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Our board-certified cardiologists, heart surgeons and vascular surgeons at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) provide a range of treatments and services with our state-of-the-art technology and research -- from diagnostic procedures to robotic angioplasty to minimally invasive valve surgery.

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Open Heart Surgery

In addition to a state-of-the-art coronary care unit, our highly experienced physicians and staff provide a full range of open heart surgery procedures including:

  • Valve replacement and/or repair, including several types of minimally-invasive valve surgery
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Off-pump bypass procedures
  • Repair of thoracic aortic aneurysms

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Minimally-Invasive Surgery

For patients with some types of structural heart problems or heart valve disease, Northeast Georgia Medical Center now offers advanced miminally-invasive procedures that may be beneficial treatment options.

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Electrophysiology

Electrophysiology is the cardiology specialty that diagnoses and treats heart arrhythmias, a disturbance of the heart’s normal rhythm that may be serious and even life threatening. At Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC), cardiology specialists called electrophysiologists use the most advanced technology to detect, diagnose and treat arrhythmias.

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Interventional Cardiology

The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory (also known as the cardiac cath lab) offers a variety of diagnostic and interventional cardiology procedures used in the treatment of coronary artery and peripheral vascular disease.

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Advanced Heart Failure Services

Northeast Georgia Medical Center offers Heart Failure Support Services to both inpatients and outpatients with Heart Failure (HF), formerly called congestive heart failure. Our goal is to provide patients, as well as their family members/caregivers, with the education they need to understand the HF disease process, and then how to best manage their condition at home. The purpose of this is to prevent reoccurrence of symptoms and keep the HF patient feeling well at home.

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Therapeutic Hypothermia

By cooling your body to near-freezing temperatures after you suffer a heart attack, caregivers minimize the harm caused by reduced blood flow to your brain. Here's how it works:

  • Cold saline is injected into your body through an intravenous line (IV) while you're in the ambulance.
  • When you arrive at the hospital, special cooling blankets continue to lower your core body temperature.

Early analysis of therapeutic hypothermia shows promise in improving both chances of survival and neurologic outcomes for heart attack patients.

STEMI System

A collaboration between NGMC's Emergency Rooms, Cath Lab and EMS departments in 18 counties is designed to treat your heart attack as quickly as possible. 

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This program is funded in part by The Medical Center Foundation.

Cardio-Oncology Program

As advances in cancer therapies are enabling cancer patients to live longer, experts have discovered there is sometimes a link between cancer treatment and potential heart disease. Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) assembled a multi-disciplinary team to provide specialized heart care to patients with cancer before, during and after treatment to help patients beat cancer while maintaining a healthy heart.

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Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

For patients with severe or life-threatening lung or heart problems, the use of a ventilator may be used to support breathing.  However, a ventilator may not be able to get enough oxygen into the bloodstream due to the severity of the lung or heart problem.  For these particular cases, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, may be used.

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Peripheral Vascular Disease Treatments

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a condition similar to coronary artery disease, except it affects other vessels in the body – such as those in the legs or kidneys – rather than those of the heart.

Symptoms associated with vascular disease include poor circulation from narrowing of the arteries and other conditions that can lead to strokes and aneurysms.

According to the American Heart Association, more than 8 million Americans have PAD, and nearly 75 percent of those people do not have any symptoms. In addition, most people with PAD have a higher risk of death from heart attack and stroke. While many people with PAD can be treated with lifestyle changes, medications or both, in some cases, angioplasty or surgery may be necessary.

Diagnosis of vascular disease begins in the W.D. Stribling Heart Clinic.

Peripheral Angioplasty

Procedure which examines arteries of the body, i.e. arteries in the leg, for diagnosis and treatment, helping increase the blood flow where needed. Balloons and stents are often used in other arteries outside the heart, including the legs, kidneys and carotid arteries.

Vascular Surgery

Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s North Patient Tower is home to two state-of-the-art surgical suites dedicated exclusively to vascular surgery.  Each suite is equipped with advanced technology and resources to care for more than 2,000 patients each year:

  • Videoscopes, cameras and high-definition monitors enhance physicians’ view of procedures as they are performed.
  • Nurses and technologists are highly-specialized in, and dedicated to, vascular procedures.

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Questions? 

Call the Heart & Vascular Services department at 770-219-5416 or send us a contact form for more information.

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