HeartMasters Medical Associates. Dr. Ieon Dawson and Associates

Please view a list of services and test we offer at the office and at the hospital

Office Services

Cardiology Consultation

Patient Education with Emphasis on Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiac Disease Prevention

What To Expect

A Myocardial Perfusion Imaging treadmill test uses a radioactive substance (not a dye) to produce pictures of the heart muscle. The radioactive substance gives off a small amount of radiation, which can be seen with a special camera. The amount of radiation exposure during this test is very small and poses no health risk. This test will help the doctor determine if there are areas of the heart which do not receive enough blood supply due to coronary disease. This test takes approximately 4 ½ hours.

Patient Preparation

The patient will receive instructions on how to prepare for the test. Please avoid all caffeine and chocolate for 24 hours before the test. The patient must wear comfortable clothes, avoid certain medications, and cannot drink or eat after midnight the evening before the procedure.

Exercise Treadmill Stress Testing

What To Expect
The purpose of this test is to determine how your heart responds and evaluate your cardiovascular status. You will be asked to walk on a treadmill until you reach a "target" heart rate.

Patient Preparation
The patient will receive instructions on how to prepare for the test.

Echocardiography

What To Expect
An echocardiogram is an ultrasound, or soundwave, test of the heart. It is used to evaluate the size, thickness, and the pumping action of the heart. It can also help evaluate murmur, valve problems, or fluid around the heart.

Patient preparation
No special preparation is needed for this test. Wear two-piece clothing and allow approximately 1 hour for this procedure.

Holter Monitor

What To Expect
A Holter monitor is a device that is worn for 24-48 hours and records a patient's heart rate and rhythm.

Patient Preparation
It will take less than 30 minutes to hook up the recorder and give you instructions.

Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor (ABP)

What To Expect
An ABP is a device that is worn for 24-48 hours and records a patient's blood pressure.

Patient Preparation
It will take less than 30 minutes to hook up the recorder and give you instructions.

Event Monitor

What To Expect
An event monitor is a device that records a patient's heart and rhythm. You will keep the device for approximately 30 days.

Patient Preparation
It will take 30 minutes to hook up the recorder and give you instructions.

Pacemaker and Defibrillator Interrogation

What To Expect
A pacemaker is a device that helps the heart muscle pump, or contract, properly. It is powered by a battery. Patients are scheduled to get the interrogation done in our office.

Patient Preparation
The patient will be scheduled regularly depending on the device type. No special preparation is needed for this procedure.

Ankle Brachial Index (ABI)

What To Expect
An ABI is a test to check the circulation in your legs. This can help determine if there are any blockages that may cause pain during exercise.

Patient Preparation
Allow 45 minutes for both legs and wear two-piece clothing. Take all your regular medication, unless otherwise instructed by your physician.

Hospital Services

Cardiac Catheterization

What To Expect
Cardiac catheterizations allow a physician to examine a patient's heart for pumping function, check blockage in the arteries bringing blood to the heart, and measures pressure within the heart. Patient will be given special instructions before the procedure.

Patient Preparation
The patient will be given special instructions and more information regarding this procedure.

Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)

What To Expect
A TEE is a test, which uses a flexible tube that produces an ultrasound wave to create a picture of the heart from inside the esophagus and the stomach.

Patient preparation
Do not eat or drink for 6 hours before the test. Other instructions will be given before this procedure.