Cortland Regional Cardiology
With our Cardiology team, you won’t skip a beat
Whether you have an existing heart condition or need to be evaluated,
trust the expert cardiology team at Cortland Regional Medical Center to
offer you quality, cardiovascular care. Using state-of-the-art imaging,
non-invasive vascular testing, stress tests, lifestyle coaching, and cardiac
rehabilitation, we’re here to help you achieve your best heart health,
right here, close to home.
We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of heart conditions
including but not limited to:
- Congestive heart failure
- Cardiac rhythm disorders
- Coronary artery disease
- Valvular heart disease
Our Outpatient Services include:
- Echocardiography & Stress Testing
- Peripheral Vascular Testing
- Pacemaker Clinic
- Cardiac Rehab
Evaluating Your Heart Under Stress
All of us feel and react to stress in different ways and sometimes it
can lead to a wide variety of health problems — including high blood
pressure (hypertension).Stress becomes a risk factor for your heart especially
when your body is exposed to chronic
stress and unhealthy, high levels of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol.
Studies also link stress to changes in the way our blood clots, increasing
the risk of heart attack.
At Cortland Regional, our supportive and caring staff provides you with
local and easy cardiac stress testing for early detection and treatment
of cardiovascular diseases. Tests performed:
Treadmill Stress Test
The simple stress test is used to evaluate both the vascular and heart
systems during exercise to determine the amount of stress your heart can
handle before developing an abnormal rhythm. The test answers two common
questions – does stress from exercise reveal an underlying heart
disease? If so, how severe is it?
Nuclear Stress Test
Nuclear stress tests combine exercise with nuclear testing such as a Positron
Emission Tomography (PET) scan to reveal more detailed information. These
tests can help measure the cause of chest pain, the extent of artery blockage,
and prognosis of those who have recently suffered from a heart attack.
It can also help measure the level of exercise a patient can safely perform.
Dobutamine Nuclear Stress Test
This type of nuclear test is used to see if your heart muscle is getting
the proper blood supply without your physical activity.
An echocardiogram test is a test that shows the heart's movement through
a sonogram, or ultrasound. Your doctor may perform an "echo"
to determine the presence of many types of heart disease, assess the overall
function of the heart, or follow the progress of heart valve disease over time.
Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram
This test is done both before and after your heart has been stressed by
non-exercise techniques. The test is usually performed to find out if
you may have decreased blood flow to your heart.
Echocardiography is a cardiac ultrasound of the heart used to diagnose
cardiovascular diseases while providing important information about the
size and shape of the heart, the heart's pumping capacity, and the
location and extent of any damage of its tissues. At Cortland Regional,
we the tests we specifically utilize are the echocardiogram and TEE.
This is a test in which ultrasound is used to examine the heart. It provides
more advanced imaging and a more accurate measurement of the heart chambers.
This test provides your doctor with information about the size of the
chambers of the heart and the pumping function of the heart.
This test is used to see the inside of your heart and blood vessels. Your
doctor may want to perform this test if you have a problem in your heart,
a problem with your heart valves, or a problem with the blood flow in
Peripheral Vascular Testing
This test uses ultrasound to view blood vessels, including arteries in
the neck. Blockages and narrowing passages of the blood vessel walls may
also be diagnosed using this technique.
EKG and 24 hour Holter Monitoring
Quick, safe and painless, an EKG can help our team diagnose a real-time
emergency, such as a heart attack in progress or help detect long-term
patterns by recording the electrical activity of your heart. For example,
if you have high blood pressure, an EKG may show that your heart has become
enlarged due to the extra work of pumping blood under higher pressure.
An EKG can be used to:
- Check your heart rhythm
- See if you have poor blood flow (ischemia) to your heart muscle
- Diagnose a heart attack
- Diagnose first or second degree heart blocks.
If our team suspects that you have an abnormal heart rhythm, have palpitations,
or don't have enough blood flow to your heart muscle, we may ask you
to wear a Holter monitor. This is a portable EKG that checks the electrical
activity of your heart over the course of 1 to 2 days, 24-hours a day.
Trust the Pacemaker Clinic team at Cortland Regional Medical Center to
work with you after your pacemaker has been implanted. We’ll assess
appropriate function, test generator and lead integrity, extract diagnostic
information, assess battery status, and determine elective replacement time.
Cardiac rehabilitation, or “cardiac rehab,” is a medically
supervised exercise and education program for patients with heart disease.
Beginning while you are in the hospital (Phase I), once you have been
discharged from the hospital, Cortland Regional offers Phase II, the initial
outpatient phase of cardiac rehabilitation.
This eight to twelve week program aims to ease patients who have experienced
a cardiac event, such as a heart attack or heart surgery, back into normalcy
through monitored exercise and education.
Exercise counseling and training: Moving gets your heart pumping and your entire cardiovascular system working. You’ll
learn how to get your body moving in fun, effective ways that promote
Education for heart-healthy living: Managing your risk factors, learning about heart-healthy eating and weight
control, smoking cessation, stress management and relaxation techniques,
and guidelines for physical activity at home and at work.
Comfortable work out facility: Our comfortable, private exercise room offers a full array of equipment, such
as treadmills, an elliptical machine, a N-U step machine, recumbent bike,
ergometer, and an air dyne bike. You’ll be under constant monitoring
to ensure you are exercising within safe ranges of exertion.
When your heart needs compassionate, experienced care, choose Cortland
Regional. Your connection to great health.