Heart Care at SkyRidge Medical Center
The Heart and Vascular Center at SkyRidge Medical Center offers a full range of cardiac care services from diagnostic services to surgery to rehabilitation.
Nationally Accredited Chest Pain Center
Accredited as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, we provide comprehensive heart care from chest pain, to cardiac catheterization. The accreditation recognizes SkyRidge Medical Center’s high standards for clinical performance and personalized care – and places SkyRidge among an elite group of healthcare providers delivering top caliber cardiac care.
As Bradley County's only cardiac cath unit, averaging over 400 procedures annually, the cardiac service department has grown in response to the needs of the community. The cardiac cath unit includes the revolutionary GE Innova 2002. Utilizing a new CT workstation, our physicians are able to perform arterial scoring, a new diagnostic technique that can detect arterial blockage from plaque build-up.
SkyRidge Medical Center's Cardiac Care Services are located on the first floor and our special inpatient cardiac unit is located on the 4th floor. Under the medical direction of a board-certified cardiologist, specially trained cardiac nurses and technologists work hand-in-hand making sure patients and their families are comfortable, safe, and informed during cardiac procedures.
Treatment of Heart Attacks
If you or a loved one experience a heart attack, you should know that our cardiac team works hand in hand with our emergency department to respond quickly—regularly outperforming national standards for the timely treatment of heart attacks.
Heart Care Facts
Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with more than 600,000 deaths annually from heart disease and more than 5 million visits to hospital emergency rooms due to chest pain. One in three adult females and males in the United States suffers from a form of cardiovascular disease, or CVD.
Women’s heart issues are rising. Coronary heart disease is the number one single killer of women over age 25. In addition, heart disease rates in post-menopausal women are two to three times higher than in pre-menopausal women of the same age.
Heart trouble? Here’s what to do.
If you think you’re having a heart attack, don’t wait. Know the symptoms of heart trouble. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call 9-1-1 or proceed to the closest emergency room:
- Chest discomfort, including uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. Most heart attacks involve persistent discomfort in the center of the chest, or chest pain that goes away and comes back again.
- Pain or discomfort in the upper body area, including one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
- A cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness
SkyRidge Heart and Vascular Center:
Whether you or your loved one requires critical or acute care for a heart ailment or other serious condition, you can be confident that SkyRidge Medical Center has the skills and experience necessary to provide quality care.
Under the leadership of board-certified cardiologists, SkyRidge Medical Center cardiac services include:
- Nuclear Stress Test
- Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiac Catheterization
- Transesophageal Echocardiogram
- Pacemaker Insertion
- Electrocardiograms (EKG)
- Vascular Ultrasound
- Stress Echocardiogram
- Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Dealing with heart disease is challenging, but with the help of our cardiac team, you’ll better understand your diagnosis, stop or slow progression of heart disease, gain confidence and enjoy a better quality of life!
To find a SkyRidge Medical Center heart physician, click here.
To learn more about heart-healthy habits you can incorporate into your diet and exercise routine to minimize your risk and promote longevity, click here.