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Cardiology

Cardiology

Trust your heart to the first accredited Chest Pain Center in Texarkana. With a Non-Invasive Cardiology Lab, two Digital Cardiac Catheterization Labs, Cardiac Telemetry Unit, Intensive Care Unit, we offer a comprehensive program to meet your cardiac needs.

Cardiology

1000 Pine St.
Texarkana, Texas 75501
903-798-8924

cardiology

Accredited Chest Pain Center

As an Accredited Chest Pain Center through the ACC (American College of Cardiology), the Wadley Team is committed to providing efficient, timely emergency heart care to all patients. This has been achieved by enhancing coordination among all providers involved in the patient’s care: emergency responders, local EMS, our hospital ED team, the heart cath team, laboratory staff, the critical care unit and cardiac rehab. Our team has worked hard to reduce the time-to- treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack and are proud to be well below the national average benchmark of 90 minutes.

Our 24-hour Chest Pain Center team is trained in identifying patients who may be having a heart attack – even when they don’t display the usual symptoms. The key to successfully treating a heart attack is early detection and treatment.

Medical (Non-invasive) Cardiology

Identifying heart problems without using any needles, fluids, or other instruments inserted into the body is medical cardiology. Our non-invasive cardiologists utilize techniques such as nuclear cardiology, echocardiography, stress tests, heart monitors and CT scans. Once your specialist has identified risk factors or existing conditions, they may recommend medication and lifestyle changes to improve your heart’s health.

Loop Monitoring

An implantable loop recorder is a type of heart-monitoring device that records your heart rhythm continuously. It records the electrical signals of your heart and allows remote monitoring by way of a small device inserted just beneath the skin of the chest. This can help answer questions about your heart that other heart-monitoring devices don't provide. It can capture information that a standard electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) or Holter monitor misses because some heart rhythm abnormalities occur infrequently.

Impella

Impella is a FDA-approved, non-surgical heart pump used to temporarily assist the pumping function of the heart during stent placement and ensure blood flow is maintained to critical organs. This procedure, known as a Protected PCI, reduces the risk of complications and helps to decrease repeat heart procedures.  This heart pump is also used to support the heart function of critically ill patients in cardiogenic shock.

Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS)

Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) is medical imaging that uses a specially designed catheter with a tiny ultrasound probe to generate sound waves and produce images of blood vessels. IVUS is used in the coronary arteries to determine the amount of plaque build-up and can show the entire artery wall to provide important information about the amount and type of plaque buildup. This can help determine if you are at risk for heart attack.

Cardiopulmonary

The Cardiopulmonary Department provides both diagnostic services, and therapeutic services, treating a patient population from newborn to geriatrics. Our services are available as an inpatient or outpatient and in the emergency department as well.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Our highly skilled physicians prescribe individualized exercise training, education and nutritional support over various phases of the program. There are several evidence-based benefits of cardiac rehabilitation, including:

  • Improves quality of life and psychosocial well-being
  • Helps reduce stress, fear and anxiety
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves cholesterol and helps with weight loss
  • Decreases risk of recurrence of heart problems and reduces mortality
  • Increased muscle tone and strength

Who Qualifies for Cardiac Rehabilitation?

  • Stable Angina
  • Heart Attack (within 1 year)
  • Coronary (Heart) Artery Bypass
  • Heart valve repair or replacement
  • Angioplasty (PTCA)
  • Coronary (Heart) Stents
  • Heart or Lung Transplant
  • Chronic Heart Failure

How to get started on a cardiac rehabilitation program?

Cardiac Rehab is generally started soon after hospital discharge, but may be started up to one year after a cardiac (heart) event. Your primary care physician, cardiologist or surgeon can refer you to the program by simply writing a prescription, or call us and we will assist with this process.

Fee: Is a covered benefit of Medicare – B and most insurances

Phases of Cardiac Rehabilitation

Phase 1: Education regarding the disease and recovery is started during your hospitalization and continued in Phase I

Phase 2: A medically supervised program designed to help heart patients recover quickly and improve overall physical and mental functioning. Cardiac Rehab Phase II is a 12-week program of thirty-six sessions. The sessions are every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and last one hour. You will be able to choose the time that best fits your schedule.

Phase 3: This is a non-monitored exercise program for heart patients. You can exercise in a safe and welcoming environment with the presence of two registered nurses. Blood pressure and pulse is monitored throughout your workout. Phase III typically not covered by insurance.

A prescription is needed from your physician and the staff can assist in obtaining one from your physician.


Cardiac Rehabilitation
For more information, call (903) 798-7298

Exercise Days
Monday, Wednesday, Friday at specified times.

Cardiopulmonary
Cindy Biggar, Director
(903) 798-7373
[email protected]

Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

The various other departments of Cardiopulmonary are open Monday through Friday, ranging from 7am-4:30pm.

Resources

What you know could save your life.
Man Up & Become Heart Smart
“Many men think their symptoms are a sign of something else, like heartburn, so they do nothing,” says Peter Ofman, MD, a Steward cardiologist. “Even a man who already had a prior heart attack may not recognize his symptoms, as each attack can be dramatically different.”
Heart Attack Information
Heart Attack Information: What you know could save your life!
There are often warning signs leading up to a heart attack that people often ignore. Approximately 50% of people have symptoms within the two weeks preceding a heart attack. Through early recognition of symptoms and controlling risk factors, heart attacks can be prevented. Recognize ALL the signs!
Hands Only CPR
Hands Only CPR
Hands only CPR in the first few minutes of an out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest for an adult victim can save a life.

Conditions We Treat

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Aortic aneurysms
  • Stroke
  • Diseases of the vascular systems (blood vessels)
  • Chest wall abnormalities
  • Diseases of the chest (esophagus, lungs, tuberculosis, chest wall deformities, cancer, myasthenia gravis, chest wall and mediastinum)
  • Lung and esophagus tumors
  • Cardiac and peripheral vascular disorders
  • Heart and vascular blockages
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Heart attack
  • Chronic heart failure

Treatments

  • Lung resection
  • Repair of chest wall abnormalities
  • Coronary angioplasty and stenting
  • Coronary angioscopy
  • Percutaneous clot removal for heart and vascular blockages
  • Peripheral arterial angioplasty and stenting
  • Renal artery stenting
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Pulmonary function studies
  • Echocardiograms
  • EKGs, EEGs

Our Team

Poongodhai Ramachandran, MD
Poongodhai Ramachandran, MD

Cardiology

Douglas Black, MD

Cardiology,
Interventional Cardiology

Jennifer Shipp, NP

Cardiology

Kevin Formes, DO
Kevin Formes, DO

Cardiology,
Interventional Cardiology

Dawn Strain, NP

Cardiology