Cardiovascular disease treatment in Dublin, Georgia
Since cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death in Georgia, it is comforting to know you can find quality cardiovascular care in Laurens County. Our heart doctors are dedicated to giving our patients the best care possible. We offer a team of experienced physicians and technologists as well as state-of-the art technology to provide you with a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. Additionally, Fairview Park Hospital is proud to be the regions only American College of Cardiology accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI.
To find out more information about our heart care and services, call us at (478) 275-2000.
What are cardiovascular diseases?
Cardiovascular diseases consist of diseases of the heart (cardio) and blood vessel system (vascular)—including arteries, capillaries and veins—within a person’s entire body, such as the brain, legs and lungs. Over time, the arteries that bring blood to the heart and brain can become blocked from a buildup of fat, cells and cholesterol. That buildup is known as plaque, which causes heart attacks and stroke because of the lack of blood flow to the brain from a blood clot or bleeding in the brain from a broken blood vessel.
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD)
PAD is the buildup of fatty deposits and plaque that block the flow of blood through arteries in the lower extremities. When there is a decrease in the blood supply to the legs, the most common symptom is pain or cramping when walking. If left untreated, this could potentially lead to gangrene and amputation.
Our non-invasive procedures utilize the least intrusive procedure to determine your diagnosis. We ensure that the procedures highlight your heart issue and determine if more invasive procedures are needed. Some of our non-invasive procedures include heart screening and imaging services, such as:
- Treadmill stress test
- Treadmill thallium stress test
After non-invasive procedures have been performed and if a problem has been detected, a more detailed, or invasive, procedure may be required. Our cardiovascular surgeons will provide the best procedures for you and ensure you receive personalized treatment.
Diagnostic cardiac catheterization
Heart catheterization is the process of introducing hollow plastic tubes called catheters into veins and/or arteries in the neck, leg or arm, from which they are advanced to the right and/or left sides of the heart. The procedure is conducted while the patient is under mild anesthesia. Unlike bones, X-ray cannot see the heart and the blood vessels without contrasting dye. Once the catheters are positioned in the various heart chambers or blood vessels, the pressure of the blood in various chambers of the heart can be measured, blood samples can be taken and dye can be injected to allow X-ray visualization.
This procedure is performed to treat peripheral arterial disease and is also known as balloon angioplasty. Under local anesthesia and through a tiny puncture in the groin area, a small, balloon-tipped catheter is inserted into the affected artery and advanced to the site of the blockage. The balloon is inflated to flatten the fatty deposits and widen the artery. A stent—a small, metal tube or “scaffold”—is inserted to keep the artery open.
After your heart or vascular surgery, a team of physicians, nurses, exercise specialists, dieticians, pharmacists, occupational and physical therapists will ensure that you stay on the road to full heart health. Through education and one-on-one therapy, you become familiar with how your heart works and what it takes to keep it in good condition. This education and therapy can include aerobics, weight training, cholesterol and weight management, smoking cessation, specialized diet, diabetes management and stress control. Our skilled professionals in the cardiac rehabilitation program will do whatever it takes to help you develop and maintain a healthy heart.
Telecardiology is a new wave of technology that allows the delivery of health services via telecommunications. This is a collaborative process that allows medical staff at other facilities to view your information resulting in an interactive diagnosis.