Heart & Vascular Services

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Knowing that every beat counts, we at CaroMont Health are proud of our ability to deliver fast, life-saving treatments. As specialists, we provide a complete range of services and treatments covering all aspects of cardiac, vascular and complex cardiovascular care. Our physicians are actively involved in clinical trials designed to develop new therapies in the prevention and treatment of heart and blood vessel diseases. Together with physicians from CaroMont Heart, the nurses and technicians at CaroMont Health offer procedures from open heart surgery, bypass surgery, angioplasty and pacemaker implantation to diagnostic imaging, on-going education and monitoring. We are also one of the few select hospitals affiliated with Columbia HeartSource part of New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. This partnership provides our community with world-class clinical guidance and research trials.

Comprehensive Programs & Services

Aortic Root Procedures

Patients with an enlarged aorta at the base of the heart (the aortic root) may require replacement. This surgery is more complex as it requires that the coronary arteries be re-implanted onto the replaced aorta. The surgeons at Caromont are experienced in this procedure.

Aortic Surgery

All forms of aortic surgery are available to patients at Caromont. An aortic aneurysm occurs when the aorta enlarges increasing the risk of rupture. Surgery replaces a portion of the aorta, thus reducing the risk of rupture. An aortic dissection occurs when the layers that make up the wall of the aorta split.

Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is a common abnormal heart rhythm that can lead to higher heart rates, symptoms such as dizziness, and the formation of blood clots in the heart as blood stagnates. The mainstay of treatment of atrial fibrillation is to control the heart rate, and try to convert the patient into normal “sinus” rhythm.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

CaroMont Health offers a comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation program. Cardiac rehabilitation provides a structured outpatient program focused on educating patients and their families regarding their medical condition, treatments, diet and exercise. Participation in cardiac rehabilitation has been proven to prolong and improve the quality of life of patients with coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure.

Cardiac Research Programs

Research Activities are conducted in most cardiology subspecialties and allow our physicians to remain on the cutting edge of new and evolving technologies.

Cardiology Services

The mission of the Cardiovascular Team at CaroMont Health is to positively impact the health and well-being of our community by developing and providing a regional program of comprehensive, integrated services focused on the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease and cardiac rehabilitation.

Coronary Critical Care Unit

An eight bed state of the art Coronary Critical Care unit is located on the fourth floor at Gaston Memorial Hospital. Equipped with the latest monitoring equipment and staffed by specialty trained cardiac nurses, this unit allows the cardiologist and his team to effectively manage the most complex acute cardiac conditions.

Coronary Endartectomy

Some patients with coronary artery disease are turned down for surgery because they have “poor target vessels” on which to sew the bypasses. Coronary endarterectomy is a procedure used to carefully remove the atherosclerotic plaque from the artery in preparation for bypass surgery. In this way some patients once thought not to be candidates for bypass surgery become eligible.

Electrophysiology

All invasive procedures are performed in a new modern electrophysiology lab at Gaston Memorial Hospital. Procedures performed include diagnostic EP study, ablation of abnormal heart rhythms (PSVT, Atrial flutter, Atrial Fibrillation and Ventricular tachycardia), implantation of pacemakers, Implantable defibrillators (ICDs) and Bi-ventricular pacemaker defibrillators (Bi-V ICD). The elctrophysiologists and the EP lab are involved in a number of national research protocols assessing the latest techniques and devices.

Emergency Chest Pain Services

Our Chest Pain Accredited organization has achieved excellent door to balloon angioplasty times well below the recommended 90 minutes time frame for patients suffering from heart attacks.

Heart Failure Clinic

Congestive Heart Failure accounts for the single largest number of hospital admissions in the United States. Heart failure is a complex clinical syndrome whose effective treatment requires close coordination between inpatient and outpatient care. An integrated heart failure treatment program including specialized inpatient heart failure units and outpatient clinics are being developed at Gaston Memorial Hospital and CaroMont Health. CaroMont Health has been recognized as a national leader in the care of patients with heart failure and has been awarded advanced certification.

Hybrid Procedures

Cardiologists and cardiac surgeons team up and collaborate in this procedure to provide the best possible outcome and provide “one-stop” shopping. Procedures performed by cardiologists are combined with procedures done by heart surgeons to create a “hybrid” procedure.

Minimally Invasive Coronary Bypass Surgery

Also known as MIDCAB – or (Minimally Invasive Direct access Coronary Artery Bypass surgery) The MIDCAB procedure can be an option when only one (or occasionally two) arteries need to be bypassed.

Mitral Valve Repair

Mitral valve repair rather than replacement is usually the best option for most patients with a leaking mitral valve. This surgery is usually performed through a 3 inch incision on the right side of the chest without stopping the heart. This technique has been shown to provide better preservation of heart ventricular function with lower risk of complications, faster recovery and better long term survival.

Off-Pump Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting

“Bypass” procedures are used to restore blood flow to the heart by re-routing the blood around blocked arteries. A vein from your leg or an artery from your chest wall or arm is used to create the bypass on your heart.

Pulmonary Embolectomy

Patients can have blood clots from their legs suddenly break loose and lodge in the pulmonary artery. This blocks blood flow into the lungs and can be life threatening. Studies performed by the surgeons at Caromont have shown that pulmonary embolectomy reduces the risk of such an event and provide the best long term option.

Step-Down & Progressive Care Unit

The Step Down or Progressive Coronary Care Units are floors equipped with continuous EKG monitoring capability and are staffed by highly trained cardiac nurses. Patients with a wide variety of cardiac conditions including myocardial infarction (heart attack), congestive heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms are cared for in these units. An expert team led by cardiologists help tailor medical treatment. The transition to ambulatory care begins here. Patient education regarding the disease process, medical treatments and lifestyle modification are provided and reinforced by a dedicated team of physicians, nurses, dieticians, physical therapists and case workers.

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