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Cardiology

Why choose Wayne Health for Cardiology?

At Wayne Health, we provide the most advanced treatment for heart disease, heart defects and cardiovascular risk factors. Wayne Health cardiologists are heart specialists known worldwide for their involvement in innovative cardiovascular research and leading-edge treatment options. Our heart specialists frequently share their cardiovascular expertise regarding the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease through published research papers and articles.

Patient care is our top priority. Wayne Health cardiovascular physicians and cardiologists are dedicated to providing treatment that is comprehensive, efficient and customized to meet the unique needs of each patient.

We understand that time is of the essence when it comes to caring for heart conditions. Shortly after your visit with a Wayne Health cardiovascular specialist, our physicians will communicate their findings with your primary doctor quickly and comprehensively. That means you can begin your treatment plan sooner and start getting healthier.

Wayne Health offers immediate availability for patients seeking cardiovascular treatment (within 24 hours). To make an appointment with a Wayne Health physician to discuss your cardiovascular care, contact us at 877-Wayne-HC.

Wayne Health Cardiology services offered

Wayne Health cardiovascular experts treat and manage a wide range of heart conditions including:

  • Heart attacks and heart failure
  • Prior history of heart bypass surgeries (CABG)
  • Coronary stents
  • Aortic disease
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Valve regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Heart murmur
  • Infections
  • Systemic conditions leading to heart disease

Wayne Health cardiovascular team members are also trained to manage risk factors such as hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking and family history, all of which contribute to an increased risk of heart disease. In addition, Wayne Health cardiovascular doctors and specialists understand how to properly treat and protect the hearts of our patients with comorbidities such as cancer or diabetes.

We provide the following cardiology services at Wayne Health:

  • Arrhythmia: Also called dysrhythmia, this condition is a result of an irregular heartbeat and/or heart rate and can cause the heart to pump less effectively. It can occur with a normal or slower heart rate, as well as with a rapid heart rate. This condition affects more than 850,000 people who are hospitalized each year for arrhythmia. Symptoms can resemble other conditions. Consult a Wayne Health cardiologist for diagnosis.
  • Echocardiogram: This heart test graphically outlines the movement of the heart via high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) and provides pictures of the heart’s valves and chambers. A sonographer uses the results to evaluate the pumping action of the heart. There are several heart diseases that may be detected by echocardiography, including atherosclerosis (coronary artery disease), aneurysm, cardiomyopathy, congenital heart disease (ventricular septal defect/VSD, transposition of the great vessels, tricuspid atresia), heart failure, left ventricular hypertrophy, pericarditis and valvular heart disease.
  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease: This condition is found in more adults than children due to advances in diagnostic procedures and treatment interventions. Our cardiologists are equipped to provide information about specific congenital heart conditions, expectations for long-term outcomes and potential complications and risks.

Overview

Symptoms

Different heart conditions present different types of symptoms. In general, symptoms may include:

·     Chest discomfort (pain, tightness, etc.)

·     Shortness of breath

·     Dry or persistent cough

·     Swelling in the legs

·     Bloating

·     Fatigue

·     Dizziness, lightheadedness or fainting

·     Irregular heartbeat or changes in rhythm (pounding, fluttering, racing, slowing)

·     Pain in the back or abdomen

·     Pale grey or blue skin color

Seek emergency medical attention if you have chest pain, shortness of breath or fainting.

Risk factors

Diagnosis

We utilize the latest technology available to provide the best care for Wayne Health patients. Our leading-edge technologies include 3D ultrasound, myocardial contrast ultrasound imaging and speckle tracking. These allow us to get a detailed picture of the heart, which better enables us to successfully diagnose and treat each patient.

Wayne Health's approach to treatment

The type of treatment patients receive at Wayne Health depends on the cause and symptoms of their heart condition.

Wayne Health cardiovascular experts are actively engaged in each patient’s care to provide the most individualized, comprehensive treatment possible.

Providers at the Wayne Health Cardiac Device Clinic partner with patients in need of cardiac device care. The Wayne Health Cardiac Device Clinic offers comprehensive evaluation and device management services for patients with implanted cardiac devices, such as pacemakers, internal cardiac defibrillators, biventricular pacemakers/ ICDs or Holter monitors, or external devices, such as implantable loop recorders.

Our team of board-certified cardiologists and heart specialists, together with electrophysiologists, registered nurses and cardiac technicians, provides a collaborative approach to proper device management, ensuring optimal follow-up for patients. Wayne Health physicians and providers work closely with referring physicians to customize the treatment and settings of each individual patient’s cardiac device.

The frequency of a patient’s evaluation is based on the cardiologist’s recommendation. A typical patient will have both clinical visits and remote monitoring.

Advancing research and medical education

Wayne Health physicians and researchers are also teaching and research faculty at Wayne State University School of Medicine who conduct basic, translational and clinical research. This makes the latest treatments and clinical trials available to you sooner than other providers without a medical school affiliation.

Specific clinical and/or research areas of focus include the following:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Echocardiography/Diagnostic techniques
  • Diastology
  • Preventive cardiology
  • Coronary Artery Disease and risk factors
  • 3D and strain echocardiography
  • Echocardiography/left ventricular remodeling
  • Women’s cardiovascular health
  • Management of acute ischemic syndromes
  • Interventional cardiology/restenosis
  • Interventional cardiology/peripheral angioplasty
  • Clinical cardiology/adult congenital heart disease
  • Electrophysiology/atrial and ventricular rhythm management
  • CT angiography
  • Electrophysiology/devices
  • Nuclear cardiology/PET imaging
  • Clinical cardiology
  • Endocarditis

 

For more information, please visit the links below at the WSU School of Medicine.

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