Your heart will beat nearly 100,000 times today. Over the course of your lifetime, that’s more than 2 billion heart beats. Every time the heart beats, it circulates oxygen-rich blood throughout the body, keeping all the systems and organs of the body working.
The heart’s many parts are what enable it to work properly and fulfill its vital role for your overall health. This includes its electrical system, its structure (valves, chambers, and walls) and the blood vessels. Many different diseases affect the heart and vascular system. It is essential to diagnose these conditions as early as possible and to develop personalized, ongoing care that stays with you for a lifetime.
As the experts in disease prevention, diagnostics, and long-term heart care, the non-invasive cardiologists of Georgia Heart Institute are your first line for prevention, diagnosis and treatment for all cardiovascular diseases.
Why Choose Georgia Heart Institute?
Heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Almost half of all Americans carry a risk factor for heart disease. However, heart disease is also preventable and treatable.
Regardless of where you are in your heart care journey, the Non-invasive Cardiology Program at Georgia Heart Institute offers the care, services and expertise you need for healthier tomorrows.
First and foremost, the focus of our non-invasive cardiologists is to improve understanding and knowledge of your heart health. This starts with open communication, a comprehensive view of heart health and overall wellness, along with expert guidance throughout every stage of care.
Our goal is to improve heart health for generations – empowering your family to be included in your heart care, learning from your experiences and guiding their future heart care needs.
Our patient-centered approach to care brings together all specialized services and treatments needed to deliver a truly personalized experience – from diagnosis to long-term disease management. At Georgia Heart Institute, we have the most innovative and effective testing and diagnostic services available, including microvascular testing and advanced cardiac imaging, to diagnose diseases early and accurately.
We also have expertise in every specialty of cardiovascular care – from renowned cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons to leading electrophysiology, heart failure and structural heart physicians. Whatever your diagnosis, we have an expert that specializes in treating and managing your condition – ensuring better outcomes and a healthier future.
Our unwavering dedication to providing the highest level of care means continuing to enhance and improve the services we’re already providing through research and discovery. At Georgia Heart Institute, our experts are actively involved in national research aimed at understanding what causes heart attacks and then preventing them from occurring.
Georgia Heart Institute’s involvement in research keeps our experts on the leading edge of cardiovascular care. Our patients, now and in the future, benefit from the latest information, technology and approaches to care.
Heart Conditions We Treat
Heart disease comes in many different forms and can affect any of the systems or parts of the cardiovascular system. Non-invasive cardiologists specialize in preventing, diagnosing and managing all types of heart disease including chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and coronary artery disease. They also work closely with highly-trained specialists and surgeons to coordinate advanced treatments and delivery of care.
Coronary artery disease (atherosclerosis), the most common form of heart disease, occurs when there is fatty plaque build-up along the walls of the blood vessels that supply the heart. Non-invasive diagnostic testing can determine the extent of plaque build-up inside heart arteries. Georgia Heart Institute also offers interventional cardiology services and cardiothoracic surgery for more advanced coronary artery disease.
Heart failure occurs when the heart can’t pump enough blood to meet the demands of the body. While this is a progressive condition, heart failure is treatable and manageable with specialized care that includes medications, advanced therapies and lifestyle changes.
The heart’s electrical system is what controls the rhythm and rate of your heartbeat. When the electrical system doesn’t function properly, it can cause your heart to beat too slowly, too quickly or irregularly. If you’re coping with an arrhythmia, or heart rhythm disorder, the rhythm specialists at Georgia Heart Institute can diagnose and expertly treat the arrhythmia to get you back on track.
Every time your heart beats, blood is sent through arteries and onto the entire body. As the blood travels through these arteries, the force it exerts on the walls of the blood vessels is known as blood pressure. When there is plaque build-up or a narrowing of the arteries, this increases blood pressure. Overtime, high blood pressure can damage blood vessels and lead to more serious conditions including coronary artery disease, heart failure, stroke and heart attack.
Cholesterol is naturally produced by your body because it is a substance that is needed for the body to build new cells. However, when there is too much cholesterol, especially low-density lipoprotein (LDL), this can lead the formation of fatty plaque along the walls of arteries throughout the body. This build-up can impair blood flow to vital organs. If left untreated, high cholesterol can lead to atherosclerosis, angina (chest pain), coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease, stroke and heart attack.
When plaque build-up forms along the walls of the arteries throughout the body, this can limit healthy blood flow to the arms and legs, which is known as peripheral artery disease (PAD). Overtime, plaque build-up can damage blood vessels and lead to serious complications, including tissue death (critical limb ischemia), aneurysms and blood clots.
Structural heart disease refers to conditions affecting the tissues or valves of the heart. There are many different types of structural heart disease and these complex conditions require specialized treatments, which often include minimally-invasive procedures or cardiothoracic surgery.
Heart Care Services
As the expert that works to help you achieve and maintain overall heart health, your non-invasive cardiologist will have regular office visits with you to provide ongoing care and services, including:
- Patient Education & Lifestyle Guidance
- Dietitian Services
- Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
- Prescribing & Managing Medications
- Lab Work & Comprehensive Blood Tests
- Testing & Diagnostic Services
Wherever you are in your heart care journey, a general or non-invasive cardiologist is the best place to start. As the expert that has a holistic and comprehensive view of heart health, non-invasive cardiologists specialize in diagnosing, treating and managing all forms of cardiovascular disease.
If you haven’t been diagnosed with heart disease, non-invasive cardiologists can help manage risk factors, perform preventative tests and work with you to be proactive about your heart health.
In the event you have a more complex or advanced form of heart disease, non-invasive cardiologists have direct access to all the specialties of Georgia Heart Institute to streamline and coordinate your care to ensure the best and easiest experience possible.
At Georgia Heart Institute, you do not need a referral to see one of our experienced non-invasive cardiologists. In fact, we offer direct scheduling both online and via phone, so you can make an appointment whenever it’s convenient for you. Our non-invasive cardiology services are available at all 13 locations of Georgia Heart Institute across the region, so you can receive expert care close to home.
When you receive treatment from one of our cardiovascular specialists at Georgia Heart Institute, your non-invasive cardiologist will be collaborating in your care throughout your journey. This ensures that your entire heart and vascular care team is on the same page and up-to-date with your diagnoses and treatments – whether you’re coming in for a procedure or a routine office visit – everything is carefully coordinated and seamless.
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