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Cardiac Care

Cardio-Pulmonary Testing Available at CRMC

  • Echocardiogram
  • Holter Monitor Testing
  • Stress Test
  • Pharmacological Stress Test
  • Myoview Stress Test
  • Pacemaker Checks

Cardiac wellness requires commitment - yours and ours. If you have cardiovascular disease, your commitment to regular supervised exercise and a healthy lifestyle must be consistent for you to regain strength. Our commitment at Catskill Regional Medical Center means that trained staff will be with you every step of the way to help you make meaningful and healthful lifestyle changes.

CRMC's Cardiac Care provides:

  • Specially trained personnel
  • Built-in safety factors
  • Availability of all hospital services
  • Information on your medications
  • Review of your medications
  • Feedback to monitor your progress
  • Diet and nutrition review
  • Information on reducing risk factors
  • Peace of mind -- you are getting the best help available
  • Continuous monitoring of your exercise regimen
  • Stress management

Planned and supervised exercise is good for you and your heart. Programs at CRMC are designed to reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke by helping you:

  • Lose weight and increase your lean body mass
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Lower your cholesterol level
  • Lower your levels of triglycerides (fatty acids)
  • Ease stress and depression
  • Strengthen your sense of well-being
  • Reduce chest pain from angina
  • Increase your capacity to work and exercise
  • Increase the efficiency of your muscles

Cardio-Pulmonary Care

CRMC wants to help you prevent heart disease: Eat a diet low in animal fats and cholesterol and high in fruits, vegetables, and grains. Stay away from cigarettes. Keep your body weight within a healthy range. Keep your blood pressure and blood sugar under control.

This will pay off in many ways. Heart disease still remains the number one killer in the United States. Our fast-paced lives can sometimes make it difficult to stick to a healthy lifestyle. Even the most health-conscious person may not be able to overcome an inherited risk for heart disease or a problem in the structure of the heart.

The cardiologists at CRMC are experts in diagnosing and treating heart disease. If you have another medical condition, such as diabetes or kidney disease, your cardiologist will know how to plan your care to take all your health needs into account. Sometimes your family doctor will ask a cardiologist to evaluate your heart and recommend the right treatment or further tests. An example of this might involve a stress test for someone with a family history of heart disease. Chest pain or discomfort is one of the most common reasons to see a cardiologist. Serious heart problems require the ongoing care of a cardiologist.

Our preventive cardiologists will evaluate your risk of heart disease and start preventive therapy. Our rehabilitative cardiologists focus on your recovery after a heart attack or an episode of congestive heart failure. Both help you to make healthy changes in many parts of your life, in addition to taking the appropriate medications for your particular problems.

Our cardiologists, the Cardio-Pulmonary Department and the Radiology Department work together as a team to assist in providing you with the treatment you may require. The tests can be performed in the office or the Cardio-Pulmonary Department as an outpatient procedure. The information from these tests will help your cardiologist to plan the appropriate treatment for you.

CRMC's Cardio-Pulmonary services include:

  • Ecocardigram (Appointment required)

An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of your heart. The heart and valves are visualized using sound waves and a video recording is made.
Preparation: There is no preparation required for this exam.
Length of Exam: Approximately one hour

  • Holter Monitor Testing (Appointment required)

A Holter monitor is a small recorder that you wear on your body to monitor your heart rate and rhythm throughout the day and night. You will be asked to return the recorder within a day or two.
Preparation: There is no preparation required for this exam. Please bring a list of your medications.
Length of Exam: Approximately 20 minutes to attach the recorder to patient

  • Exercise Stress Test (Appointment required)

An exercise stress test (treadmill test) monitors your heart rate while you walk on a treadmill.
Preparation: No eating, drinking or smoking after midnight prior to the test. Wear comfortable walking shoes and loose-fitting clothing.
Length of Exam: Approximately 30-45 minutes

  • Pharmacological Stress Test (Appointment required)

This stress test is used for people who cannot exercise. You will receive adenosine IV (intravenously) is given to the patient to dilate (widen) your blood vessels as if you were exercising. The technician will then inject a radiographic isotope through an IV line and will run a scan. Another scan is done three hours later. You may not eat during that time.
Preparation: No eating, drinking or smoking after midnight prior to the exam. The Cardio-Pulmonary Department will request a list of medications you are taking, and information on any allergies you might have.
Length of exam: Approximately four hours

  • Myoview Stress Test (Appointment required)

A Myoview stress test is done by injecting a radiographic isotope (Myoview) through an IV. The injection is followed by a scan in nuclear medicine. The patient must also have a resting scan.
Preparation: The patient must not eat, drink or smoke from midnight the night before the exam. The nuclear medicine department will give instructions for the resting scan.
Length of Exam: Approximately four hours

  • Pacemaker Checks (Appointment required)

This checkup ensures that the pacemaker is working as it should. Your doctor will let you know how often it should be checked. When you visit the office or clinic for a pacemaker check (perhaps every six months), here is what the doctor will learn:

  • How your heart is working
  • Whether the device is properly connected to your heart
  • Whether the device needs a change in programming to assure your safety

Preparation: You should have your pacemaker ID card and your insurance card. You will be asked for the name of your primary care physician or a cardiologist where reports will be sent.
Length of Exam: Approximately one hour

Pulmonary Services

The CRMC Pulmonary Department provides 24/7 coverage including:

  • Neo-natal, pediatric and adult mechanical ventilation
  • Lung function testing
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Administration of medicines to improve breathing
  • Better Breather support group (April - November) 2nd Thursday of every month at 3 p.m. in the ASB Boardroom at the Harris campus

For more information, call Nadine Gallagher at 845.794.3300, Extension 2142

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