Our Services

Columbia Heart provides comprehensive services for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiovascular disease. These services are provided in our office or the inpatient setting as necessary.

General Cardiology

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Diagnosis & treatment of all cardiology related diseases, including hypertension, valvular disease, coronary or carotid artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, cardiac rhythm disturbances of all types, & lipid disorders. CT, Nuclear Medicine & Echo's are available in our office.

Exercise Treadmill Testing

Two Doctors and One Patient on TreadmillAn Electrophysiology consultation is for the diagnosis and treatment of disturbances in the electrical activity of the heart. Normal heart rhythm is dependent on the healthy electrical system. Disturbances in the activity can cause abnormalities like palpitations, dizziness and even fainting. These symptoms could indicate the need for additional testing like a tilt table test and electrophysiology studies. The results of these tests could lead to the insertion of a pacemaker or defibrillator, cardioversion or even ablation of the part of the heart anatomy that is malfunctioning.

Regular treadmill exercise testing can be used alone to monitor for EKG changes or chest pain, which would indicate the need for further study.
Read more HERE about Treadmill Exercise Testing!

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Pacemaker/ICD Follow-up

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These services are performed in our office and include all follow-up care of pacemakers & implantable defibrillators.

This also includes monthly telephone examination of the device function as well as in-office examination of the device function on a periodic basis.

Electrophysiology

An Electrophysiology consultation is for the diagnosis and treatment of disturbances in the electrical activity of the heart. Normal heart rhythm is dependent on the healthy electrical system. Disturbances in the activity can cause abnormalities like palpitations, dizziness and even fainting. These symptoms could indicate the need for additional testing like a tilt table test and electrophysiology studies. The results of these tests could lead to the insertion of a pacemaker or defibrillator, cardioversion or even ablation of the part of the heart anatomy that is malfunctioning.

Vascular Studies

Vascular studies are noninvasive scans performed to look at targeted blood vessels in the body to identify blockage in these vessels. Studies that we perform are:

  • Carotid Duplex
  • Upper & Lower Extremity
  • Arterial & Venous Studies
  • Abdominal Duplex
  • Renal Artery Scanning

Holter Event Monitoring

Patients may wear a Holter monitor for 24 hours or an event monitor for up to 30 days. These monitors are utilized for patients with palpitations or fainting to look for underlying cardiac rhythm disturbances.

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Nuclear Stress Testing

Nuclear stress testing involves the administration of a nuclear pharmaceutical for the purpose of obtaining pictures of the heart. These pictures are taken when the patient's heart is at rest and then again after their stress portion of the test. These pictures allow the Cardiologist to determine that the patient is getting a sufficient blood supply to all parts of the heart. It can also be used to assess the damage from a previous heart attack.

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Echocardiograms

ICAEL, LogoAn echocardiogram is a safe, non-invasive procedure used to examine your heart. (And potentially diagnose problems). It uses high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to literally see all four chambers of the heart, the heart valves, the great blood vessels entering and leaving the heart, as well as the sack around the heart.

There are many reasons that your physician may request that you have an echocardiography examination. Physicians use echocardiography to look for abnormalities in the large physical structures of the heart, including the heart chambers and valves. An echocardiogram may sometimes also be used to look for the cause of an abnormal heart sound (a murmur), to check the size of the heart chambers, to check for fluid around the heart, or to inspect the pumping capability (the muscles) of the heart if a patient is short of breath or has complained of certain symptoms during exertion.

Coumadin Management Clinic

The Coumadin Clinic manages the care of patients who are taking Coumadin, a blood thinner used for many conditions involving abnormal blood clotting. These patients may visit the clinic independent of their physician visits. Finger-stick methodology is used to measure the patient's blood clotting values, and then medication adjustments are made as necessary.

Atrial Fibrillation Arrhythmia Center

Columbia Heart Atrial Fibrillation & Arrhythmia Center offers patients and referring physicians state-of-the art medical and interventional resources. With an estimated 2.2 million Americans living with atrial fibrillation, this progressive disease is often undiagnosed and can be life threatening. To find out more about Atrial Fibrillation and the Catheter Ablation Procedure, please click HERE. Our focus is on returning patients to their normal heart rhythm, while providing the latest treatments available. Columbia Heart is proud to staff one of the Midlands top Electrophysiology Physicians, Dr. W. Robert Mazzei, Jr.

CAT Scan (CT)

Computed Tomography (CT) also known as computed axial tomography (CAT scan), is a painless, sophisticated x-ray procedure. Multiple images are taken during a CT scan, and a computer compiles them into complete, cross sectional pictures (“slices”) of soft tissue, bone and blood vessels. A cardiologist may order the test to get a clear picture of the heart, the aorta, the lungs and the coronary arteries.

In-House Laboratory Testing

In-House Lab Testing

Our clinical laboratory at Columbia Heart is capable of performing the following categories of test on-site:

  • Hematology
  • Metabolic Chemistry
  • Advanced Lipids
  • Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

 

Sleep Center

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More than 40 million people in the United States suffer from sleep-related disorders such as snoring, fragmented sleep and sleep apnea. However, only about five percent have been diagnosed and treated according to the National Sleep Disorders Research Center. Most people are not aware that sleep ailments not only affect daily activity and lifestyles, but also can be associated with high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, premature heart disease, stroke and even sudden cardiac death. In fact, sleep apnea, a condition causing patients to stop breathing during sleep, may be a risk factor for heart disease.

Following a sleep study order from the consulting (referring) sleep physician, the patient is scheduled for an overnight sleep study. After arriving in the evening at a given time at the Sleep Center at Columbia Heart, required paperwork is completed and the technician prepares the patient for a painless, non-invasive overnight diagnostic study. The data collected after the patient falls asleep is reviewed by a physician who will recommend treatment if needed.