Advanced Cardiology Services & Rehabilitation Treatments
Our program is dedicated to the non-surgical management of patients with cardiac and peripheral vascular disorders. First, a cardiac catheterization is performed that allows the doctor to see the blood vessels, valves, and chambers on a TV screen. An interventional procedure starts out in the same way as a diagnostic cardiac catheterization. Once the catheter engages the artery with the blockage, the doctor will perform the interventional procedure.
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. Our department utilizes the Drager Ventilator, the most patient friendly, state-of-the art ventilator available in Texarkana and only available at Wadley.
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Wadley Regional Medical Center is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that can produce clear, detailed views of the human heart and help doctors detect heart disease with pinpoint accuracy. Our advanced diagnostic testing capabilities include:
- CT scans
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Stress testing
- Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators
- Pacemakers, including biventricular pacemakers
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
Education regarding the disease and recovery is started during your hospitalization and continued in Phase I
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.
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.
Kevin J. Formes, MD
Douglas Black, MD
- Coronary artery disease
- Aortic aneurysms
- 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
- 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
- Pulmonary function studies
- EKGs, EEGs