Cardiology Services at LeConte
LeConte Medical Center offers a variety of cardiac diagnostics, cardiology services, and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation to help you take excellent care of your heart.
Cardiology Services at LeConte Medical Center
From heart care to cardiac rehabilitation, LeConte Medical Center brings a complete range of cardiology services close to home. As part of Covenant Health, LeConte works closely with area cardiologists to provide you with the various cardiac procedures and treatments you need. When it comes to heart care, you can trust the cardiology team at Covenant Health and LeConte Medical Center.
Worried that you or a loved one may be experiencing a heart attack?
Common symptoms of a heart attack include:
- Back, neck and/or jaw pain
- Chest discomfort
- Cold sweat
- Discomfort in upper body
- Pain in one or both arms
- Stomach pain
- Shortness of breath
If you think you are experiencing heart attack symptoms, call 911 immediately!
Types of Heart Care Tests Offered
Echocardiography (Adults Only)
An echocardiogram is a diagnostic test that uses ultrasound waves to create an image of your heart. This test can show the size, shape, and movement of your heart’s valves and chambers along with blood flow through the heart. Echocardiography may show abnormalities such as poorly functioning heart valves or damage to the heart tissue from a past heart attack.
A transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) is a diagnostic procedure in which an ultrasound transducer and endoscope are guided down the patient’s throat into the esophagus. Images of the heart are then produced using sound waves.
Cardiac Stress Test
A cardiac stress test helps physicians check the condition of your heart by assessing the flow of blood to the heart during physical activity.
Types of Heart Care Services Offered
A cardiac catheterization, also known as a coronary angiogram, is a procedure that tests the functioning of your heart. During the procedure, a small catheter is inserted into the heart with the aid of a special X-ray machine. Intravenous contrast dye is then injected through the catheter and into your heart to visualize the valves, heart chambers, and coronary arteries.
Leaving the hospital after a cardiac event is just the first step in recovery. To help you begin and maintain a healthy lifestyle, the Cardiac Rehabilitation team tailors a program to meet the needs of each patient specifically.
When you participate in cardiac rehab, you can expect that:
- Following clearance from your physician, an individualized exercise and diet program is outlined and implemented.
- Exercise sessions last 1½ hours and meet three times a week for 8–12 weeks.
- Heart monitoring is used to detect any irregular beats or changes in heart activity during exercise.
Educational classes led by the Cardiac Rehabilitation team teach you and your family about:
- The heart
- Heart disease
- High-risk factors
- Ways to reduce your risk for further heart damage
Patients (and families, if needed) may also receive private counseling to assist with:
- Modifying smoking habits
- Coping with stress
- Diet and nutrition, including healthy meal preparation, grocery shopping, and dining out