At The Jackson Clinic, our board certified cardiologists offer highly specialized treatment for heart conditions. We care for your heart, from prevention to diagnosis to treatment to ongoing care.
Some of the many heart diseases and disorders treated by our cardiology team include:
- Congenital heart defects
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
- Peripheral artery disease
- Valve problems
- Venous thromboembolism
Cardiology Testing to Diagnose Disease
When you come to The Jackson Clinic, you'll meet with a cardiologist to discuss your medical history and any symptoms you may be having. If appropriate, your cardiologist may suggest one or more tests or procedures to evaluate your situation.
Cardiology tests we offer in our clinic include:
- Echocardiogram. During an echocardiogram, high-frequency sound waves create pictures of your heart. An echocardiogram will let your doctor see the size and shape of your heart, watch how it moves, evaluate its pumping abilities and see if the heart valves are working properly.
- Exercise stress test. Sometimes called a treadmill test or graded exercise test, it allows your doctor to see how your heart handles a workout. You'll be hooked up to equipment that monitors your heart as you walk on a treadmill. As you walk, the treadmill speed and incline will be adjusted to increase the workload on your heart. Heart rate, breathing, blood pressure and fatigue are all monitored during the test. An exercise test can be used to diagnose heart disease, evaluate chest pain or shortness of breath, determine a safe level of exercise or predict your risk for a heart attack.
- Holter monitoring. A Holter monitor is a portable device that measures and records your heart's activity for a continuous 24 or 48 hours. The monitor is essentially a wearable electrocardiogram used to detect arrhythmias, evaluate lightheadedness or assess how well your pacemaker is working.
Our cardiologists also have access to the Heart Center of Jackson Hospital where they can perform in-depth testing of cardiovascular conditions.
Ongoing Care for your Heart
When you know what's causing your heart-related symptoms, you can work with your doctor on a treatment plan. In some cases, our cardiologists may advise that you try managing a heart condition by making a few behavioral changes, such as losing weight, beginning an exercise program or quitting smoking. Others may be prescribed one or more medications to lower blood pressure or to control cholesterol levels, for example.
Our doctors can meet with you in routine office visits to assess the health of your heart and the progress of your treatment plan. If your condition worsens or surgery becomes the best option for you, our doctors can treat you at Jackson Hospital.