Medical Services – Cardiology

 

Our cardiology department provides cardiac care. Our cardiology services include, but are not limited to, cardiopulmonary testing, diagnostic cardiac angiography, and a telemetry unit for monitoring cardiac patients.

 

For a list of our physicians who specialize in cardiology, click here.

 

Cardiac Catheterization

 

Cardiac catheterization is a medical procedure used to diagnose and treat some heart conditions.

 

A long, thin, flexible tube called a catheter is put into a blood vessel in your arm, groin (upper thigh), or neck and threaded to your heart. Through the catheter, your doctor can do diagnostic tests and treatments on your heart.

 

For example, your doctor may put a special type of dye in the catheter. The dye will flow through your bloodstream to your heart. Then, your doctor will take x-ray pictures of your heart. The dye will make your coronary (heart) arteries visible on the pictures. This test is called coronary angiography.

 

The dye can show whether a waxy substance called plaque (plak) has built up inside your coronary arteries. Plaque can narrow or block the arteries and restrict blood flow to your heart.

 

Your primary care physician will generally send you for a consult with a Cardiologist who will determine the need for a cardiac catheterization and who will schedule the procedure with the hospital.