Cardiology

Cardiology

Cardiology Testing

CardiologyMany of these tests are performed on an outpatient basis:

  • Echocardiogram uses sound waves to provide information about heart function, heart structure and the valves.
  • Transesophageal Echo (TEE) looks at heart and valve function in greater detail.
  • Tilt Table Test helps determine potential cardiac cause behind fainting/dizziness.
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG) provides a recording of the electrical activity of the heart. This test is often performed during routine physicals, evaluation before surgery and when patients experience chest discomfort or an irregular heartbeat.
  • Holter Monitoring provides a continuous EKG of the heart's activity during a 24-hour period.  Event Monitors also available for 15-30 days.
  • Stress testing evaluates how the heart performs during various levels of activity (stress). To help detect heart disease in its earliest stages we offer a variety of exercise and medication induced stress testing options. Your physician will determine which test is right for you.
  • Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) screens for Peripheral Vascular Disease

 

Cardiac Catheterization

At TMC, we are prepared to diagnose and treat coronary artery disease before, during or after your heart has been affected by blockages in the arteries. In our state-of-the art invasive laboratories, round-the-clock coverage is available for emergency heart procedures, including on weekdays and holidays. Narrowing in the heart arteries can often be opened using small metal coils, called stents. Once adequate blood flow is restored, symptoms such as chest pressure with exercise may be relieved so that you can return to an active productive life style.

Peripheral intervention can be performed as needed for patients with Peripheral Vascular Disease

Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators and Permanent Pacemaker availability for patients with rhythm disturbances

Our staff are skilled at a variety of advanced technologies that can be used during cardiac catheterization. Our cardiologists will choose the treatment that is right for you.

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

There is no cure for coronary artery disease. Interventional procedures such as coronary stents or bypass surgery are treatments, not a cure. Truman Medical Center believes that once blood flow is restored to the heart muscle through intervention or surgery, it is our role is to help patients minimize further disease progression. Cardiac Rehabilitation offers patients the opportunity to better manage their risk factors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, inactivity and smoking.

We start at the time of hospitalization. Once discharged, the cardiac rehab staff helps patients improve their exercise capacity; gain understanding of how to manage their disease; and modify their lifestyle while improving heart health.

Heart Failure Clinic

Heart failure can be a challenging condition to manage. This chronic, often progressive weakening of the heart pump can interfere with the ability to lead a fulfilling, active life. Hospital admission to adjust medications and relieve symptoms such as shortness of breath is not unusual for people living with heart failure.

Proactive management of heart failure reduces the need for hospital stays by recognizing and reacting to symptoms before they further compromise wellness. The Heart Failure Clinic at TMC offers frequent regular evaluation before symptoms necessitate hospitalization. Working together, the patient and health care team can reduce the need for hospital stays by recognizing and reacting to symptoms before they further compromise wellness.

TMC will teach patients to monitor their numbers, provide patient education, encourage compliance with medical regimen including medications, weight monitoring and diet/exercise. Our goal is to decrease recurring patient hospitalizations.

Inpatient Care

When a hospital stay is necessary for heart or vascular patients, TMC has telemetry units which provide specialized care for patients who need continuous heart monitoring, and a Cardiac Critical care area available.

Our Coronary Care Unit (CCU) provides a close nurse to patient ratio in a private, quiet setting where you will be constantly monitored. Our patients and their families love the personalized care they receive from our nursing staff. The waiting area offers privacy, comfort, and support for our patient's family while staying in the ICU.

When ready to increase activity and mobility, the Telemetry Unit provides wireless cardiac monitoring to allow patients to resume some of their normal activities while recovering. Patients are continuously monitored in the privacy of their room or while taking a walk in the hall.

For more information, or to set up an appointment, please call 816-404-1225