While experiencing heart-related symptoms can be stressful in itself, the good news is that many cardiac tests and procedures are non-invasive. Ascension Crittenton cardiovascular physicians plan your best course of diagnosis or treatment with the least amount of intrusion on your body. Often this includes a series of tests to confirm (or rule out) the most serious diagnoses, and prevent less-severe conditions from getting worse, and may preclude further, more invasive action.
Non-Invasive strategies may include:
- Diagnostic Testing
- Nutritional Guidance
- Risk Assessment
- Exercise and Physical Rehabilitation
Our cardiologists specialize in non-invasive cardiac care, such as these cardiac diagnostic & interventional procedures:
- Cardiac Stress Testing to evaluate how the heart reacts to exercise
- Echocardiograms to provide a broader view of the heart, identifying any defects in the muscle or structure
- Transesophageal echocardiograms (TEEs) and cardioversions provide an alternate echocardiogram performed by inserting a tube with an ultrasound probe down the throat
- CT Coronary Angiograms to look at how your arteries supply blood to the heart
- Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) to measure the heart’s electrical activity or rhythm – specifically, how long it takes for a wave of electricity to go from one part of the heart to another during a heartbeat
- Chest X-Rays to show providers the size and shape of your lungs and heart, and alert them to potential infections or diseases in the chest cavity
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to create detailed pictures of the heart and to measure its overall function
- Computerized Tomography to create a three-dimensional image of the heart using multiple x-rays
- Holter Monitor to measure your heart rate and rhythm and help evaluate the changes in your heart’s function if you have cardiac symptoms that come and go
- Exercise Stress Testing to measure the impact of exercise on heart function and can help to determine whether certain symptoms are cardiac-related
Non-invasive cardiology allows us to make a significant impact on our patient’s health without additional compromise to the body. Today’s technical procedures give greater insight, evaluation, and concise diagnostic capabilities then what was available just 10 years ago – and the field continues to grow.”
- Dr. Saba Darda, Cardiologist
Cardiovascular Rehabilitation & Prevention
Ascension Crittenton’s Cardiac Rehabilitation programs are designed to help those with heart disease get on a path to better heart health through education, exercise and enhancing their ability to reduce future heart risks. Our goal is to stabilize, slow or even reverse the progression of cardiovascular disease. Our highly-skilled team will work together with you, your family and your physician to develop a personalized program that’s focused on maintaining or enhancing your quality of life throughout your recovery.
This is achieved through:
- Counseling to improve your emotional well-being
- Educating you on how to strengthen your heart and learn about healthy lifestyle changes
- Designing tailored exercise routines that improve your heart’s working capacity
- Interactive learning with nutrition tips and information about ways to reduce the risk of future hospitalization
- People who have risk factors for heart disease, who have experienced a cardiac event (such as surgery or a heart attack), or whose physician believes a cardiac rehabilitation program may be helpful are all eligible to participate.
“Every day is a great day to take care of your heart. Every day basic steps can lead to a heart healthy lifestyle. Life is full of opportunities and this is one you do not want to ignore.”
- Bernie Hung, Manager of Cardiopulmonary Services
The Ascension Crittenton Cardiac Rehabilitation program is proud to be certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. This national organization ensures that the scope of a facility’s program meets the essential standards of care in providing cardiac and pulmonary services.
“More than 1000 Americans a day will have a sudden cardiac arrest, and what we now know is that nearly half probably exhibited warning signs within the four weeks prior to the attack, but didn’t recognize or ignored the signs. Understanding our personal health history, and practicing preventative measures, can mean a very different end result.”
- Dr. Ronald J. Stewart, Cardiologist