Highlands Heart & Vascular

Highlands has expanded their services with high-quality heart and vascular care. When you choose Highlands for your cardiology needs, you can be certain that you’ll have access to the latest technology, innovative techniques, and the expertise of talented physicians and surgeons who work together to provide treatment that’s right for you.

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Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation provides a medically supervised exercise /educational program specifically for you to improve your quality of life and reduce your coronary risk factors.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Details

  • Cardiac rehab meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for 1-hour session.
  • The entire program usually lasts six weeks (18 visits) up to 12 weeks (36 visits).
  • Ask your physician for an order or referral and call 886-7544 for an appointment.

Who is a Candidate for Cardiac Rehab?
Patients are eligible to attend if they are recovering from any of the following conditions:

  • Myocardial Infarction (heart attack)
  • Coronary artery bypass (open heart) surgery
  • Cardiac stent or PTCA
  • Valve repair
  • Stable angina

Safety Issues

The program is medically supervised with a cardiac trained nurse and ECG monitoring.

Safety Issues Details

Cardiac Rehab can help you progress through any fear or anxiety you may experience as you return to an active lifestyle. Everyone progresses at a different rate and it is important to increase you activity gradually.

Stress Testing

This test is used to determine the amount of stress that your heart can manage before developing either an abnormal rhythm or evidence of ischemia (not enough blood flow to the heart muscle).

Stress Testing Details

A stress test is used by doctors to diagnose heart disease. Coronary artery disease occurs when the arteries that carry blood to the heart become clogged with fatty deposits (plaque). A stress test provides information about how well blood is flowing to your heart and how well your heart is working.

What are the risk factors for coronary artery disease?

  • Age and gender
  • Family history of heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • High levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol
  • Low levels of HDL (good) cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Smoking
  • Lack of Exercise
  • Being overweight
  • Poor diet
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Stress

The more of these risk factors you have, the greater are your chances of developing heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States.

Echocardiogram

An echocardiogram (also called "echo") is a test that uses ultrasound waves to examine the heart.

Echocardiogram Details

An echocardiogram is a safe and painless procedure that helps doctors diagnose a variety of heart problems such as:

  • Size of the heart - measures the size of the heart chambers and thickness of the heart muscle
  • Pumping Strength - Is the heart pumping full strength or is it weakened.
  • Valve problems - Is the valve leaking or narrow and how severe the problem is.
  • Other Uses - The Echo may also be used to detect the presence of fluid around the Heart (congestive heart failure), blood clots or mass inside the heart, abnormal holes between heart chambers. Sometimes, the echo is combined with an exercise stress test, to see how well the heart pumps when made to work harder.

Electroencephalogram (EEG)

An EEG is a test that measures and records the electrical activity of your brain.

Electroencephalogram (EEG) Details

Certain conditions, such as seizures, can be seen by the changes in the normal pattern of the brain's electrical activity. 

Why is it done:

  • Diagnose epilepsy and see what type of seizures are occurring.
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Serve as adjunct test if a person in a coma is brain-dead.
  • To help the neurologist diagnose and treat disorders affecting the nervous system.

Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) Testing

A NCV assesses how well a specific nerve conducts impulses by evaluating the speed of an impulse as it travels along a nerve.

Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) Testing Details

This test can help determine if there is nerve damage, the extent of the damage and if nerves have been destroyed.

Example:

  • Carpal tunnel
  • Numbness or tingling of hands, feet, legs
  • Weak grip

Event Recorders (30-day recorder)

The event recorder is used when the patient experiences the symptom of interest, he/she presses a button that freezes the recording, is stored and transmitted by telephone. Event monitors are excellent at correlating a patients heart rhythm with a patient's symptoms.

Cardiac Cath

A thin, hollow tube called a catheter is inserted into a large blood vessel that leads to your and provides information on how well your heart works, identifies problems and allows for procedures to open blocked arteries.

Cardiac CT

Cardiac computed tomography (to-MOG-rah-fee), or cardiac CT, is a painless test that uses an x-ray machine to take clear, detailed pictures of the heart. Doctors use this test to look for heart problems.

Congestive Heart Failure

If you suffer from congestive heart failure, your blood moves through the heart and body at a slower rate, and pressure in the heart increases.

Congestive Heart Failure Details

If you suffer from congestive heart failure, your blood moves through the heart and body at a slower rate, and pressure in the heart increases. As a result, the kidneys may respond by causing the body to retain fluid (water) and salt. If fluid builds up in the arms, legs, ankles, feet, lungs, or other organs, the body becomes congested.

Echocardiography

An echocardiogram (also called an echo) is a type of ultrasound test that uses high-pitched sound waves that are sent through a device called a transducer. Various types of echos are used to diagnose conditions of the heart.

EKG

An electrocardiogram (also called EKG or ECG) is a test that records the electrical activity of your heart through small electrode patches attached to the skin of your chest, arms, and legs.

EKG Details

An EKG may be part of a routine physical exam or it may be used as a test for heart disease. An EKG can be used to further investigate symptoms related to heart problems.

Holter Monitoring

Holter Monitoring for 24 hours of continuous ECG recording for ambulatory patients.

Holter Monitoring Details

Indications for Use:

  • Palpitations A fluttering of heart
  • Evaluation of pacemakers
  • Fast or slow heart-rate
  • Passing out
  • Heart out of rhythm

Help the physician to evaluate your symptoms that may be related to the heart.

Nuclear Imaging

Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose and determine the severity of or treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease, gastrointestinal, endocrine, neurological disorders and other abnormalities within the body.

Varicose/Spider Veins

Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins near the surface of the skin caused by weakened valves and veins.

Varicose/Spider Veins Details

Varicose veins are most common in the legs and ankles. They usually aren't serious, but they can sometimes lead to other problems. Spider veins are smaller, red, purple, and blue vessels that also twist and turn. Spider veins are easily visible through the skin, as well. They are typically visible on the legs and face.

Peripheral Arterial Disease Screening

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), more commonly known as hardening of the arteries, affects about eight million Americans. It is a condition in which the large and medium-sized arteries supplying blood to the legs become narrow or clogged...

Peripheral Arterial Disease Screening Details

What is Peripheral Arterial Disease Screening?
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), more commonly known as hardening of the arteries, affects about eight million Americans. It is a condition in which the large and medium-sized arteries supplying blood to the legs become narrow or clogged, constricting the flow of blood. PAD is caused by atherosclerosis, a gradual process in which cholesterol and scar tissue build up, forming a substance called plaque that clogs the artery. PAD not only causes pain and disability, it also is associated with a much higher risk of heart disease.

About PAD Screenings
A quick, easy and non-invasive procedure, PAD screening is done by using the ankle-brachial index (ABI). After removing your socks and shoes, you will have pressure cuffs placed around your upper arms and ankles. A small ultrasound device will then measure the systolic blood pressure in your limbs.

Warning Signs
Even though not everybody with PAD experiences symptoms, these warning signs may indicate arterial issues:

  • Pain during exercise, which is relieved during rest
  • Cold legs
  • Poor wound healing
  • Constant leg pain, tingling, burning or loss of sensation
  • Risk factors
  • Family history
  • Increasing age
  • Smoking
  • High cholesterol
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Poor diet
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity

For your appointment or to learn more, call Highlands Heart & Vascular at (606) 889-6210