Onsite Testing Specialist

Craig R. Peterson, MD -  - Cardiologist

Eastern Shore Heart Center

Craig R. Peterson, MD

Cardiologist located in Fairhope, AL

When it comes to your heart, there’s no such thing as a casual approach, which is why finding a cardiologist who uses the latest diagnostic tools is paramount. At Eastern Shore Heart Center in Fairhope, Alabama, Dr. Craig Peterson offers the most up-to-date imaging and testing equipment to diagnose and treat your heart problems accurately. If you suspect you may have an issue with your heart, or you’ve been diagnosed with one, call or make an appointment online.

Onsite Testing Q & A

Why do I need onsite testing?

One of the best ways for a cardiologist to determine whether your heart has an issue is to perform a series of tests to measure your:

  • Heart rate and rhythms
  • Blood flow
  • Electrical activity

Your heart is solely responsible for delivering oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood throughout your body. If there’s any interruption in this all-important endeavor, Dr. Peterson needs to find out where the breakdown is occurring so he can work to solve it.

When it comes to your heart, expediency is key. By offering onsite testing, Dr. Peterson can save you valuable time when it comes to your heart health. Instead of going from testing site to testing site, Dr. Peterson can perform everything necessary from his center.

What testing does Dr. Peterson offer?

Eastern Shore Heart Center offers the following onsite testing:

Treadmill Stress Testing

This is a straightforward test where you walk or run on a treadmill while you’re hooked up to EKG, allowing Dr. Peterson to monitor your heart while it works.

Nuclear Stress Testing

This test measures blood flow to your heart while you’re at rest. The nuclear test provides images of areas of low blood flow.

Echocardiogram

This exam creates a picture of your heart using 2D, 3D, or Doppler ultrasound.

Carry along event recorders

These are portable recording devices that monitor your heart rate and rhythms throughout the day.

Ambulatory electrocardiographic monitoring (or Holter monitoring)

This portable device measures your heart’s electrical activity as you go about your daily routine.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening

This is a painless procedure that provides Dr. Peterson with an ultrasound of your abdominal aorta.

Armed with these tools, Dr. Peterson leaves no stone unturned when it comes to diagnosing and monitoring your heart problems.

Does Dr. Peterson offer other diagnostic tools?

In addition to the testing and imaging equipment, Dr. Peterson relies heavily on bloodwork for screening and diagnosing heart problems. Working up your blood gives him valuable information on your:

  • Cholesterol levels
  • Glucose levels
  • C-reactive protein levels, which indicate inflammation

Of course, the tried and true blood pressure check also plays an important role and is often the first thing Dr. Peterson performs when you come in.

To learn more about the comprehensive, onsite testing at Eastern Shore Heart Center, call or schedule an appointment using the online booking tool.