Cardiac Care Center at Meadville Medical Center
The Cardiac Care Center at our Meadville hospital offers extensive non-invasive inpatient and outpatient services and state-of-the-art technology. Board-certified cardiologists and several board-certified internists work closely with family physicians at Meadville Medical Center (MMC) to diagnose the patient’s problem and to develop treatment and rehabilitation programs specific to the person’s needs. Specially trained cardiac nurses and technicians instill patient confidence with their technical expertise and caring.
Cardiovascular disease or heart disease is the number one killer in the United States. Heart disease kills more people each year than all forms of cancer combined. At the onset of any heart symptom immediate action is crucial. Go to your physician and be aware of cardiac diagnostic and treatment services available right here at Meadville Medical Center.
MMC is proud to offer our area residents a complete line of state-of-the-art cardiology services. The Cardiac Care Center offers extensive non-invasive inpatient and outpatient services. Board certified cardiologists and board certified internists work closely with family physicians to diagnose and treat patients and to develop a treatment plan specific to each individual’s needs. Specially trained cardiac nurses and cardiovascular technicians instill patient confidence with their technical expertise and caring attitude.
About the Cardiac Care Center Staff
A physician is present during all stress testing and transesophageal echocardiograms. Specially trained physicians interpret all electrocardiograms. The office of the Cardiac Care Medical Director is located within the cardiac care department.
Specially trained cardiac registered nurses, cardiovascular technicians, electrocardiogram (ECG) technicians and customer service representatives staff the Cardiac Care Center during business hours. A cardiologist, registered nurses and cardiovascular technicians are on call for cardiac emergencies should they arise after business hours.
Procedures Performed in the Cardiac Care Center
The physician who ordered your cardiac procedure should provide you with all the specific appointment and preparation guidelines. If special preparation is needed, you will be contacted by one of our cardiac nurses the day before your test. The latest nuclear stress tests, echocardiography, interventional cardiology, and other diagnostic services are available in the Cardiac Care Center. The Cardiac Care Center is also pleased to announce the recent addition of a cardiac computerized tomography (CT) scanner. During a CT scan, which is a painless test that produces clear pictures of the heart, an X-ray machine moves around the patient and takes pictures of every part of the patient’s heart.
Contacting the Cardiac Care Center and Business Hours
The physician who ordered your cardiac procedure should provide you with all the specific appointment and preparation guidelines. If special preparation is needed, you will be contacted by one of our cardiac nurses the day before your test.
Please feel free to contact the Cardiac Care Center staff at 814-333-5155 with any specific questions or concerns about our services.
Your calls are important to us and we attempt to staff our reception desk with a customer service representative. However, due to the volume of calls we receive, your call may be answered by voicemail. Please be patient and leave a message with your name and a number where you can be reached. Your call will be returned as quickly as possible.
For the fifth year in a row, our cardiovascular team was awarded the 2020 Platinum Performance Achievement Award.
Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
Cardiac rehabilitation at Meadville Medical Center (MMC) is an exercise, educational and emotional therapy program for people with heart problems. Our goal is as follows: To restore those with heart disease to their best possible condition and to reduce their risk of future heart problems. Cardiac Rehabilitation is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 7:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Referrals for Cardiac Rehabilitation
You must have a physician order and at least one of the following heart problems (note that individual insurance coverage may vary):
- Heart Attack or Myocardial Infarction
- Stable Angina
- Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)
- Valve Replacement Surgery (MVR or AVR)
- Balloon Angioplasty (PTCA)
- Coronary Stents
Inpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation
Cardiac rehabilitation begins as an inpatient heart health education program. This program begins while you are admitted at Meadville Medical Center or at the medical facility that performed your heart procedure.
Stress tests used to determine heart function include:
- Regular treadmill stress tests
- Nuclear exercise stress test
- Chemical stress test / Lexiscan or Dobutamine stress test
- Stress echocardiography / stress echo
- Dobutamine echocardiography or Dobutamine stress echo
- Pulmonary treadmill stress test
Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation
After you are discharged from the hospital, your physician may refer you to the outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation Heart-to-Heart Program at Meadville Medical Center. Our program consists of an Outpatient Monitored Cardiac Rehabilitation exercise and education program and Heart-to-Heart Club, a monthly cardiac support group.
Exercise is prescribed for heart patients in order to build strength, flexibility, endurance, and self-confidence. Heart patients wear portable heart monitors to ensure safety during their exercise progression. Under the supervision of a cardiac nurse/therapist, exercise sessions are performed three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) for up to 12 weeks.
The Cardiac Rehab Exercise Program uses treadmills and stationary bicycles to increase endurance. Arm machines, dumbbells, and wall pulleys are used to build upper body strength. At the program onset, you will exercise at a low level. As the program progresses, you will exercise harder for a longer amount of time. Our cardiologists supervise the cardiac rehab program and approve all exercise prescriptions. Your physician is kept informed of your progress through periodic progress reports.