Cardiologists have special training to diagnose and treat patients suffering from cardiology and vascular disorders. A dedication to compassionate care enables Memorial Healthcare to treat patients in Owosso and the surrounding Mid-Michigan area like family when providing cardiology services.

What Is Cardiology?

Cardiology deals specifically with heart diseases and conditions. Cardiologists are doctors who specialize in this field of medicine, and they have extensive knowledge of the heart and blood vessels. These physicians are capable of diagnosing, treating, and helping patients manage numerous cardiovascular disorders, such as:

  • Artery disease (coronary, peripheral, renal, subclavian)
  • Arrhythmia
  • Chest pain (angina)
  • Congenital heart problems
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Heart rhythm complications (arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation)
  • Heart valve issues
  • Stroke

Our Cardiology Services

The team of cardiologists conducts various tests and procedures to help patients manage heart conditions. They also provide services for patients suffering from certain respiratory issues. Some specific care services patients can obtain include:

Cardiac Stress Testing

A stress test measures how a patient’s heart functions while exercising. The patient performs a physical activity while the doctor monitors their breathing and blood pressure. Exercise stress tests expose issues with blood flow in the heart, and cardiologists may conduct them if the patient shows symptoms of arrhythmia or coronary artery disease.

Nuclear Medicine Testing

Nuclear medicine, or nuclear imaging, is a non-invasive procedure that uses small doses of radioactive material to diagnose and treat heart disease. Unlike an X-ray or ultrasound, nuclear medicine testing does not use structural makeup to identify a disease. Instead, it looks at the operation of the bone, organ, or tissue.

Vascular Testing

Vascular tests observe the blood flow in a person’s veins and arteries. During vascular studies, cardiologists use ultrasound technology and a small, handheld probe called a transducer to calculate the amount of blood flow in the vessels.

Vascular Surgery

In some cases, a patient may need vascular surgery to experience an improved quality of life. In partnership with other vascular specialists, Memorial Healthcare cardiologists may perform either open or endovascular surgery or conduct a combination of small, less invasive procedures to treat vascular conditions.

Respiratory Care

The Respiratory Care Department offers many services that support patients with cardiological conditions, including adult mechanical ventilation, aerosol therapy, incentive spirometry, nebulizer treatment, oximetry, oxygen therapy, and peak flow measurement. At the Pulmonary Diagnostics laboratory, patients with asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema can obtain full pulmonary function and stress testing.


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Owosso, MI 48867

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Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

The cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program plays a significant role in the cardiology department. The popular Health & Fitness Exercise Program also utilizes advanced cardiac rehabilitation. The three following phases make up rehabilitation at Memorial Healthcare:

  • Preemptive Education: This inpatient program instructs patients on progressive exercise. Patients diagnosed with angina, chronic heart failure, or a heart attack will receive a referral to participate in this program.
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation: This outpatient program helps patients with stable angina or after coronary artery bypass, valve replacement, or myocardial infarction. It features three sessions a week for one and a half to three weeks, and patients gain a referral from the physician.
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation: After gaining referral from their physicians, patients obtain education and exercise to help them function at their highest ability. Some topics discussed include medication, diet, relaxation, and lung disease. Additionally, the exercise sessions are designed according to the unique abilities of each patient.

When Should a Patient See a Cardiologist?

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United State for men and women across racial and ethnic groups. Therefore, people at risk of contracting a heart condition must get help from a cardiologist. Some reasons to seek cardiology services include:

  • High blood pressure or cholesterol: If a primary care physician finds elevated blood pressure or cholesterol levels, they may recommend the patient sees a cardiologist. High blood pressure forces the heart to work harder for blood circulation, which raises the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Conversely, high cholesterol can produce plaque that clogs arteries.
  • Diabetes: Inadequate control of blood sugar impacts how blood vessels work, which intensifies a patient’s risk of having coronary artery disease.
  • Family history: Some heart diseases are passed down through the generations. Patients with relatives who developed early-onset heart disease may be at an increased risk for experiencing a disorder themselves.
  • Chest pain: While chest pressure may point toward other health issues, it is often a sign of heart disease. If the chest pain worsens during activity, it may suggest the heart is not getting enough blood. Sometimes, chest pain means a person is having a heart attack.
  • Smoking history: People who smoke tobacco are more likely to have high blood pressure and develop cancer. Even if a patient quits, they should still consider visiting a cardiologist.

Heart Attack Symptoms  

Some heart issues require immediate attention. For example, individuals experiencing symptoms of a heart attack should call 911 right away to get to the emergency room. Taking this step mitigates the potential for heart damage. Some tell-tale signs of a heart attack include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Wringing chest pain or pressure
  • Chest tightness
  • Chronic chest discomfort
  • Pain that extends to the arms, neck, or shoulders

These symptoms can appear in both men and women, but there are some warning signs more common in women, such as:

  • Dizziness, nausea, or vomiting
  • Pain between the shoulder blades
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • A feeling of impending doom
  • Indigestion or gas-like discomfort

Seek Cardiology Services from Memorial Healthcare

Patients throughout the greater Shiawassee County area and surrounding locations should turn to Memorial Healthcare in Owosso, MI, for cardiology diagnosis and treatment. The non-profit hospital serves nearly 30,000 emergency patients and delivers ancillary services to more than 200,000 outpatients and 3,800 inpatients. In addition to providing compassionate patient care, the physicians and staff at Memorial Healthcare work alongside community leaders, residents, and patients to continually enhance and expand services. Contact us today to learn more about cardiology care or other patient services.

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Obtain Cardiology Services From Memorial Healthcare

To learn more about cardiology services and available patient resources, contact us today.