Heart Care and Treatment
Taking care of your heart means a lot to us. Of course, if you experience problems with your heart, we want to find out what’s wrong and treat it right away. But beyond that, we strive to keep the hearts of the people we serve in the counties of western North Carolina healthy from the start.
So, we offer diagnostic testing for heart conditions, advanced treatment options, and risk-factor modification programs to prevent heart disease and heart attacks. This comprehensive approach means better health for our neighbors in Henderson, Polk, Transylvania, and Rutherford Counties.
Renowned Cardiologists and Cardiac Specialists
Our cardiology team, led by board-certified cardiologists and heart failure specialists, board-certified interventional cardiologists and vascular medicine surgeons and specialists bring their expertise in cardiac medicine to Pardee and to western North Carolina. In addition to these physicians, the team includes registered nurses and technologists specially trained in cardiac care.
No More Waiting Weeks for Appointments
At Pardee, we know that matters of the heart require swift and careful attention. So, we’ve pledged to offer you appointments with our staff cardiologists within days, not weeks.
Diagnostic Testing for Heart Disease and Cardiac Conditions
Our nationally certified cardiology department offers the following adult inpatient and outpatient diagnostic testing and procedures to determine heart function and to help develop your plan of treatment:
A physician referral is required for diagnostic testing. Same-day testing is available if needed. If you have questions about diagnostic testing, contact Cardiology Testing Services at 828-696-1084.
Common Cardiac Conditions Treated at Pardee
While heart attacks and coronary heart disease top the list of heart conditions for which people commonly seek care, our team is equipped and ready to treat various diseases and conditions of the heart. Common cardiac conditions we treat include:
- Atrial fibrillation
- Congestive heart failure
- Congenital heart defects
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart valve disease
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure, or hypertension
Cardiac Treatments We Offer
When you’re faced with a disease or malfunction of your heart, you can count on Pardee’s team of cardiologists and cardiac specialists to help you determine the best treatment option for you. Treatments we offer range from medical management, including risk-factor modification and medications, to electrophysiology management of heart-rhythm conditions, to interventional cardiology, which opens blood vessels and allows minimally invasive access to the heart and its internal structures, including its valves. Some common, non-surgical treatments, include:
Heart surgery is not performed at Pardee Hospital. If you require heart surgery, we will transfer you to another hospital that can treat your condition.
Driving to the hospital delays treatment. If you experience any of the following symptoms, consistent with a heart attack or acute coronary syndrome, call 911 immediately:
- Chest pain or pressure, or a strange feeling in the chest
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea or vomiting
- Pain, pressure, or a strange feeling in the back, neck, jaw, or upper belly, or in one or both shoulders or arms
- Lightheadedness or sudden weakness
- A fast or irregular heartbeat
- Heartburn or indigestion
- Extreme fatigue
Pardee cardiologists work jointly with Henderson, Transylvania and Polk County EMS to provide ongoing training to staff so they can care for the patient the moment they arrive on scene and then work in tandem during transport to begin initial treatment. Pardee’s Emergency Department is equipped to handle heart attacks round-the-clock and is a designated PCI-receiving hospital, 24/7 STEMI care provider and has earned Chest Pain Center Accreditation by the American College of Cardiology. With our staff of interventional cardiologists and our on-site cardiac catheterization lab, we offer lifesaving cardiac catheterization to open blocked arteries and minimize damage to your heart muscle. Learn more here.