Cardiovascular Institute of Arizona



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What is a Nuclear Stress Test?
A nuclear stress test lets the doctor see how well blood flows through the heart and arteries while resting and then during physical exertion. This test can give information about the size of the heart's chambers, how well the heart is pumping blood and whether the heart has any muscle damaged. Nuclear stress tests can also give doctors information about a patient's arteries and whether they might be narrowed or blocked due to coronary artery disease.

What is a CT Angio?
Cardiac CTA, also known as Coronary CT Angiography, is a fast, non-invasive outpatient exam. A Coronary CTA is a heart-imaging test to determine if either fatty deposits or calcium deposits have built up in the coronary arteries, which supply blood to the heart muscle. It is the only non-invasive diagnostic test that detects calcified and more importantly, non-calcified (soft or vulnerable) plaques. It is these soft plaques that are more likely to cause heart attacks and sudden death.

What is a Calcium Score?
Calcium Scoring is another CT test that is able to determine calcium deposits in the coronary arteries without the use of contrast and is a great screening tool to determine your risk for cardiac disease. You are able to get your score in a matter of minutes.


PDF Document Downloads

Having Testing at Cardiovascular Institute
Nuclear Test - Patient Instructions
Nuclear Test - Medication List to be withheld Prior to Nuclear Test
CT Scan - Pre Coronary CT Scan Patient Instructions
CT Scan - Pre CT Scan with Contrast Patient Instructions

Heart Related Illnesses & Conditions
A Patient's Guide - Living with Heart Failure
A Patient's Guide High Blood Pressure
Understanding Peripheral Artery Disease of the Lower Extremities
A Patient's Guide to Understanding Atrial Fibrillation

Hospital Procedures
Pacemaker Implantation


Useful Links



American Heart Association


Women's Conditions Health Center
Women's health is an increasingly important field of medicine. Here you'll find in-depth articles on women's health issues such as chronic pelvic pain, fibroids, menstrual problems, and menopause.

Weight Control Health Center
Weight loss would boost the health of 2 in 3 Americans - the number who are overweight. Find information here on weight loss, diets, and treatments such as weight-loss drugs and bariatric surgery. Plus, get daily dieting support in our online support groups.

Smoking Cessation Health Center
Smoking is one of the most addictive habits, yet nearly half of Americans who once smoked eventually quit. To help you quit smoking, you'll find in-depth information here on successful smoking cessation techniques, nicotine patches, and other products.

Heart Disease Health Center
Heart disease affects an estimated 62 million Americans, more than any other illness. Find in-depth information here about heart disease, its symptoms, treatments, and prevention. Plus, get nutritional tips and lifestyle support on our message boards.

Healthy Women
Get the information on women's health issues that you need to avoid stress and stay active and vibrant.

Cholesterol Management Health Center
High cholesterol affects 42 million Americans, and 63 million more have borderline high cholesterol. Here you'll find in-depth articles about high cholesterol, low-cholesterol diets, cholesterol-lowering drugs, and other promising treatments.

Diabetes Health Center
Diabetes affects an estimated 17 million Americans, and the number rises each year. Find in-depth information here about diabetes prevention, diet, treatments, and research. Plus, find daily support and nutritional tips in our online message boards.


Accepted Insurances

  • AARP
    Abrazo Advantage
    Administrative Enterprises
    Arizona Foundation
    Banner Choice
    Beech Street
    Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Care First Health Plan of AZ
    Champus VA
    Choice Plus
    City of Mesa
    East Valley Network
    First Health
    Great West
  • Healthnet
    Mail Handlers
    Mercy Care Plan
    Metro Phoenix Network
    Mutual of Omaha
    One Health
    Phoenix Health Plan (PHP)
  • Phoenix Secure Hospital- Network
    Pinal/Gila, Ltc.
    Principal Financial
    Private Healthcare Systems- (PHCS)
    Railroad Medicare
  • SCAN
    Secure Horizons
    United Healthcare