Expert Diagnosis and Treatment for Heart Problems

Cardiology

If you have heart disease, arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, or you are at risk of developing a heart problem, our expert cardiologists can help you regain or maintain a healthy and full life. Cardiologists are physicians who have completed three years of additional medical training in heart care. They diagnose and treat disorders of the heart and blood vessels surrounding the heart.

Cardiology Services

If you have a significant heart-related condition, a cardiologist can help. Cardiologists can determine what’s causing symptoms, such as shortness of breath, chest pains, or dizzy spells. These symptoms often require specialized testing, which a cardiologist can perform or order. Penn Highlands cardiologists offer cardiac testing at all four of our hospitals throughout Central Pennsylvania.

If your cardiologist diagnoses any type of heart problem, he or she can help you manage your condition. Your cardiologist may prescribe medication, recommend cardiac rehabilitation, or work with you on lifestyle modification. Your cardiologist has the skills and training necessary to perform cardiac catheterization or balloon angioplasty, which is a procedure used to clear blockages from your arteries. Cardiologists also work closely with your primary care doctor to maintain your overall health and can refer you to a cardiac surgeon, if needed.

Common Heart Problems Treated by Cardiologists

Penn Highlands cardiologists have the expertise to diagnose and treat all of the most common heart problems. So there’s no need to leave Central Pennsylvania for heart care. Some of the conditions we treat include:

Arrhythmia is a common and usually harmless condition that causes the heart to beat too fast, too slow, or irregularly. Sometimes, very irregular rhythms can lead to serious heart problems, which is why arrhythmia needs to be evaluated by a cardiologist.

Atrial fibrillation, or AFib for short, is a type of arrhythmia that causes a very fast heartbeat. AFib, which often develops as we age, significantly increases your risk for heart attack, heart failure, and stroke.

Blockages are caused by plaque buildup in the arteries of the heart. They narrow the passageways and restrict blood flow, causing chest pain called angina. If an artery becomes completely blocked by plaque, a heart attack occurs.

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a very common condition that occurs when blood applies excess force on your artery walls as it’s being pumped throughout your body. It can lead to arrhythmia, heart attack, and stroke. It is easily controlled by medication and lifestyle changes, such as losing weight and exercising.

Peripheral vascular disease is the narrowing or blockage of blood vessels outside the heart. It most commonly affects the legs but can occur in the arms as well.

Heart murmurs are when there is a whooshing sound between heartbeats. They are usually harmless but may signal an underlying condition. They should be evaluated by a cardiologist.

Interventional Cardiology Services

Interventional cardiologists are heart doctors who have one to two years of advanced education and training beyond their cardiology training. They specialize in cardiac catheterization, a procedure that allows them to see the inside of your veins and heart. Heart catheterization can help them identify locations of blockages and verify electrical functions. Interventional cardiologists also use heart caths to open up blockages and reinforce weak spots in the arteries of the heart.

If you’re looking for a cardiologist to help diagnose and treat your heart condition, find one at Penn Highlands Healthcare.


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Conditions We Treat

Angina
Arrhythmia
Blockages
Cardiomyopathy
Heart Attack
Heart Defects
Heart Failure
Peripheral Vascular Disease/PAD

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