Jameson Center for Cardiac Health
Jameson Center for Cardiac Health / Cardiac Care: Testing & Rehabilitation
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), better known as Heart Disease, is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. While cancer is the leading cause of death for women in the state of Pennsylvania, Heart Disease is the leading cause of death of women in Lawrence County. Proactive testing is the best way to prevent and/or control heart disease. Stress testing is recommended to all individuals age 50 and older. Other risk factors or symptoms of heart disease may prompt your doctor to order a stress test for you at a younger age.
Cardiac testing is performed at the Jameson Center for Cardiac Health as well as in the Cardiology Department on the 1st floor of Jameson Hospital North Campus.
- Stress Testing – Physical exercise on a treadmill is used is carefully monitored to evaluate the heart’s response to the “stress.” Sticky electrodes are placed on the skin to monitor your vitals keeping you safe throughout the procedure. Nuclear cardiac stress testing can also be performed using a very small amount of a radioactive tracer given in an I.V. This method shows specialized imaging of the chambers of the heart and heart muscle.
- Pharmacological stress tests - are also performed at Jameson for patients who cannot undergo the treadmill stress test. One of these stimulant medications will be injected intravenously reacting with increased blood circulation, as would occur during exercise.
- Electrocardiogram (EKG) - An EKG is an important part of an initial evaluation of a patient who is suspected to have a heart-related problem. Small, sticky electrodes are applied to the patient’s chest, arms and legs. The test only takes a few minutes and is painless.
- Echocardiogram (Echo) – Ultrasound medical imaging is used to examine the heart offering sophisticated and advanced imaging. The echo technologist makes recordings from different parts of the chest to obtain several views of the heart. You may be asked to breathe slowly or hold your breath. The session is recorded so that it can be reviewed by your physician.
- Dobutamine Echocardiogram – This test may be selected for you to evaluate your heart and valve function if you are unable to exercise on a treadmill or stationary cycle. Under careful monitoring, Dobutamine, a stimulant medication, is injected to cause your body to react as though you are exercising.
- Stress Echocardiogram – A combination test using ultrasound medical imaging at a “resting” point and also while on a treadmill introducing exercise, or stress, to your body.
- Holter Monitor – Also known as Ambulatory Cardiac Monitoring or Event Monitoring, a Holter Monitor is worn to provide a continuous recording of a patient’s EKG for 24 hours. Worn during your regular activities, it can help your physician to correlate your symptoms and your activities along with timing of the results of the test.
Following a cardiac event or a cardiac procedure, your physician is likely to order several weeks of Cardiac Rehabilitation to help you to re-strengthen your heart, lungs and muscles to regain your health. All Cardiac Rehabilitation for Jameson is conducted at the Jameson Center for Cardiac Health on Wilmington Road. It is a medically-supervised program to improve your overall physical, mental and social functioning after a cardiac event or procedure. The goal is to stabilize, slow and even reverse heart disease.
Jameson’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program includes:
- Nutrition counseling
- Exercise education and monitoring
- Working closely with you to modify your specific risk factors, including: high blood pressure, smoking, high blood cholesterol, physical inactivity, obesity and diabetes
- Offering guidance to help the patient return safely to work
- Offering emotional guidance and support
- Identifying physical limitations and how to improve capacities
- Medication counseling
For more information on Reversing Heart Disease, visit our page for Jameson’s
Contact InformationJameson Hospital North Campus – Cardiology Department
1211 Wilmington Road
New Castle, Pennsylvania 16105