Besides blood tests and a chest X-ray, tests to diagnose heart disease can include,
Wellstar cardiac rehabilitation includes a thorough evaluation, then a plan of monitored exercise, lifestyle education and emotional support designed just for you. Exercise improves cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength through low-impact activities and resistance training. Lifestyle education empowers you to break bad habits, like smoking and overeating, and adopt healthy habits, like exercise and proper nutrition. Emotional support helps you manage stress and learn to cope with heart disease.
Wellstar providers emphasize a prompt, seamless transition from an incident or hospitalization to rehabilitation. Patients who are hospitalized for a cardiac-related illness will meet with a Wellstar cardiac rehabilitation educator while in the hospital to be introduced to the program. Following release from the hospital, patients will begin a regular program of monitored exercise and lifestyle education as soon as medically appropriate as determined by their physician.
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A collaborative, comprehensive program focused on evaluating and treating patients with advanced and complex structural heart problems, including valvular heart disease.
Procedures include traditional valve surgery and minimally invasive options such as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair (TMVR) and WATCHMAN, a proven alternative to long term Warfarin therapy for stroke risk reduction in patients with nonvalvular Atrial Fibrillation (AF).
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Our nationally recognized cardiovascular team works closely with heart and vascular surgeons and specialists to provide comprehensive, coordinated heart care at medical offices and hospitals throughout the state of Georgia. Our goal is to help you understand what to expect and how to achieve your best heart health.
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Heart Failure Clinic
Heart Failure Clinic doctors have extensive experience treating patients with heart failure, prolonging life, improving quality of life and limiting hospital admission. Our cardiologists work as a multidisciplinary team with experts in many areas to provide comprehensive care. Other team members may be involved in your care, such as nurses, nurse practitioners, nutrition specialists, social workers, physical therapists and other medical professionals trained to diagnose and treat heart failure. Your treatment may include lifestyle changes, medications, surgery or medical devices. Your care is integrated, from diagnosis and treatment to follow-up at both locations.
This facility is the first of its kind in Georgia. Our experts help reduce readmission rates and improve life quality for some of our sickest cardiology patients. The clinic offers a unique model, connecting patients to a collaborative, integrated care team.
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Wellstar Kennestone offers a complete spectrum of treatment options for atrial fibrillation and arrhythmia management. We have the most advanced arrhythmia program in the state of Georgia, which includes a comprehensive Atrial Fibrillation Clinic, advanced surgical options and an outstanding track record of success. We provide a multidisciplinary approach to address many aspects of care in one location, resulting in improved care coordination and better patient outcomes.
- Convergent ablation is a new, minimally invasive approach to restore a normal heart rhythm in patients with persistent AF without requiring chest incisions or ports, lung deflation or dissections. Over an 80% success rate in treating patients with continuous AF, eliminating the need for future ablations
- Advanced ablation procedures including AFib and ventricular arrhythmias
- Comprehensive device implantation, including pacemakers and defibrillators
- Lead extraction center
Wellstar’s interventional cardiologists use specialized imaging and catheter-based treatments to help patients with heart conditions, and ultimately, to save lives. Our interventional cardiologists use highly skilled and minimally invasive therapies to stop heart attacks in patients without undergoing open-heart surgery. We also treat patients with rhythm disorders and structural heart conditions. These defects decrease the cardiovascular system’s ability to work correctly.
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Pediatric cardiologists provide highly specialized care for children with congenital heart defects. They have in-depth knowledge of genetic diseases, which are present at birth. Our child heart experts can evaluate and create comprehensive treatment plans for children and teenagers with congenital heart defects, arrhythmias (heart rhythm disorders), cardiomyopathies and heart failure. Wellstar's pediatric cardiology specialists work with a team to provide comprehensive, coordinated care, including pediatric heart surgeons and electrophysiologists (heart rhythm specialists) and occupational therapists, medical geneticists, pediatric nurses and dietitians.
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Structural Heart and Valve
Our experienced surgeons and cardiologists take a comprehensive approach to diagnose and treat structural heart and valve conditions. Their expertise ranges from traditional open-heart surgery to robotic-assisted valve repair and the latest in minimally invasive surgical techniques, which require only small incisions. Infection, heart disease, or heart attack cause structural heart and valve problems that are often present at birth (congenital). The condition may have no symptoms and cause no problems but require treatment in other cases. When symptoms are present, they can include chest pain or tightening, shortness of breath, fatigue, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, leg cramps, migraine headaches, and stroke (including transient ischemic attack, also known as a TIA or mini-stroke). The program provides ongoing care – sometimes for life – to patients who have or are at risk for structural heart and valve disease.
Procedures include traditional valve surgery and minimally invasive options such as
- Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
- Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair and Replacement (TMVR)
- Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion (LAAO
- a proven alternative to long term anticoagulation therapy for stroke- risk reduction in patients with non-valvular Atrial Fibrillation (AF)
The SAVE program is also involved in numerous clinical trials evaluating cutting-edge minimally invasive device therapy options for complex cardiac conditions.