The Heart Center at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake offers the latest innovations in cardiac care and clinical therapies. We see patients with common heart problems, such as chest pain, arterial disease, valve disease, rhythm disorders and heart failure. We listen carefully to each patient’s concerns and develop the very best evaluation and treatment plan.
We’re also committed to preventing heart problems in at-risk individuals. We help people with diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, those who smoke, obese individuals and others who are at risk to help them adopt healthier lifestyles.
We employ a number of comprehensive techniques to diagnose and treat heart disease.
An ECG or EKG can determine if the heart is beating normally, detect heart disease or find problems with the electrical functions of the heart.
A Holter Monitor is a machine that will record your heart rhythms for 24 hours or more. The monitor is worn continuously throughout the day and night. It can help physicians determine if there is a problem with the heart that a regular EKG can’t detect.
An echocardiogram creates various images of the heart and its structure. It can measure cardiac output, detect abnormalities and infections of the heart valves.
The TEE is a test used to create high-quality moving images of the heart and blood vessels. Specialists guide a slender transducer (a device that directs sound waves) into the esophagus, the tube that connects the throat to the stomach, through the patient’s throat.
Patients with coronary artery blockages may have little to no symptoms while at rest. So a stress echocardiogram involves the patient exercising or taking medication to stress the heart while a specialist observes and measures how the heart and blood vessels are working. Movement of the left ventricle, the major pumping chamber of the heart, can reveal symptoms and signs of heart disease during this test.
The patient exercises on a treadmill in a medically supervised setting with progressive increases in the speed and elevation of the treadmill while the patient's electrocardiogram (ECG), heart rate, heart rhythm, and blood pressure are continuously monitored.
A nuclear stress test uses radioactive dye in the body to measure blood flow to your heart muscle both at rest and during stress on the heart. It's performed similarly to a routine exercise stress test, but it provides images that can show areas of low blood flow through the heart and areas of damaged heart muscle.
We offer our patients a range of treatment options for cardiac arrhythmias, including medication and cardioversion, a therapy for people with atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter in which electric currents are used to restore a normal heart rhythm.
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