Cardiac Services

Resurrection Health Care offers a full range of advanced cardiology services to prevent, detect, treat and manage heart disease and other cardiovascular problems.

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State-of-the-Art Diagnostics

Electrocardiograms (EKG or ECG) — EKGs record the electrical activity of the heart and provide information about the heart’s function and structure.

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Stress tests — These tests use EKG to record the electrical activity of the heart under stress. A variety of stress tests are available:

  • Treadmill
  • Nuclear scan thallium treadmill
  • Myoview
  • Adenosine and dobutamine

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Holter monitoring/ambulatory electrocardiography — With this non-invasive test, patients wear a portable monitor that shows the electrical activity of the heart (ECG) while moving throughout the day and resting at night.

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30-day event monitoring — Patients wear a heart monitor for a 30-day period in order to capture and record cardiac events when they occur.

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Echocardiography (ECHO) — ECHO is a non-invasive procedure using ultrasound to examine the heart and project moving images of it on a monitor. Transesophageal echocardiography and exercise echocardiography are also available.

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Cardiac MRI — MRI provides clear, detailed pictures of the heart allowing physicians to examine the size and thickness of the chambers of the heart, and determine the extent of damage caused by a heart attack or progressive heart disease.

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Cardiac CT — A cardiac CT scan is a non-invasive heart-imaging test for determining whether fatty or calcium deposits have built up in the coronary arteries. Left untreated, these deposits can cause heart disease.

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Carotid ultrasound — This non-invasive test can detect narrowing in the carotid artery for patients at risk for stroke.

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Venous duplex ultrasound — For patients at risk for blood clots, this test evaluates the flow of blood through the legs.

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Arterial doppler — For patients at risk for claudication and peripheral vascular disease, this test assesses blood flow through the extremities.

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Advanced Treatments

Cardiac catheterization — Also known as angiograms, these procedures involve placing a small tube, called a catheter, and a harmless dye into the artery to enable the cardiologist to identify blockages and show how the heart is beating and how the blood flows through the heart. Instruments can be passed through the catheter to treat the heart or its blood vessels.

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Innova® digital angiography — The latest advance in imaging, Innova offers patients more comfortable and quicker times for both diagnostic and interventional procedures. Using new fully digital technology, Innova provides our physicians a real-time image with greater detail, less radiation exposure, a much larger field of view and less distortion as they guide catheters and other medical devices.

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Balloon angioplasty — This procedure involves guiding a small catheter with a balloon tip into a clogged artery and inflating the balloon to push against the plaque to open the artery.

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Drug-eluting stents — With this revolutionary treatment, patients with blocked coronary arteries are much less likely to require repeat operations to unclog arteries. These stents, which are tiny metal mesh tubes inserted into the artery, are coated with a drug that is slowly released over time to prevent the growth of scar tissue.

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Thrombolytic therapy — In an emergency, “thrombolytic" or "clot-busting" therapy is used to stop a heart attack in its tracks. The drugs prevent or limit heart muscle damage by dissolving clots that block an artery. This opens up the artery and restores the blood flow.

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Angiojet® — This system removes a blood clot from an artery without surgery by pulling the blood clot up into a catheter and using a pressurized high velocity of saline to break up the blood clot and remove it from the body.

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Electrophysiology Lab — For irregular heartbeats, state-of-the-art Electrophysiology Labs allow our expert team of heart rhythm specialists to precisely map the heart’s electrical system to determine exactly where the problem originates. When the problem is found, patients can often be treated with a minimally invasive technique.

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Pacemaker/cardiac device services — These tiny devices, implanted in a minimally invasive procedure, regulate the heart’s rhythm through a series of electrical impulses. Ongoing evaluation is offered for patients with pacemakers and other cardiac devices both in the office and through a sophisticated telephone monitoring system 24 hours a day.

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Catheter ablation — Catheter ablation can now provide a cure for many abnormally fast heartbeats without the need for surgery or life-long medications. Special electrode catheters are positioned near the abnormal electrical pathway where heat energy is used to destroy the pathway.

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Cardiac resynchronization therapy — For patients with heart failure, this new technique uses implantable devices and a tiny wire placed on the left side of the heart to make the heart beat stronger and more efficiently.

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Cardiac surgery — Services include coronary bypass surgery, valve replacement and pacemaker implant.

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Enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) — EECP is a noninvasive outpatient treatment for the reduction or elimination of angina/chest pain symptoms.

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Atherectomy — Atherectomy is a procedure that uses a laser catheter to remove plaque from arteries.

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Transmyocardial revascularization (TMR) — TMR is laser surgery for very ill patients with severe chest pain. Through a small incision in the chest, the surgeon delivers precise laser energy directly to the heart muscle in order to provide oxygen and promote the growth of new blood vessels.

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Prevention Services — A full range of prevention programs is offered, including free and inexpensive screenings for heart disease risk factors and programs to learn how to maintain a healthy heart.

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Rehabilitation services — Our comprehensive rehabilitation programs include inpatient treatment, outpatient care and lifestyle modification. Individually tailored program of moderate exercise and health education are designed to help patients strengthen their cardiovascular system, reverse or slow down heart disease and decrease the chances of developing further problems.

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