Cardio-Vascular Testing and Evaluation 

By appointment Monday through Friday.  Appointments (805) 434-4399.

The Cardio-Vascular Department, with a skilled clinical staff and advanced technology, offers procedures designed to achieve optimal results. Our staff performs procedures in a timely, efficient and professional manner.


What is cardiac catheterization?

Cardiac catheterization is a non-surgical procedure that can be done on an outpatient basis. The procedure allows physicians to find out how well the heart and coronary arteries are working. To perform this procedure, a flexible tube called a catheter is inserted through a blood vessel and guided gently toward your heart. Coronary arteries, heart valves and chambers are then evaluated. Other blood vessels can also be assessed.

Why are cardiac procedures done?

You may have had cardiovasular symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pressure or pain, dizziness, palpitations, high blood pressure or passing out or other symptoms. Your physician may have found signs or symptoms which a catheterization may identify more precisely.


Non-invasive cardiovascular testing requires no radiation. On occasion, an IV  may be used for pharmacological testing. These procedures require about an hour to an hour and 30 minutes. No preparation is necessary, and there are no side effects.

Cardiac Testing

Cardiac Ultrasound, Cardiac Stress Testing, Exercise Echocardiograms and more.

Vascular Testing

Cerebral Vascular Evaluation, Peripheral Venous Evaluation, Peripheral Arterial Evaluation and more.