We are dedicated to providing care that is personalized, compassionate, high quality and safe. Our doctors and nurses oversee specialized exercise programs and are trained in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) under American Heart Association guidelines.
Our program can help if you have experienced:
We offer nuclear stress testing to diagnose cardiovascular disease. A nuclear stress test uses radioactive dye and an imaging machine to create pictures showing the blood flow to your heart. The test measures blood flow while you are at rest and are exerting yourself, showing areas with poor blood flow or damage in your heart. The test usually involves injecting radioactive dye, then taking two sets of images of your heart — one while you're at rest and another after exertion. If you can't exercise, your doctor will inject the drug into your IV line that mimics exercise by increasing blood flow to your heart. For an exercise stress test, you'll probably walk on a treadmill or ride a stationary bike.
A nuclear stress test is one of several types of stress tests that may be performed alone or in combination. Compared with an exercise stress test, a nuclear stress test can help better determine your risk of a heart attack or other cardiac event if your doctor knows or suspects that you have coronary artery disease.
You may need a nuclear stress test if a routine stress test didn't pinpoint the cause of symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath. A nuclear stress test may also be used to guide your treatment if you've been diagnosed with a heart condition. Your doctor may recommend a nuclear stress test to:
If you have symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath, a nuclear stress test can help determine if you have coronary artery disease and how severe the condition is.
Our outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase II program usually takes 12 weeks, or 36 sessions, to complete. During this time, you join two one-hour exercise sessions each week, with a 1:2 ratio of trained staff to participants.
Your doctor receives regular updates. He or she may arrange a follow-up stress test once the program is complete to evaluate progress and establish an ongoing exercise plan.
During the program, you:
In Phase III of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, you continue with a medically based exercise program at home. Our team oversees your progress and helps you meet your goals.
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