The Shelton Heart Center at Crittenton offers advanced cardiovascular care and technology, including catheterization labs, an electrophysiology lab, and a state-of-the-art Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit.
“Interventional cardiology allows physicians to get inside blood vessels for diagnostic tests or to repair damaged vessels or other heart structures without the need for surgery,” says Samer Kazziha, MD, FACC, FACP, FSCAI, FCCP, FSVMB, Executive Medical Director of Cardiovascular Services at Crittenton’s Shelton Heart Center. “We can treat narrowed arteries and weakened heart valves caused by coronary artery disease, heart valve disease, and peripheral artery disease.”
Advanced Surgical Solutions
If a patient does require heart surgery, Crittenton offers an array of procedures, such as coronary artery bypass surgery, on- and off-pump bypass surgery, and valve repair or replacement.
“Through a partnership with the University of Michigan Health System Cardiac Surgery program, Crittenton offers around-the-clock access to cardiovascular surgeons,” Dr. Kazziha says. “If a patient requires a lifesaving surgery, a dedicated physician is always available to provide treatment.”
Getting You Back on Your Feet after You Leave the Hospital
At Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, we have skilled therapists, registered nurses, exercise physiologists, and a registered dietitian on staff to ensure you get the care you need after surgery.
“It is important for cardiac patients to be medically supervised in a controlled environment before they start or return to exercising independently,” says Bernie Hung, Manager of Cardiopulmonary Services at Crittenton. “Our accredited program helps patients regain confidence and assures them that they can exercise at a higher level of intensity after a cardiac event. Since it is a hospital-based program, we also have physicians on standby in the event that emergency care
The goal of Crittenton’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is to enhance patients’ quality of life by helping them:
- Improve heart function
- Increase energy levels
- Lower risk of future hospitalization
- Reach and maintain healthy cholesterol levels
- Reduce time missed from work due to heart disease
- Understand and reduce their risk
Patients in need of rehabilitation must have an order from a physician to participate in the program. Each patient also is educated about controlling risk factors, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and coping with the emotional implications of heart disease.
After a heart attack or cardiac surgery, patients also may receive further care through our cardiac rehabilitation program —a monitored exercise program that is tailored to meet each patient’s needs.