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Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Aftercare

Once you leave the hospital, our care team continues to work with you. Our comprehensive plan includes healing the whole person, and may include counseling services, a rehab program and follow-up care in your home.

The following treatment options are available at the hospital:

  • Artherectomy/Stent
    Procedure used to treat peripheral vascular disease (PVD) by removing plaque from inside the artery to restore normal blood flow to the legs.

  • Cardiac Stress Test
    Test to measure the heart’s reaction to the body’s increased demand for oxygen.

  • Carotid Angiogram
    Invasive imaging procedure that involves inserting a catheter into a blood vessel in the arm or leg, and guiding it to the carotid arteries with the aid of a special x-ray machine.

  • Diagnostic Angiography (Heart Catheterization)
    X-ray exam of the arteries, which is used to diagnose blockages or other abnormalities of the blood vessels. The objective of the exam is to define the site and extent of the arterial abnormality, allowing the physician to determine the best treatment options. Closure devices available.

  • Echocardiogram
    Non-invasive procedure that uses ultrasound waves to create an image of the heart for diagnosis of cardiac disease.

  • Electrocardiography (EKG)
    Test used as part of the initial evaluation of a patient who is suspected to have a heart related problems. Electrical activity created by the heart is processed by the EKG machine, printed on a special graph paper, and then interpreted by a physician.

  • Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator (ICD)
    Device used to monitor the heart’s activity and respond with appropriate therapy to correct heart rhythm.

  • Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP)
    Procedure performed as a means to help restore the balance between the supply of oxygen-rich blood the heart receives from the coronary arteries, and the amount of oxygen the heart needs to pump. It is used for extreme life threatening cardiac emergencies.

  • Loop Recorder
    Device inserted just beneath the skin in the upper chest area used to continually record the heart beat.

  • Pacemaker
    Battery-operated unit designed to constantly monitor the heart and send out pacing signals when necessary to meet the body's need for blood.

  • Sequential Doppler Studies
    Technique for making non-invasive velocity measurements of blood flow for upper and lower extremities.

  • Stress Echocardiogram
    Non-invasive procedure that uses ultrasound waves to create an image of the heart for diagnosis of cardiac disease.

  • Tilt Table Study
    Study demonstrates how the patient's heart rate and blood respond to changing positions in order to determine the cause of fainting spells.

  • Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)
    Test which allows the cardiologist to view the internal structures of the heart and the heart's major vessels by inserting a probe (a thin flexible tube with a special tip) down the throat.