BHS Cardiology Services
Cardiology Department at Butler Health System (BHS)
Butler Health System (BHS) provides our region with comprehensive, top-quality
cardiology services that are also convenient and focused on individual needs.
Services offered by the cardiology department at Butler Health System include:
Cardiac Catheterization - Cardiac catheterization is a type of test used by cardiologists to examine
the function of your heart and to check for problems. A long, narrow tube
called a catheter is inserted into blood vessels to produce a "movie"
of the heart, identifying heart muscle function and the presence of heart
disease. This test can also examine blood flow throughout the coronary arteries.
Cardiac Rehabilitation - Cardiac rehabilitation is a medically-supervised program that is designed
to help heart patients quickly recover their physical, mental, and social
functions while slowing the progression of cardiovascular disease. Located
on the Health System's East Campus at 127 Oneida Valley Road, patients
have access to a specially-equipped cardiac rehabilitation gym. Components
of the cardiac rehab program may include exercise counseling, heart health
education, and stress-relief practices.
Coronary CT Angiography - A computerized tomography (CT) coronary angiogram is a non-invasive
heart imaging test that examines blood-supplying arteries that feed the
heart. These tests look for fatty or calcium deposits built up in the
coronary arteries that could become problematic. These tests are not invasive
and do not necessitate recovery time.
Electrocardiogram (EKG) - An EKG is a highly advanced test that utilizes sound waves to produce
an image of the heart. This ultrasound test takes moving pictures of the
heart chambers, valves, and surrounding structures to measure cardiac
output and to detect abnormal anatomy or infections of the heart valves.
EKGs are non-invasive, painless, fast, and require no recovery time.
Electrophysiology - Electrophysiology is the branch of physiology that addresses the electrical
activity of the nervous system and more. This study involves the science
of the electrical activity and the electrical pathways of your heart.
Electrophysiology is subspecialty of cardiology that can help determine
the cause of your heart rhythm disturbance and the best course of treatment
for you. An electrophysiology study is a test that examines and records
the electrical pathways/activities of your heart to determine the underlying
cause of an irregular heartbeat.
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Endovascular AAA Repair - Endovascular aneurysm repair is a form of surgery that may be used to
remedy pathology of the aorta. It is most often used in treating abdominal
aortic aneurysm (AAA). This is a less invasive treatment for patients
with AAA. Doctors place an endograft—or a strong, flexible tube—in
the affected area to seal off the aneurysm.
Heart Failure Clinic - Our Heart Failure Clinic at Butler Health System is at East Campus,
127 Oneida Valley Road. This program helps to optimize treatment and to
educate patients. We want to provide our patients with personal attention,
individualized support, and targeted education after they have been diagnosed
with heart failure. We work closely with your Cardiologist while closely
monitoring your health and providing you with access to tools you can
use toward symptom management and improved lifestyle choices.
To learn more about our Heart Failure Clinic at BHS click here.
Open Heart Surgery - Open heart surgery is any type of procedure in which the muscles, arteries,
or valves of the heart are operated on via an open cut in the chest. This
is an operation that requires opening the chest cavity in order to modify
the heart muscle. Open heart procedures include coronary artery bypass
and heart valve procedures. Coronary artery bypass grafting is the most
frequently performed type of open heart surgical procedure, and involves
attaching a healthy vein or artery onto a coronary artery that is blocked.
Peripheral Vascular Disease Screening - Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) involves hardening of the arteries,
and is a condition that affects approximately eight million men and women
in America. Screening for PAD and related conditions can help you protect
your health for the long term. Various ultrasound tests that are used
to detect problems could lead to peripheral artery disease, carotid artery
disease, renal artery disease, and abdominal aortic aneurysms.
Stress Testing/Nuclear Cardiology - A nuclear stress test looks at the level of blood flow to your heart
while you are at rest and while you are under exertion. This diagnostic
test utilizes a special camera, which is used to view the heart during
exercise and while at rest in order to evaluate blood flow and the pumping
function of the heart. The nuclear stress test produces images your doctor
can use to pinpoint areas of low blood flow in the heart, or parts of
the heart muscle that have been damaged.
Valve Repair and Replacement - Valve repair/replacement is a treatment option for patients with valvular
heart disease, which typically involves open-heart surgery to either replace
the diseased valve or to repair it by inserting a support ring. There
are four different valves in the heart: pulmonary, tricuspid, aortic,
and mitral. Almost all valve repair and replacement procedures are conducted
on the mitral or aortic valves, which are found on the left side of the
heart, as this is the hardest-working part of the heart.
Vascular Ultrasound - A vascular ultrasound is non-invasive, diagnostic test that uses ultrasound
waves to produce images of veins and arteries. This test is used to determine
circulatory problems such as poor blood flow, blood clots, or other irregularities.
Your doctor may use a vascular ultrasound to identify a blockage. This
diagnostic procedure is not invasive and has no known dangerous or harming
Valve Clinic - The
BHS Valve Clinic involves a specific process for evaluating patients who have valvular
heart disease, including mitral regurgitation and aortic stenosis. Our
expert cardiothoracic surgeons and cardiologists within this program are
dedicated to patient care. We review patients using a multi-disciplinary
panel designed to craft optimized treatment plans.
Stroke - A stroke is a medical event that involves damage to the brain caused
by an interruption to the flow of blood to the brain. A stroke is an emergency
situation. Call 911 right away. Immediate medical attention is critical,
as early treatment can limit or prevent extensive brain damage. Additional
treatments from your doctor will focus on preventing associated complications
and preventing a future stroke. Symptoms of stroke include difficulty
communicating, including speaking and comprehension; difficulty walking;
and/or sudden paralysis or numbness of the face or limbs. Always seek
immediate medical attention if a stroke is suspected.
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