care for my pacemaker or defibrillator?

    We have two full-service follow up device clinics – one at our downtown Columbia office and one at our West Columbia office. We follow our patients with a state-of-the-art computerized database and device programmers from all major manufacturers. Remote follow up with many device companies means we can provide you ongoing care for your device with fewer actual visits to our office.

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  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

    What is it?

    TAVR is an innovative procedure that allows a new aortic valve to be placed in the heart while it is still beating.

    Who is it for?

    TAVR is for those we have severe aortic stenosis and are not eligible for traditional open heart surgery due to their age, history of heart disease, or other health issues.

    What are the benefits?

    TAVR doesn’t require open heart surgery, so patients have shorter hospital stays and return to their normal activities more quickly.

    Who can I contact?

    For questions about TAVR, call Kristen Buchwald, Heart Valve Program Coordinator, at 803-791-2318.

In-Hospital Procedures

  • Cardiac Ablation
  • Electrophysiology
  • Coronary Stenting
  • Coronary Angioplasty
  • Peripheral Vascular Intervention
  • Bi-V ICD/Pacemaker Implantations
  • Atrial Septal Defect Closure