Cardiovascular Treatments & Services
Our team of cardiovascular specialists offer extensive experience in all aspects of cardiology care: non-invasive cardiology, interventional cardiology, and electrophysiology. Each doctor brings a unique perspective and offers specialized care in the detection and treatment of heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, and disorders of the heart.
Our team also includes advanced expertise in complete interventional cardiac care, including cardiac catheterization, interventional coronary procedures and interventional peripheral vascular procedures. We offer office locations in York, Wells and Newington (formerly known as Seacoast Cardiology) and provide testing and treatment at some of these locations and at York Hospital.
CARDIAC DIAGNOSTIC TESTING AVAILABLE
Ankle-Brachial (ABI) Testing
This test is usually called an Echo. It uses sound waves (ultrasound) to produce a moving, two-dimensional (2D) image of the patient’s beating heart on a video screen. It is a painless procedure that does not use x-rays and is completely safe. The physician can study the heart’s size and function, the motion and structure of the four heart valves and measure the direction and speed of blood flow. The test takes approximately 45 to 60 minutes to perform. No preparation is required.
EKG – Electrocardiogram
Treadmill Test/Stress Test – Adult
T-wave Aternans Testing
- This is a specialized type of EKG that looks at a very specific aspect of the heart’s electrical activity. It is used as a screening tool to assess a patient’s risk for a certain type of rhythm abnormality. It is usually done in conjunction with a stress test.
York Hospital’s renowned Cardiac & Vascular Catheterization Lab provides cardiac catheterizations, electrophysiology studies, and ablations and vascular & cardiac angiography. In addition, York Hospital is one of only four hospitals in the state of Maine to perform Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (coronary artery ballooning/stenting).
York Hospitals’ Cardiology team also offers electrophysiology as a specialty. If heart rhythm problems are discovered, physicians and members of the team will perform the appropriate procedures including ablation or the implant of a pacemaker (including biventricular) or defibrillator.
PACEMAKER & IMPLANTABLE DEFIBRILLATOR CLINICS
Pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) are small battery-powered, devices implanted in the chest to regulate the hearts rate and rhythm. Pacemakers are designed to correct bradycardias (slow heart rhythms) and ICD’s tachycardias (fast heart rhythms). These devices are implanted at York Hospital. Patients with pacemakers and ICD’s need to have their devices checked to monitor the clinical effectiveness of their devices and the status of the batteries and electronics. Clinic visits usually occur every three to four months, but could be more frequent depending on several factors, such as how old the device is or whether a device needs to be readjusted because of changes in a patient’s medical status. Telephone follow-up is also done for pacemaker patients. Patients use a special transmitter to send their EKG to the clinic by phone. This allows patients the convenience of checking their pacemaker from anywhere they have access to a phone without having to come to the clinic for every checkup. Typically, an individual will be scheduled for telephone pacer checks once every three months, with one clinic visit scheduled per year.
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