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Pradeep R. Nayak M.D.
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
average rating 4.2 stars (5 ratings)
1850 Town Center Parkway; 550
Reston, VA

Dr. Pradeep Nayak is a specialist in adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology. He works in Vienna, VA, Reston, VA, and Fairfax, VA. Dr. Nayak graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Jefferson University Hospitals. He has indicated that his clinical interests include heart problems and echocardiogram (echo). On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. He is in-network for United Healthcare HMO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Nayak has received the distinction of Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Super Doctors. Dr. Nayak (or staff) is conversant in Spanish and French. Dr. Nayak's professional affiliations include Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, StoneSprings Hospital Center, and Inova Loudoun Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Echocardiogram, Heart Problems

Dr. Dhaval R. Patel
Specializes in Adult Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology
1850 Town Center Parkway; #550
Reston, VA

Dr. Dhaval Patel's specialties are adult cardiology and nuclear cardiology. He practices in Reston, VA, Leesburg, VA, and Dulles, VA. His areas of expertise consist of heart problems, electrocardiogram (EKG), and echocardiogram (echo). Dr. Patel takes United Healthcare HMO, Coventry, Viant, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Tulane University School of Medicine and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. Dr. Patel (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Gujarati. Dr. Patel is affiliated with Inova Fair Oaks Hospital, StoneSprings Hospital Center, and Inova Loudoun Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Electrocardiogram, Echocardiogram, Heart Problems

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What is Nuclear Cardiology?

Nuclear cardiology is the use of safe, small amounts of radioactive material, called tracers, to take very accurate pictures or video of the heart. Nuclear cardiology can not only provide excellent images of the heart muscle, but it can also tell doctors about the function and health of the heart. That is to say, nuclear cardiology doesn’t just examine what the heart looks like, it sees how well the heart muscle is working. It’s very useful for diagnosing heart disease, identifying damage from a heart attack, or evaluating if a patient’s treatments are working well enough.

During a nuclear cardiology exam, the tracer is injected into a vein and taken up by the heart. Then a special camera, called a gamma camera, takes pictures of the tracer moving within the beating heart. The images can show areas where heart muscle has been damaged or scarred due to a heart attack, or where blood flow within the heart may not be adequate due to blocked arteries.

There are several different kinds of nuclear cardiology tests and each looks at something slightly different. The most commonly used test is called myocardial perfusion. Others include ventriculography, to show the chambers of the heart; PET scans, to monitor blood flow; and MUGA scans, to examine how well the heart is pumping.

Nuclear cardiology tests do not hurt, and do not require anything more than an injection. They are a powerful source of information for patients suffering from heart disease or coronary artery disease.
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