Cardiac Services

  • Angiogram – This is a test to see if a blood vessel is clogged or has narrowed, where the constriction may be and how much it is affecting the patient. In this test, a thin tube called a catheter is inserted into the vessel through a nick in the skin about the size of the tip of a pencil and an x-ray dye called “contrast agent” is injected to make the vessel visible on x-ray film. A connected procedure, angioplasty may then be required to compress any blockages and stretch the blood vessel open.
  • Cardiac Catheterization – This is a diagnosis and treatment approach in which small tubes (catheters) are inserted into a chamber or vessel of the heart and are used to detect and treat coronary artery disease by using balloons, stents, drug coated stents and other devices.
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery – This includes a wide range of procedures to surgically treat diseases affecting the heart, great vessels and lungs.
  • Cardiac Nurse Navigator – This staff member complements our Cardiac Care Program by bringing education and follow-up to our patients who may need additional services post procedure.
  • Echocardiograms – These non-invasive procedures use the reflection of ultrasound waves to allow doctors to see how the heart functions. The images produced by the ultrasound waves can be viewed on a television monitor.
  • Electrocardiograms – Usually referred to as EKGs or ECGs, these  graphs show the electrical activity of the heart. This is a very common non-invasive procedure that helps doctors diagnose heart disease.
  • Electrophysiology Studies – These tests determine abnormal heart rhythms. Once detected, the abnormalities can be treated with catheters, pacemakers or cardioverter defibrillators.
  • Holter Monitoring – This is accomplished by wearing a small portable device which measures and records a patient’s heart activity during normal activity over a period of time, usually a day or several days. The device is worn 24 hours a day, is unobtrusive, and often clipped onto a patient’s belt or worn beneath regular clothes.
  • Peripheral Angiography – This procedure requires inserting small tubes (catheters) into the body and using x-ray images to visualize arteries in the head, neck, kidneys, legs and abdomen. If blockages are detected they can be treated by balloons, stents or other devices.
  • Stress Tests – These measure a patient’s heart and lung activity while exercising, usually on a treadmill.
  • Vascular Surgery – This surgical approach repairs diseased portions of arteries and veins as well as the peripheral vascular system.