Cardiovascular diseases, principally heart disease and stroke, are among the nation's leading killers for both men and women among all racial and ethnic groups. More than 70 million Americans, or one out of three adults, have some form of cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure and other conditions. It is estimated that 1.2 million Americans have a heart attack each year.
Factors that put people at increased risk for heart disease and stroke include:
- High Blood Pressure
- High Blood Cholesterol
- Tobacco Use
- Physical Inactivity
- Dietary Factors
- Overweight / Obesity
Source: American Heart Association
Cardiology Services at Cabell Huntington Hospital include:
- Cardiac Catheterization Lab
- Cardiac Rehabilitation
- Tobacco Cessation Program: Freedom From Smoking is a tobacco cessation program developed by the American Lung Association. The clinic consists of eight group sessions led by a certified Freedom From Smoking facilitator. The program uses a positive behavior modification approach that teaches you how to become a nonsmoker for good. You will receive guidance in developing your own quitting plan, dealing with recovery symptoms, controlling weight, managing stress, and practicing relaxation techniques. Download brochure
- Echocardiograms: Echocardiogram is a test that uses sound waves to create a moving picture of the heart. The picture is much more detailed than x-ray image and involves no radiation exposure.
- EKG: An electrocardiogram, also called an EKG or ECG, is a simple test that detects and records the electrical activity of the heart. It is used to detect and locate the source of heart problems.
- Event Monitors: Event monitors are small devices that are used by patients over a longer period (typically one month). Two electrodes on the chest connect two wires to the event recorder. The monitor is always on, but will only store the patient's rhythm when the patient or caregiver pushes the button. Download brochure
- Holter Monitors: The Holter monitor is a device that records the heart rhythm continuously for 24 hours. Electrodes placed on the chest are connected to wires from the Holter monitor, which the patient carries. The heart rhythm is recorded and then evaluated by a cardiologist.
- Stress Testing: An exercise stress test evaluates the effect of exercise on your heart to see how healthy your heart is. During the test, the electrical activity of the heart is measured while you walk on a treadmill or pedal a stationary bicycle. This measures the heart's reaction to your body's increased demand for oxygen.
- Tilt Tables: A tilt table test may be recommended if you experience fainting or lightheadedness. It measures how your heart rate and blood pressure react to changes in position.
- Transesophageal Echo (TEE): A Transesophageal Echocardiogram uses ultrasound waves to produce images of the heart and to evaluate the function of the heart and its vessels.
Source: National Library of Medicine
- Last updated: 08/28/2011