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Cardiology Services

Pardee Cardiology Services provide excellent patient-centered care using advanced methods of diagnosis and treatment for various heart issues. Pardee offers diagnostic testing and procedures, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac catheterization, heart health education and exercise programs.

The physicians of Hendersonville Cardiology Associates provide exceptional cardiac care to the patients of Pardee Hospital. 

Diagnostic Testing

Our nationally certified Cardiology Department provides adult inpatient and outpatient diagnostic testing of heart functions under the supervision of a cardiologist. Assisting the Cardiologist is a registered nurse and registered cardiac diagnostic sonographer. A physician referral is required. Available tests and procedures include:

  • Echocardiogram with or without Color Flow Doppler and Bubble StudiesTransesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)
  • Stress Echocardiogram (ECG)
  • Treadmill Stress Test (without Echocardiogram)
  • Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram
  • Dobutamine Nuclear Test
  • Lexiscan Stress Test
  • Walking Nuclear Stress Testing
  • 12 Lead EKG's

Same day testing is available if needed. If you have questions about diagnostic testing contact Cardiology Testing Services at: (828) 696-1084.

Cardiac Catheterization Lab

Pardee Hospital has a fixed cath lab inside the hospital to provide diagnostic services. It operates Monday through Friday, making it convenient for area residents to receive advanced cardiac care close to home.

What is Cardiac Catheterization?

Cardiac catheterization is a diagnostic study that provides valuable insight into the anatomy of the arteries which supply the heart muscle with blood. With this technique, doctors can see directly if blockages exist in the critical vessels that are involved in heart attacks. Cardiac catheterization provides critical information that helps doctors guide their patients through potential options of therapy, which include risk factor (diabetes, hypertension, tobacco abuse, obesity, etc.) modification, medical therapy, angioplasty, stents and sometimes bypass surgery.

What Happens During the Procedure?

Catheterization is not a surgery, it is a procedure in which a patient is usually awake or mildly sedated. The doctor, under sterile technique, injects a small amount of numbing medicine into the skin in the groin area over major blood vessels that go into the heart. Through that numbed area, a small tube (sheath) is placed into the vessel and the rest of the procedure is performed through this port. Pressures are measured inside the heart, dye is injected in the arteries and into the main pumping chamber and then the sheath is removed at the end of the test.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation is a comprehensive, monitored exercise and education program that is recommended for people following heart surgery or other heart problems. The program includes medically-supervised exercise, educational classes and materials, counseling and group support. The cardiac rehab team includes registered nurses, an exercise physiologist, registered dietitian, mental health professional, pharmacist, stress management/mental health specialist and medical director.

The cardiopulmonary rehab program meets three times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for approximately one hour. The meetings include education, dietary and lifestyle consultations and monitored exercise, as well as ongoing training in stress management and the monitoring of lab work and medication. Typically, the program takes 12 weeks but can be modified for individual circumstances. Our goal is to help you increase strength, endurance, overall energy level and confidence to pursue physical activities while also knowing limits. You will also learn about heart health and reducing the chances of future problems.

A physician referral is required. The center is located in the Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center on Thompson Street in the East Ridge Shopping Center. To learn about the program, call (828) 698-4694.

Dr. John Critikos, Cath Lab Medical Director

John P. Critikos II, MD, FACC, of Hendersonville Cardiology Associates, serves as the medical director for Pardee Hospital's Cath Lab. Dr. Critikos completed his medical degree and residency, at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He performed his cardiology fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He is board-certified in cardiovascular disease and is on the active medical staff at Pardee Hospital.

Hendersonville Cardiology Associates is affiliated with Asheville Cardiology Associates, and Dr. Critikos works closely with his colleagues in Asheville. When appropriate, Dr. Critikos discusses potential therapeutic options, such as angioplasty, stenting and bypass surgery, and makes referrals to Mission Health System when necessary.

More Information

If you have questions about cardiac catheterization, please consult with your primary care provider or contact Hendersonville Cardiology Associates at (828) 693-5010.