At RMC Anniston, our experienced cardiologists and cardiac specialists treat a variety of cardiac-related conditions including:

  • Coronary and peripheral vascular interventions
  • Angioplasty
  • Coronary bypass surgery
  • Valve surgery
  • Thoracic aortic surgery
  • Arrhythmia bypass surgery
  • Transmyocardial revascularization
  • Cardiac Rhythm Management (pacemakers/internal cardiac defibrillators/reveal devices)

Procedure Laboratories

With four state-of-the-art Cardiac Procedure Laboratories, three used for Catheterization, RMC is equipped with the most modern diagnostic and imaging technology that can quickly and accurately evaluate the severity of a patients’ cardiac condition.

Upon discharge, cardiac care patients receive a customized and comprehensive cardiac rehabilitative program administered on an outpatient basis at the RMC Tyler Center, located just steps away from our main campus in Anniston.  An experienced team of certified cardiac care nurses offer patients an educational exercise program to further their recovery.

Additional Cardiology Services available at RMC Anniston include:

  • Cardiac Telemetry Unit
  • Diagnostic Studies
  • Echocardiogram
  • Computerized Stress Testing
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Twenty-four-hour ambulatory monitoring

When choosing a cardiologist, the choice is clear for patients in northeast Alabama – the experienced and skilled cardiac care team at RMC Anniston. The state-of-the-art services and personalized care that we provide can make all the difference in your diagnosis and recovery.

Stringfellow Heart Care Services

Advanced cardiac diagnostic services at our Cardiovascular Lab

RMC Stringfellow Memorial Hospital Cardiovascular Lab was opened in 2003 and performs a variety of inpatient and outpatient procedures. The first step toward a healthy heart is to determine the type and extent of cardiovascular disease. Stringfellow Memorial provides technologically advanced heart care, offering state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and expertise. Our experienced clinical cardiologists use a wide range of sophisticated cardiac procedures to diagnose heart disease. The staff is credentialed and have advanced educations in their fields of specialty.

Procedures Performed:

  • Coronary Angiograms
  • Emergency Coronary Artery Stents
  • Pacemaker Implants
  • Defibrillator Implants
  • Peripheral Angiograms
  • Peripheral Artery Stents

Our Stress Laboratory also provides exercise stress testing and all forms of nuclear stress testing to include but not limited to:

  • Non-nuclear stress testing (Regular GXT)
  • Nuclear Stress testing
  • Dobutamine Stress Test
  • Persantine Stress test
  • Stress Echocardiograms

Our Cardio/Vascular Ultrasound Laboratory offers multiple vascular ultrasound studies to check blood flow through arteries and veins which include but not limited to:

  • 2D Echocardiograms
  • Carotid Doppler Scans

Transesophageal Echocardiograms (TEE)
If your physician requests continuous EKG monitoring, we can also provide you with 24-48 hour Holter Monitoring, 30-day Event Monitoring and we also have Electrocardiograms available 24 hours 7 days a week.

For more information about our cardiology services, please call (256) 235-8815 or (256) 235-8762.

 

Heart failure, also known as congestive heart failure (CHF), occurs when the heart can no longer pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. Different from a heart attack, heart failure is a chronic, long-term condition that prevents the heart from functioning effectively.

Stringfellow Memorial’s heart care specialists utilize advanced diagnostic technology to determine the cause and extent of heart failure. Doctors and nurses who specialize in heart failure provide a comprehensive management program that offers the latest treatment options, including:

  • Medical management – Medications are used to lower blood pressure, eliminate excess water, prevent clotting, slow heart rate or alter hormones that affect the heart. Stringfellow Memorial’s cardiologists can develop a program that combines medication and lifestyle changes to effectively manage heart failure.
  • Risk-factor management – Lifestyle changes such as losing weight and eating more healthfully, controlling blood pressure, abstaining from alcohol and smoking, and getting enough rest can help improve heart health and prevent further damage.
  • Minimally invasive cardiac catheterization techniques – Outpatient procedures such as angioplasty and stent placement are used to open blocked arteries.
  • Surgery – Experienced cardiac surgeons utilize advanced technology to deliver state-of-the-art heart failure treatment, including implantable devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators. Surgeons use minimally invasive techniques whenever possible.

Minimally invasive techniques to treat heart disease

In some cases, heart disease can be treated using minimally invasive interventional cardiology techniques that use a catheter (thin, flexible tube) inserted into the arteries. The catheter is guided to the heart to open blocked arteries and improve blood flow. These advanced techniques are performed on an outpatient basis and offer a non-surgical alternative to treat many heart conditions.

Stringfellow Memorial’s board-certified interventional cardiologists use a variety of advanced catheter-assisted techniques to treat heart disease, including:

  • Diagnostic cardiac catheterization – Examines the heart with real-time images (fluoroscopy), and measures blood pressure, blood flow, oxygen levels, and is used to collect biopsies and blood samples.
  • Angioplasty – A tiny balloon on the end of a catheter is inflated to push plaque against the wall of the artery to improve blood flow. A laser can also be used to break up the plaque.
  • Stent placement – A stent, which is a small mesh tube, is placed in an artery to hold it open and improve blood flow.
  • Ablation – A catheter fitted with a tiny electrode eliminates abnormal heart cells that cause arrhythmias.
  • Coronary atherectomy – A catheter fitted with a tiny rotating shaver removes hardened plaque to open a blocked artery.

Experienced vascular specialists

Vascular medicine focuses on conditions and diseases that affect arteries and veins, and impair blood flow. Vascular disease can contribute to coronary artery disease (heart attack) and stroke, two of the leading causes of death and disability in the U.S. Stringfellow Memorial offers a range of services for prevention and treatment of vascular diseases. Vascular specialists provide care for conditions such as:

  • Aneurysm
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Buerger’s disease
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Varicose veins

Stringfellow Memorial’s vascular medicine team has the expertise to provide a full spectrum of care, including:

  • Advanced diagnostic technology – Heart and vascular specialists utilize advanced imaging technology such as computed tomography angiography (CTA) and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA), or a minimally invasive coronary angiogram to evaluate and diagnose heart and vascular disease.
  • Risk-factor management – Diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity and unhealthful habits such as a sedentary lifestyle, smoking and improper diet can contribute to vascular disease. Stringfellow Memorial offers educational and preventive-screening services to help promote healthful practices that contribute to heart and vascular health. A multidisciplinary team can provide a treatment program to manage risk factors to minimize the risk of developing or aggravating vascular disease.
  • Surgical interventions – Minimally invasive catheter-assisted techniques such as angioplasty, atherectomy and stent placement can be used to remove plaque and reopen blocked arteries. Vascular specialists use minimally invasive procedures whenever possible.