Heart and Vascular Health

Specializing in heart and vascular care

At Ascension Lourdes, our heart and vascular team provides advanced diagnostic testing and procedures, so you get the care that is right for you.

Cardiovascular health

Lourdes Center for Cardiovascular Health - 607-798-5723; Loures Vascular Lab - Call our Central Scheduling Department at 607-798-5723 and we will be happy to provide you with an appointment within just a few days.; Lourdes Cardiology - 607-798-7100; Lourdes Anticoagulation Clinic - For more information, call 607-251-2413.

Lourdes Cardiology

Lourdes Cardiology specializes in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of heart disease.

We provide the highest quality cardiovascular care to our patients, implementing the most advanced methods of Early Detection, Clinical Management, Prevention, Education, and Rehabilitation of cardiovascular disease.

The key to treating heart disease is seeking prompt medical attention when a problem does arise and making healthy lifestyle changes. Our board-certified cardiologists can diagnose circulatory system problems that may lead to heart disease and can give you expert advice on maintaining good heart health and how to better take care of yourself.

In Case of Emergency:

Go to the nearest hospital emergency department if you have chest pains, difficulty breathing, serious injury or bleeding, or severe pain.

Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. In some cases, it can be traced back to high cholesterol, high blood pressure and other consequences of an unhealthy lifestyle. Genetics, or family history, play a large part in your overall heart health. Our expert cardiologists can help treat, diagnose, and manage your heart disease.

Need Help? Please call Lourdes Cardiology at 607-798-7100 for assistance.

Lourdes Cardiovascular is a multi-disciplinary team of providers who have come together in an effort to provide early detection and prevention of cardio-vascular disease.

Cardio-vascular disease (CVD) is a group of medical problems that affect the heart and surrounding blood vessels. CVD can take many forms such as: high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, carotid artery disease, stroke, or abdominal aortic aneurysms.

Carotid artery disease is a narrowing of the carotid arteries, the major vessels in the body that supply blood to the brain, usually caused by plaque which is formed from cholesterol, fat, and other substances that build up on the surfaces of the artery.

Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are a weakening of the artery wall. The artery may enlarge or balloon to the point where rupture is possible. Factors which can cause AAA are: high blood pressure, smoking, and family history of aneurysms.

Risk Factors for Developing Cardio-Vascular Disease are:

  • Age - people 50 years of age or older are at an increased risk of developing cardio-vascular diseases.
  • Diabetes - people with diabetes are at an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease.
  • High Cholesterol - people with a total cholesterol level of greater than 200 are at an increased risk of having a heart attack or a stroke.
  • Smokers - people who have or are currently smoking are at an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, and AAA.
  • Overweight - people who are overweight are at an increased risk of developing diabetes, having a heart attack, high blood pressure, or stroke.
  • Lack of Exercise - people who exercise less than three times a week are at an increased risk of becoming overweight, developing diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.
  • Family History - having a family member who has suffered from stroke, heart attack, or aneurysm can put you at an increased risk for CVD.

If you feel that you may be at risk for developing Cardio-Vascular Disease and are a patient of the Lourdes Primary Care Network call the Lourdes Center for Cardio-Vascular Health at 607-798-5723 to see if our Cardio-Vascular Screening is right for you.

The Cardio-Vascular Screening consists of:

  • A brief carotid ultrasound to identify disease.
  • A brief abdominal aortic ultrasound to identify aneurysms.
  • Blood pressure readings to evaluate for high blood pressure.
  • Results will be forwarded to your Primary Care Provider after review by one of our specialists.

Screenings are available Monday - Friday, take 20 minutes, and cost only $20.00

If you don't have a primary care provider, please call 1-877-9LOURDES for help in finding a Lourdes Primary Care Provider.

Vascular Lab

Services Offered

  • Carotid Duplex Studies
  • Venous Doppler Studies
  • Arterial Doppler Studies
  • Abdominal Aorta Studies

Using sophisticated ultrasound technology, we offer non-invasive testing to evaluate blood flow. We assess carotid arteries for stroke risk and evaluate legs and arms for blood clots. We can also check the abdominal aorta for aneurysms which if left untreated can rupture and become life threatening. The testing is painless and is performed in a private setting in the hospital's Cardiovascular Department.

Lourdes Vascular Lab staff consists of Registered Cardiovascular Ultrasound Technicians who have many years of experience performing vascular tests. They work closely our fellowship trained Vascular Surgeons. These specially trained surgeons review the studies and provide an interpretation for your Primary Care Provider, generally within 24 hours.

How to Make an Appointment

To schedule a test, you will need to have a physician's written order with a valid diagnosis code. This ensures that the correct study is ordered for your condition and that the test can be billed to your insurance.

Accreditation

Lourdes Vascular Lab is reviewed by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL), Lourdes Vascular Lab meets the highest standards in the field today. This means we offer a professional experience and are committed to providing you with a high level of patient care and quality testing.

Services Offered

  • Carotid Duplex Studies
  • Venous Doppler Studies
  • Arterial Doppler Studies
  • Abdominal Aorta Studies

Using sophisticated ultrasound technology, we offer non-invasive testing to evaluate blood flow. We assess carotid arteries for stroke risk and evaluate legs and arms for blood clots. We can also check the abdominal aorta for aneurysms which if left untreated can rupture and become life threatening. The testing is painless and is performed in a private setting in the hospital's Cardiovascular Department.

Do you have Congestive Heart Failure?

Congestive Heart Failure Heart failure affects nearly six million Americans and is one of the most common causes of hospitalization for people 65 and older. It occurs when the heart muscle is too weak to pump blood efficiently, too stiff to fill with blood, or both. Conditions such as coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, problems with heart valves or abnormal heart rhythms, obesity or alcohol/drug abuse can lead to heart failure.

Treatments can improve the signs and symptoms of heart failure, along with lifestyle changes such as exercising, reducing salt intake, and controlling conditions such as high blood pressure and Diabetes.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Shortness of breath, especially when lying down
  • Swelling (edema) in your legs, feet, ankles or abdomen
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Increased cough
  • Weight gain from fluid buildup (especially 2 pounds overnight or 3-4 pounds in a week)

Managing your heart failure

  • Weigh yourself every morning before breakfast & keep track of your weight.
  • Take your medicines exactly as prescribed. If you have questions about your medications contact your pharmacist or healthcare provider.
  • Keep all appointments with your healthcare provider.
  • Follow a low sodium diet and avoid salty foods.
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet.
  • Track your daily fluid intake.
  • Maintain a healthy weight & stay physically active.
  • Monitor your blood pressure.
  • Avoid or limit alcohol & caffeine consumption.
  • If you smoke and you need help quitting, talk to your healthcare provider.
  • Attend heart failure educational sessions and T-Time Support Group - Check our calendar for upcoming dates and times.
  • Talk with your healthcare provider if you experience fear, anxiety or depression.

Medications used to treat heart failure

  • Diuretics (fluid pills) - help reduce the fluid buildup in your lungs, feet and ankles.
  • ACE inhibitors/ARBs - lower blood pressure and decrease the heart’s workload.
  • Beta Blockers - slow your heart rate and lower your blood pressure to decrease your heart’s workload.
  • Aldosterone antagonists - are potassium-sparing diuretics that help the body get rid of salt and water through urine. This lowers the volume of blood that the heart must pump.
  • Digoxin - helps the heart beat stronger and pump more blood.

Medical Devices

If you have heart damage and severe symptoms, your provider might recommend a cardiac resynchronization therapy device (pacemaker) or an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).

Additional Support

Palliative Medicine - Palliative Medicine improves the quality of life for patients and families facing serious, progressive illnesses.

Cardiac Rehabilitation is also available for qualifying patients.

Nutrition Services are also available. Consultations with our registered dietitians provides current medical and scientific nutrition information as well as counseling strategies to help patients meet their individual goals.

Lourdes Center for Cardiovascular Health - 607-798-5723; Loures Vascular Lab - Call our Central Scheduling Department at 607-798-5723 and we will be happy to provide you with an appointment within just a few days.; Lourdes Cardiology - 607-798-7100; Lourdes Anticoagulation Clinic - For more information, call 607-251-2413.

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