Echocardiography or an “echo” uses sound waves to create images of the heart. During this procedure, a technologist uses a hand-held scanning device that creates digital images for a cardiologist to review.

These images help the cardiologist learn more about heart size and function, including the chambers and valves. Sometimes this is performed both prior to and after stress testing to improve detection of coronary artery blockages.

Nuclear Cardiology

Also referred to as a “nuclear stress test” or “stress cardiolite” study, nuclear cardiac imaging is used in conjunction with stress testing to improve the detection of coronary artery blockages.

This image allows the cardiologist to detect coronary artery blockages by looking for past and potential future heart muscle damage.

Stress Testing

Cardiac stress tests such as Adenosine stress testing can tell your doctor if your heart is being adversely affected by your day-to-day stresses.

At Affinity Hear Care, stress tests are performed by our medical professionals in order to obtain an assessment of the amount of real-world stress (physical stress) your heart can handle before indicating evidence of irregular heart rhythm or ischemia (insufficient blood flow to the heart).

Cardiac Catheterization / Invasive Coronary Angiogram

Performed by a cardiologist at the Morristown or Somerset medical center, a catheter is inserted through a small hole in the femoral artery and advanced through the aorta to the heart and is used to inject x-ray dye into the heart and coronary arteries and to measure pressures inside the heart.

This procedure is performed under light sedation.

Coronary Angioplasty / Stenting

If a cardiologist discovers a severe coronary artery blockage while performing a cardiac catheterization (angiogram), he or she may decide to open the blockage with angioplasty.

During this procedure, the cardiologist inserts a special balloon-tipped catheter into the blockage and inflates the balloon to open the artery.

This procedure is done at the Morristown or Somerset medical center.

Vascular Ultrasound / Testing

Ultrasound is the primary test for peripheral vascular disease. This is a non-invasive and completely painless way for your doctor to assess the blood flow through important arteries.

This procedure does not require the needles, dyes, radiation, or anesthesia.


Non-invasive procedures help patients with suspected or known heart and/or vascular conditions

These procedures are done in our office and do not cause discomfort and is not complicated.

Blood Pressure monitoring
Stress Echocardiography
Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
Exercise Stress Test
Holter Monitoring
Nuclear Stress Test
Pacemaker Interrogation
…And more

Interventional / Invasive

Interventional procedures diagnose and treat diseases related to coronary artery, vascular, etc. where as the invasive procedures use open or minimally-invasive surgery to identify / treat  structural or electrical abnormalities.

Invasive procedures are done at the Morristown Medical Center of the RWJ University Hospital at Somerset.

Cardiac Catheterization
Balloon Angioplasty
Coronary Atherectomy
Coronary Stenting
Peripheral Angiogram
… And more