Heart and vascular care in Middle Georgia
Whether you have a cardiac emergency or a planned surgery, our cardiac care is designed to achieve each patient's best results.
Our heart program features a team of cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, electrophysiologists, nurses, and technicians trained in treating cardiovascular disease. We're committed to providing you fast, quality care to help you get back to doing the things you love most.
Coliseum Medical Centers has been designated a Level I Emergency Cardiac Care Center by the Georgia Department of Public Health's Office of EMS and Trauma. This is the highest level that a hospital can earn for emergency cardiac care in the state.
For more information on our cardiac procedures, call Consult-A-Nurse® at (478) 746-4646.
The AHA has awarded Coliseum Medical Centers for improving the quality of treatment for patients with heart attacks.
Cardiac conditions we treat
The cardiologists on medical staff with Coliseum Health System treat a variety of conditions related to the cardiovascular system, including:
An arrhythmia is a problem with the heart's rhythm. It occurs when the electrical signals that control your heartbeat don't work correctly. This can cause your heart to beat abnormally—too fast, too slow or irregularly.
When a heart beats too fast, the condition is called tachycardia. When a heart beats too slowly, the condition is called bradycardia.
Our heart doctors use an electrocardiogram (EKG) to diagnose an arrhythmia and other devices such as a Holter monitor, which is a portable device to monitor your heart rhythm.
Once it is diagnosed, depending on the type of arrhythmia and its severity, they may recommend medication, placement of a device to correct the irregular heartbeat or surgery to correct the heart's electrical impulses causing the arrhythmia.
A heart attack occurs when the flow of blood to the heart is blocked. Often, the blockage is caused by a buildup of plaque in the arteries leading to the heart. The plaque can sometimes form a clot that blocks blood flow, which can damage the heart muscle.
Call 911 immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Intense, prolonged chest pain
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body
- Dizziness, shortness of breath, or lightheadedness
- Nausea, vomiting, or cold sweats
- Prolonged feeling of indigestion with no relief from antacids
A heart attack can be severe, but treatment has improved a lot over the years. That's why you need to call 911 if you think you might be having a heart attack. We specialize in procedures that clear blocked blood vessels and restore blood flow to the heart.
Heart failure occurs when the heart isn’t pumping as well as it should. It can't be cured, but treatments can improve the symptoms and help you live longer. Conditions such as coronary artery disease and high blood pressure can make your heart too weak to pump efficiently.
Symptoms of heart failure include:
- Fatigue and weakness
- Shortness of breath when exerting yourself or when you lie down
- Persistent cough
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Increased urination at night
- Swelling in your legs and feet
- Rapid weight gain caused by retaining fluid
We ensure patients with heart failure have timely care, appropriate medication, follow the American Heart Association guidelines and schedule follow-up appointments.
Vascular diseases are conditions that affect your blood vessels. Some types of vascular disease include:
- Aneurysm—A bulge in the wall of an artery
- Atherosclerosis—A disease in which plaque builds up in your arteries
- Blood clots—Includes deep vein thrombosis, which usually occurs in the legs
- Cerebrovascular accident (stroke)—An event that occurs when blood flow to the brain is blocked
- Coronary artery disease—A disease in which the coronary artery is blocked or narrowed
- Varicose veins—Swollen veins that are visible under the skin
- Vasculitis—Inflammation of the blood vessels
Vascular disease risk factors
Depending on the condition, the risk factors for vascular diseases are different. But some of the more common risk factors include:
- Diabetes or high cholesterol
- Family history of vascular or heart diseases
- Infection or injury that damages your veins
- Lack of exercise
- Sitting or standing for a long time
Heart imaging and diagnostic testing
When you need cardiac care, the more sophisticated and accurate the diagnostic technology, the easier it is for your physician to diagnose your condition accurately. At the Coliseum facilities, we use the latest technology in offering a full range of diagnostic procedures, including:
- 64-slice computed tomography (CT) heart scan
- Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring
- Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Cardiac stress lab
- Electrocardiogram (EKG)
- Event monitoring
- Holter monitor
- Pediatric and fetal echocardiogram
- Stress testing
- Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE)
- Transthoracic, transesophageal and carotid ultrasounds
Heart and vascular surgery
We provide many different services, including heart and vascular surgery, to repair a damaged heart, its valves and the blood vessels to the heart. Our surgeons perform:
- Aneurysm repair surgery
- Aortic surgery
- Electrophysiology procedures
- Minimally invasive heart surgery
- Open heart bypasses
- Valve replacement and valve repair surgery
Clinical trials for patients with heart disease
Coliseum Medical Centers has partnered with Sarah Cannon Research Institute to provide clinical research opportunities to patients with cardiovascular disease. These clinical trials help develop new drugs, devices, and medical treatments to provide better, cutting-edge medical treatment.
Cardiovascular disease support
For more information on cardiovascular disease, visit the following websites:
- American Heart Association
- Heart Rhythm Society
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Heart Disease
Pre-register for your visit
Are you scheduled for a procedure? You can preregister for your visit and save time and paperwork when you arrive.