Cardiology is a medical specialty dealing with disorders of the heart. Cardiologists are physicians who specialize in cardiology. Capital Medical Center provides a full range of cardiology services. We can also assist you in finding a physician. Click on the link to be directed to our medical staff directory to find a cardiology specialist.
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Healthy Heart Cardiac Services
• Cardiac Stent Technique
Among innovations, cardiologists and interventional radiologists have pioneered “stent” technology. A stent is a metal, spring-like cylindrical device that’s placed into narrowed arteries to keep them open. This has been a boon to patients with arteriosclerosis, a disease that causes severe narrowing of arteries, resulting in debilitating symptoms or even limb amputation.
• Coronary Arteriogram
Cardiologists can see the structure and condition of the patient’s coronary arteries and recommend appropriate treatment.
Ultrasound creates images of the heart and its internal structures through the use of sound waves and computer technology.
• Electrocardiogram (EKG)|
An EKG records electrical activity through electrodes placed from the heart on the patient’s skin.
• Emergency Treatment
If you experience a sudden onset of chest pressure, “indigestion,” or trouble catching your breath, CMC encourages you to call 911 and not delay treatment. CMC’s Emergency Department is staffed 24 hours a day by Board-certified emergency room physicians and nurses trained in emergency care. Thurston County Medic One paramedics use Physio Control Life Pak 11 monitor/defibrillators to provide a hospital-quality electrocardiogram (EKG) in the patient’s home or the medic van. Diagnostic quality, computer-interpreted 12-lead EKGs can be transmitted over phone lines to the CMC Emergency Department where the emergency physician and cardiologist begin diagnosing and treating the patient before arrival at the hospital.
Pacemakers are utilized to assist the heart when its natural electrical signals require assistance. The electrical signals tell the individual sections of the heart when to contract and when to expand. Pacemakers can be implanted on a temporary or permanent basis.
• Peripheral Stent Technique
A tubular wire mesh device (Stent) is inserted into the artery of an extremity to aid in the prevention of further closure.
Cardiopulmonary & Respiratory Care
- Cardiac Rehab
- Accredited by College of American Pathologists
Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
Getting into the program begins with a physician referral. A free evaluation is done by a cardiac rehabilitation specialist, usually while the patient is still in the hospital. A program schedule will be set up to participate on an outpatient basis. Al participants must have an electrocardiogram, exercise treadmill test, and blood test. To minimize costs, any of these tests recently performed will not be repeated.
Phase I: While in the hospital, patients are given information on the anatomy of the heart, coronary artery disease, risk factors, pharmaceutical treatments and freedom from smoking.
Phase 2: A 12-week period of exercise begins after discharge from the hospital. Careful cardiac and blood pressure monitoring accompany the exercise sessions. Education will continue with information about diet, energy conservation, stress management, and relaxation.
Phase 3: For as long as they wish, cardiac rehabilitation patients may continue the program by sustaining their exercise workouts under supervised conditions, but without constant cardiac monitoring, for a nominal fee.