How well your heart is doing is critical to your overall health. When your primary care provider recommends you visit a cardiologist, you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible. A cardiologist will be able to assess your risk of heart disease and other conditions, and provide you with periodic screenings and treatment to prevent possible symptoms. At St. Lawrence Health, our team of cardiac specialists provide a wide range of diagnostic evaluations and therapeutic options in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Our clinical professionals have expertise in all areas of adult cardiology, as well as offering pediatric diagnostic services.
It's Time to Visit a Cardiologist
You should schedule an appointment with a cardiologist if:
- Your provider tells you to see a cardiac specialist
- You have a family history of heart disease or heart conditions
- You have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes
- You are a smoker or have a history of smoking
- If you have gum disease, leg pain or swelling feet
- You are experiencing a high-risk pregnancy
Cardiology Conditions Treated Through St. Lawrence
The cardiac team with St. Lawrence Health can provide diagnostic testing and inpatient or outpatient treatment for a wide range of conditions, including:
- congenital heart disease in the adult
- coronary artery disease
- pacemaker insertion
- preventative cardiology
- valvular heart disease
Diagnostic Testing and Procedures
Diagnostic procedures include CT angiography, exercise stress testing, nuclear stress testing with Cardiolite imaging during exercise and/or with pharmacologic stress, radionuclide ventriculography, transesophageal echocardiography, 2-dimensional echocardiography, 3-dimensional echocardiography, exercise and dobutamine echocardiography, and electroencephalogram (EEG) testing to evaluate brain waves for seizure disorders.
Pediatric EKG/ECHO services are available, and St. Lawrence Health is affiliated with Crouse Hospital Pediatric Cardiology for interpretations.
Diagnosing and Treating Angina
Angina is a condition that occurs when the heart is receiving an insufficient amount of blood, presenting as severe pain or tightness in the chest, shoulders, neck and back. It is a symptom of coronary artery disease, which can result in a heart attack. Once symptoms begin, it is important to be assessed by a provider as soon as possible in order to determine whether or not the angina is stable or unstable. St. Lawrence Health’s cardiac team is able to diagnose and treat angina, helping patients reduce symptoms.
EECP Therapy for Stable Angina
EECP therapy (Enhanced External Counter Pulsation) is a safe and effective outpatient therapeutic alternative to invasive procedures, and it may help alleviate painful angina episodes. It uses large blood-pressure-type cuffs that wrap around the legs and buttocks, and gently applies pressure to improve circulation from the lower part of your body back to your heart. Patients who are good candidates for EECP therapy should meet the following:
- Medications no longer relieve your angina symptoms
- You have had open-heart (bypass) surgery
- You have had a balloon angioplasty or stent, and your symptoms have returned
- Uou have chosen not to have any more invasive procedures
To learn more, call (315) 261-5985 and ask to speak with one of our EECP therapists. EECP Therapy is provided at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, 50 Leroy Street, Potsdam.