Cardiac Care at Oro Valley Hospital focuses on the functions and disorders of the heart and its connected circulatory system. According to the American Heart Association, 84 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease, affecting blood flow throughout the body. Cardiovascular disease can lead to heart attacks, strokes or other serious complications.
Oro Valley Hospital is an accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. Cardiac specialists at Oro Valley Hospital work to recognize potential problems and manage risk factors or conditions with a goal of helping you live a longer, healthier life.
When patients come to the Oro Valley Hospital Emergency Room complaining of chest pain or discomfort, they receive immediate treatment to avoid as much heart damage as possible. The sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage is done to the heart.
Not all heart attacks are dramatic. Don't miss these signs:
If you think you are having a heart attack, don't wait. Call 9-1-1 immediately.
Heart attacks in women often have different causes and symptoms than those in men, and they're deadlier, too. That's the premise of a scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) that hopes to raise awareness about key differences in heart attack indicators and treatment in women.
Diagnostic procedures provide information to your primary care physician or your cardiologist about a heart condition. Your cardiologist will select a diagnostic procedure to perform based on where the suspected problem lies: the heart's electrical system, coronary arteries, or the heart muscle and valves.Nuclear imaging helps physicians diagnose heart conditions. Nuclear imaging technology is paired with stress testing and allows physicians to measure blood flow to the heart during exercise and rest periods. Diminished blood flow during exercise may indicate coronary artery disease.
A cardiac catheterization lab is solely dedicated to diagnostic tests to help pinpoint the location and status of heart problems. Minimally invasive and painless, these procedures allow the cardiac care team to see the inside of the heart and surrounding structures.
During heart catheterization, a thin plastic tube, or catheter, is inserted into an artery or vein in the arm or groin, then advanced into the heart's pumping chambers or the coronary arteries. Catheters are used to inject dye into the coronary arteries so they can be more easily viewed. The test also measures blood pressure within the heart, the heart's pumping capability and the amount of oxygen present in the blood. Catheterization is also used with infants and children to check for congenital heart defects.
A simple, painless procedure, echocardiography uses ultrasound – the same technology that is used to view a baby in the mother's womb – to see the heart's structure and function, and check for defects or inconsistencies.
Also known as an EKG, an electrocardiogram is a simple test that records the heart's electrical activity and pinpoints the source of heart problems, such as heart attack, irregular heartbeat, or lack of blood flow.
A cardiac stress test, usually performed under physical stress while the patient exercises on a treadmill, helps evaluate arterial blood flow to the heart muscle during physical exertion, as opposed to blood flow while at rest. The stress test can also measure overall cardiovascular fitness.
After a heart attack or surgery, cardiac rehabilitation puts patients back on the road to good health and teaches methods for caring for the heart and minimizing heart-related problems through lifestyle modifications. A medically supervised program, cardiac rehabilitation includes nutrition counseling, patient and family counseling, smoking cessation resources, exercise classes, stress management techniques and other behavior modification classes.
Oro Valley Hospital’s Cardiopulmonary department offers diagnostic services for the heart and lungs. Licensed respiratory therapists perform noninvasive procedures including electrocardiograms (EKGs), stress testing and echocardiography to help determine how the heart is functioning. They also assist patients with pulmonary function studies, arterial blood gas procedures and pulse oximetry to help physicians better understand of how a patient’s lungs are functioning.
To learn more about cardiac care at Oro Valley Hospital, please call:
1551 East Tangerine Road
Tucson, AZ 85755