At Coastal Heart Institute, Dr. Charles Drake and the staff of nurses and technicians are committed to providing quality care to each patient to improve heart health as well as life-saving care to those with heart disease, the nation’s number one killer. Dr. Drake prides himself on the art of medicine, mixing the latest technology with years of experience. Dr. Drake ensures his patients are receiving high-quality care in a personalized environment.
Coastal Heart Institute offers the latest treatments and technology to improve your heart health. We offer a wide range of in-office diagnostic testing and invasive and rehab services for any heart condition.
An echocardiogram (echo) is an imaging test that uses harmless sound waves to check your heart. Echo testing shows how well your heart muscle and valves are working. It also shows how large your heart is. A transducer – a device that looks like a small rod – is used to bounce sound waves off your heart. A computer changes the sound waves into images that are seen on a monitor. These images help Dr. Drake evaluate your heart and plan any treatment or other tests that may be needed. An echo test is painless and very safe.
An electrocardiogram or EKG is a basic screening test to determine if there are any problems with your heart and arteries. An EKG is typically used in conjunction with an echocardogram. It is a painless test that typically only takes a few minutes. During an EKG, you will be asked to lie down while a dozen small, sticky patches, called electrodes, are attached to your chest, arms and legs. While you lie still, your heart’s electrical current will be recorded so Dr. Drake can determine your heart’s pumping pattern and if your heart is beating too fast, too slow, or irregularly.
Heart palpitations are a "racing" or fluttering sensation of the heart. Some people may feel like their heart skips or adds a beat and takes their breath away for a second or two. For patients that experience heart palpitations, we can perform a holter monitor. A holter monitor is a portable device that records the rhythm of the heart continuously for 24 to 48 hours. Electrodes will be attached to your chest and feed your heart's rhythm into the monitor. Wearing a holter monitor is painless and most patients report no problems sleeping with the monitor. The results from wearing a holter monitor will help Dr. Drake determine any treatment or further tests needed.