Westside Medical Associates of Los Angeles





Our Services

The cardiologists of WMALA invest in proven technologies that enhance their ability to diagnose and treat the entire range of cardiovascular diseases.

  • Echocardiography with or without stress testing and Doppler imaging:  noninvasive assessment of heart function and anatomy using sound waves (acoustic energy).  This includes evaluation of the function of the ventricles (pumping chambers) and valve structures, the size of the heart chambers and the presence of inflammation or fluid around the heart. 

  • Carotid duplex scanning: uses sound waves to evaluate the arteries to the brain for the presence of any blockages.

  • Lower extremity arterial and venous duplex and reflux scanning: uses sound waves to determine the presence of blockages in the arteries and veins of your legs that may cause symptoms such as claudication, swelling or pain.

  • Nuclear stress myocardial perfusion imaging: uses small doses of a nuclear imaging agent to help identify potential blockages in the coronary arteries.  This exam may be performed in patients with chest pain or shortness of breath or in follow-up of patients that have undergone procedures to open arteries such as coronary angioplasty or stenting. 

  • Enhanced counter pulsation therapy (ECP): has been shown to be beneficial in patients who suffer from congestive heart failure and angina (chest discomfort) related to blockages in the coronary arteries. The treatment protocol calls for a series of 35 visits one-hour visits, five days a week for seven week course that leads to the development of new channels for blood flow or collaterals.

  • Ankle: Brachial Index:  Uses a sophisticated series of blood pressure cuffs around the arms and legs to determine the presence or absence of arterial blockages that can cause leg pains with activity (claudication).

  • Pacemaker Insertion and follow-up: In order to maintain optimal performance of your pacemaker or internal defibrillator, we conduct regularly scheduled examinations and maintenance of these devices.

  • 64-slice Cardiac CT: This special, life saving technology uses state of the art CT imaging to diagnose with very high accuracy the presence of blockages in the coronary and other arteries in patients with and without symptoms.  Please ask our staff or physicians for further information regarding this examination.

  • MRI and PET scan imaging: are advanced imaging modalities also used to assess heart function (muscle and valve function) and for blockages in the coronary and carotid arteries as well as blood flow to the lower extremities and kidneys.  These modalities also have can also be used to determine the malignant potential of lesions found on other imaging examinations. MRI technology is also very useful to diagnose silent strokes, causes of back pain and Alzheimer’s disease. Since MRI does not lead to exposure to any radiation, it can also be used to screen for certain difficult to diagnose cancers such as pancreatic and ovarian.

  • Nutrition: We provide nutrition advice that is practical and easy to implement. The key is to learn what works for your body so you not only lose weight, but keep it off.

  • Personalized Health Program

  • Pre Operative Cardiac Clearance


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