Life-Saving Cardiac Care Close to Home
The cardiology team at Weeks Medical Center specializes in diagnosing and treating all aspects of heart disease. Weeks is committed to working with patients to reduce the incidence of heart disease by promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. We believe it is important for heart problems to be identified early, so the treatment will ultimately be more successful.
Heart disease is a range of diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels. They can include coronary disease, heart rhythm problems, valvular and heart muscle problems, and congenital heart defects. Many forms of heart disease can be prevented or treated with a healthy lifestyle as well as diet and exercise.
Expert Cardiac Team
With a commitment to serving the community, our board certified cardiologists from the New England Heart and Vascular Institute at Catholic Medical Center and a board certified physician assistant and pediatric echosonographer combine their skills to provide state-of-the-art cardiac care. Their skills are combined with a highly trained team of medical and administrative professionals dedicated to treatment and prevention of heart disease.
Weeks Medical Center Echo Lab Accredited by the IAC
Early detection of life threatening heart disorders and other diseases is possible through the use of echocardiography. The skill of the echocardiography sonographer performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician and quality assurance measures are each critical to quality patient testing. Weeks Medical Center Echo Lab has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in echocardiography by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). Accreditation by the IAC means that Weeks Medical Center Echo Lab has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC grants accreditation only to facilities that are providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards. IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on Weeks Medical Center in the field of echocardiography.
The cardiology team uses the latest techniques, equipment and procedures to evaluate the nature and extent of cardiac disease.
Our team uses state of the art nuclear medicine with the administration of isotopes that can track normal and abnormal blood flow throughout the heart area to diagnose coronary artery disease.
Echocardiogram is the latest ultrasound equipment using sound waves to create a moving image of the heart. The ultrasound image is far more detailed than a regular x-ray image and involves no radiation exposure to diagnose coronary, valvular, and structured heart diseases.
Cardiac Stress Testing
Cardiologists perform these tests, assisted by specialty nurses. While patients walk on a treadmill connected to an EKG machine, blood pressure readings are carefully monitored and often combined with an imaging modality, such as nuclear and echocardiography. The cardiologist evaluates whether any problems encountered can be treated with medications or surgical interventions.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program (6-week, fully-accredited, out-patient) serves patients who have had cardiac-related medical issues such as heart attacks, bypass surgery, coronary stenting, stable angina, heart valve repair or a transplant. The combination of exercise and education programs assist patients in regaining their health and learning how to retain it.
Weeks is committed to preventing serious heart disease issues through pro-active community education. The hospital offers a Smoking Cessation Program, as well as an active Diabetes Education Program. Recognizing that childhood obesity is a serious North Country problem, Weeks also provides a 10-session program call Get in Shape, which addresses the needs of overweight school-age children.
Weeks Medical Center is fully committed to fighting heart disease in the North Country by offering the most comprehensive and compassionate heart care close to home. Through a combination of skilled cardiac professions, the most current technology, the best protocols, and community education, we offer our patients life-saving heart care.
Michael Lee, president of Weeks Medical Center