Cardiology is a specific branch of medicine dealing with health of the heart and blood vessels — including diagnosis, treatment and preventive care for heart disease, artery disease, heart failure and electrophysiology. Fort Healthcare’s Specialty Clinic offers both preventive and specialty care in cardiology.
Tips for Cardiovascular Health
- Always use the Food Pyramid as a guide for a balanced diet.
- Eat lots of colorful fruits and veggies, which contain heart-healthy flavonoids. Flavonoids are micronutrients found in plants. Diets that are high in these micronutrients are associated with a decreased risk of cancer and heart disease.
- Get plenty of omega-3 essential fatty acids. Eat two servings per week of cold-water fish such as salmon, sardines or bluefish. Vegetarians should take flax seed oil or ground flax seed.
- Reduce your intake of carbohydrates!
- Get out and exercise! Walk five or six days a week. It’ll help keep your metabolism higher—good for weight control—than if you walk less frequently.
- Supercharge your diet with a good multivitamin/mineral complex.
- Stop smoking!
- Cut down on alcohol or eliminate it completely from your life.
- Practice a stress reduction technique such as yoga or meditation. Fort HealthCare offers several wellness classes to help your mind, body, and spirit.
The cardiac rehabilitation program is designed to help an individual with heart disease return to an optimal level of physical, emotional, social and vocational well-being.
The cardiac stress test is used to find out if there is significant blockage of the blood supply to the heart (coronary artery disease). In a nuclear stress test, the doctor is looking at the heart muscle itself and the amount of radioactive material picked up (perfused) by the heart. These tests give doctors a good idea of what is going on in your heart.
Cardiac Eval provides cardiac testing procedures requested by physicians. Tests include electrocardiograms (EKGs), stress tests, cardiolite (to evaluate adequacy of blood flow to the heart), persantine (to expand arteries in those unable to tolerate vigorous exercise) and Retrospective EKG Memory Loop Recordings to capture data of any arrhythmias causing patient symptoms. These tests are the same as those you would receive at a much larger hospital.
Do you know what to do in an emergency? Learn basic first aid, adult CPR and automatic external defibrillation (AED) from American Heart Association certified instructors.