The Cardiology Department is responsible for evaluating and treating patients who have heart disease. This includes a staff of cardiologists available to provide consultations for patients with known or suspected heart disease, on both an inpatient and outpatient basis.
A cardiac catheterization laboratory is available. It is primarily used to take pictures of arteries bringing blood to the heart during invasive angiograms. Additionally, the cardiac catheterization laboratory is equipped to provide percutaneous coronary artery interventions, a procedure in which patients who have a blockage in a coronary artery (the arteries bringing blood to the heart) can have it opened with a balloon and/or stent. This is done in patients presenting with certain types of heart attacks or abrupt blockages of one of the arteries feeding the heart. It is also performed in patients coming for elective cardiac catheterizations due to chest pain or other symptoms and who are found to have a blockage in a coronary artery.
An arrhythmia service is now available, where abnormal heart rhythms can be diagnosed and treated using invasive electrophysiologic testing. Automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillators (AICD’s) and permanent pacemakers are inserted and cared for by specialists in this field.
A full non-invasive laboratory is available. Tests performed include:
- Electrocardiograms, which allow the electrical activity of the heart to be examined
- Echocardiograms, which use sound waves to take pictures of the heart to assess how it is working (both transthoracic and transesophageal)
- Stress tests, both chemical and exercise, with and without imaging modalities (nuclear and echocardiographic) to assess the blood flow to the heart and the function of the heart with exercise
- Holter monitors
- Event recorders
- Tilt table testing
- Nuclear wall motion studies
- Signal-averaging electrocardiography
- Pacemaker evaluation
- Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring
The Department of Cardiology also has use of the hospital’s newly installed advanced CT Scanner, a noninvasive imaging system that allows physicians the ability to obtain diagnostic digital images in less than ten seconds. The speed of the scanner minimizes motion and because the slices are much thinner than before, clearer and more accurate images are produced. The CT Scanner is used by the department to provide detailed images, in a noninvasive manner, of the structure and anatomy of the heart as well as detailed images of the coronary arteries (the arteries bringing blood to the heart) for patients with heart disease.
A staff of cardiologists is available to provide consultation for patients with heart disease. For more information please contact the Jamaica Hospital Department of Cardiology at (718) 206-7100.