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)
- Chest pain (angina)
- Congenital heart problems
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Heart rhythm complications (arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation)
- Heart valve issues
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 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.
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.
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.