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Cardiac Care in Clyde, NC
Making heart health a priority
Heart health is about more than just your heart. Blood pressure, cholesterol, family history and other factors all play important roles in keeping your heart strong. If you have questions about your heart health but aren’t quite sure where to begin, start with a heart health assessment and learn more about any risks you may have for heart-related conditions. Your journey to a stronger heart starts here.
Heart CT for Calcium Scoring
Calcium scoring, also called a heart CT scan, is a painless, non-invasive way of obtaining information about your coronary arteries. This screening provides pictures of your heart's arteries and identifies if calcium deposits are present – which helps determine if you have a higher risk of having a heart attack or other potential symptoms of heart disease.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S.1 Cardiac Calcium Scoring is a safe, painless test that can detect potential heart problems in advance. The results allow your doctor to calculate your risk of heart attack and detect early blockage and plaque build-up. Join us on a path to better wellness.
Who Should Have a Heart CT?
A heart CT for calcium scoring should be considered if you:
- Are at least 35 years old
- Are not currently being treated for heart disease
- Do not have a pacemaker
- Have at least two of these risk factors:
- High cholesterol levels
- High blood pressure
- Family history of heart disease
- History of cigarette smoking
- Physical inactivity
1 - Murphy SL, Xu J, Kochanek KD, Arias E. Mortality in the United States, 2017. NCHS data brief, no 328. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics; 2018.
Maintaining a strong heart means getting to know your heart and staying on top of factors that play into its health, like blood pressure, cholesterol levels, family history and exercise. And when you act early to check your heart health, we’re in a better position to catch any potential issues and work with you to keep you healthy for the long run.
Haywood Regional Medical Center offers an integrated approach to heart and vascular care that spans the spectrum from prevention and diagnostic care to the latest in surgical treatments and rehabilitation. Through state-of-the-art technology and expert clinical care, our physicians and staff treat patients for a variety of conditions and disease affecting the cardiovascular system, comprised of heart and blood vessels.
Find a cardiologist to take care of your heart! Call 800.424.DOCS (3627).
Accredited Chest Pain Center
In 2016, Haywood Regional Medical Center received full accreditation status as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. This accreditation means we have achieved a higher level of expertise in caring for patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. The accredited Chest Pain Center's protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians, nurses and staff to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack when treatments are most effective, and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether or not they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.
When to see a cardiologist
You should see a cardiologist if you have...
occasional chest pain/pressure, shortness of breath, unexplained racing heart, or irregular or skipped beats.
identified warning signs like elevated lipid levels or hypertension.
a mother or father who had a heart attack at a young age.
an existing condition or have had heart procedures in the past (i.e. stenting or valve replacement).
Our Cardiovascular Services include:
- Diagnostic & Interventional Heart Catheterizations
- Echocardiography Studies
- Exercise & Nuclear Stress Testing
- Cardiac Rehab
- Venous, Arterial & Carotid Studies
- Vein Clinic
Haywood Regional Medical Center’s cardiac specialists are well-trained and equipped to diagnose cardiovascular difficulties. Through the use of such comprehensive tests and procedures such as echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), venous duplex ultrasound, arterial studies, carotid ultrasound, electrocardiography (EKG), Holter monitoring and Cardiolite Stress Testing, we are able to evaluate the health of your heart and circulatory system.
Our experienced cardiac catheterization team performs procedures using balloons, stents, and other devices to open blockages, or repair damaged blood vessels of the heart or body. This often avoids the need for surgery.
Common treatable conditions include coronary artery disease (narrowing of the coronary arteries), heart valve disease, or peripheral vascular disease. These can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks, stroke, or loss of limbs.
Interventional procedures are done under a local anesthetic and patient recovery is usually less than 24 hours. Patients are often home within two days of the procedure and back to their normal routine within one week. Interventional services can be performed during a cardiac catheterization if a problem is revealed during this diagnostic procedure.
Cardiac Rehab Center
Our Cardiac Rehab department includes team members who will work with you and your cardiologist to:
- identify your personal risk factors
- help you learn to control risk factors through patient education, nutritional counseling, and progressive exercise; and
- work with you to be well on your way to adopting a healthier lifestyle.
Haywood Regional Medical Center
Need a doc? Call our Physician Referral Line at 800.424.DOCS.
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