Located adjacent to the West Wing Entrance
Our department is a comprehensive cardiovascular practice. We are committed to prevent and treat all elements of cardiovascular disease. We strive to bring the latest state-of-the-art cardiovascular care to our patients. We understand the rapid growth of cardiology and the ever-changing needs. Our physicians and nurse practitioners are dedicated to being lifelong learners on the "cutting edge" of cardiovascular medicine. Our goal has always been to treat patients with respect, empathy, and professionalism.
Our Nuclear Department & Echocardiography Lab is accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL).
As a unique part to the cardiology department we offer monthly lectures that cover all aspects of cardiovascular disease. These lectures are open to the entire community and have become a great way to empower our patients. Feel free to drop by and be added to the mailing list.
Raman Bhasin, MD
Ramanjit S. Bagga, MD
Christopher Darienzo, NP
Wendy Beckmann, NP
Office Phone Numbers
Hours by Appointment only, please call 631-425-2115
Monday thru Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Same day appointments available for medical emergencies
If you are a new patient please come to the office 15 minutes prior to your appointment to complete paperwork and to register. To reduce your waiting time you can download the new patient information package from the website. Please bring your insurance card and photo identification as well.
Please call and cancel at least 24 hours in advance to ensure that other patients in need of medical care can be seen.
EKG - Electrocardiogram
An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is a noninvasive test used to measure electrical activity in the heart. Electrical sensors called leads which are attached to predetermined positions on the arms, legs, and chest to record electrical activity and help assess heart function. It allows us to evaluate the electrical pattern of the heart which is sometimes the first indicator of heart disease.
Also non-invasive, allows us to evaluate the heart muscle and function. It allows us to evaluate the valves of the heart, as well. We can detect valve disorders, blood clots, previous heart attacks, possible infections, prior illnesses.
A more in depth look at the functioning of the heart muscle as it is contracting. Gives us a motion picture of the pumping.
64 Slice CT Scan
An electron beam computed tomography that looks at the coronary arteries for calcium- hardened plaque. It cannot detect soft plaques, which also cause problems. This gives us a calcium score.
It also looks at blood flow, valves, and structures around the heart.
No use of nuclear medicine. Used for patients that are at lower risk for coronary artery disease. This test uses the treadmill while evaluating the electrical pattern of the heart.
Nuclear Stress Testing
Here we use the treadmill for exercise and evaluate the electrical pattern as well as using nuclear medicine for images to look at the blood flow to areas of the heart.
Adenosine Nuclear Testing
This is designed for patients that for some reason are unable to walk on the treadmill. We use a medicine that mimics exercise or stresses the heart, with nuclear medicine and again evaluate images to see blood flow patterns.
All of these tests do not allow us to see the coronary arteries themselves. It gives us information, so we can infer a possibility of plaques causing a blockage.
The only way to see the actual blood flow through the arteries is with an angiogram.
Here we evaluate the blood flow of the carotid arteries that supply the brain. Plaque can build up here as well.
Holter Monitoring, Event Recorders, Cardionet Telemetry
Continuous reading of the electrical pattern of the heart.
This is used to detect arrythmias or irregular patterns in the electrical system of the heart.
Here we look at the aorta as it travels down through the abdomen. We evaluate for irregularities in the vessel itself for possible "bulging" or "out pouching" called an aneurysm.
LOWER EXTREMITY TESTING
Allows us to see the venous blood flow, blood returning back to the heart as well as look for clots. Here we evaluate varicose veins.
ABI/PVR (ankle/brachial index/pulse volume recordings)
Allows us a non invasive way to determine if peripheral arteries may have blockages. Not only coronary arteries can have blockage.
The following links take you to patient-friendly information provided by cardiologychannel.com, a physician-monitored resource.
Conditions to include:
- Aortic stenosis
- Atrial fibrillation
- Chest pain
- Congestive heart failure
- Heart attack
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Mitral regurgitation
- Obesity / overweight
- Stress and stress management