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Cardiology

Cardiology is the medical treatment of the heart and parts of the circulatory system as they relate to the heart. Cardiologists specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions related to the cardiovascular system.

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Cardiologists in Nashville, Tennessee, and Bowling Green, Kentucky

We value your heart health and do everything we can to keep you living life to the fullest.

TriStar Health offers cardiac care across Middle Tennessee and South Central Kentucky. We provide both simple and complex cardiovascular procedures.

Is your heart healthy?

Understanding your heart health is critical to getting the care you need. We offer a health risk assessment to help get you started.

Understanding your heart health is critical to getting the care you need. We offer a health risk assessment to help get you started.

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Cardiovascular conditions we treat

Heart conditions can be complex, so we offer access to cardiovascular teams with professionals experienced in treating a wide range of heart conditions, including:

  • Aneurysms
  • Angina
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart arrhythmia
  • Heart attack
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Structural heart complications

Types of cardiology services we offer

From diagnostic testing to cardiovascular surgery, our heart and vascular specialists provide a variety of treatment options to manage your heart condition.

When chest pain is an emergency

A common reason people visit the emergency room is chest pain. This potentially life-threatening symptom may be indicative of a mild condition, such as heartburn, or it may be a sign of a heart attack.

Angina

Chest pain associated with reduced blood flow to the heart is referred to as angina. This kind of pain is sometimes referred to as a squeezing sensation or a heaviness on the chest.

The three types of angina are stable, unstable and variant. Stable angina has a predictable pattern and intensity. Unstable angina is unpredictable and features more intense chest pain. Variant angina is a severe, temporary spasm that you may feel suddenly while you are resting. Angina can occur without a heart attack but may be a warning sign of cardiovascular issues that can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Heart attack

It can be difficult to know when chest pain is related to a heart attack, which makes it important for you to recognize the symptoms. Men and women may experience different symptoms. Pain may sometimes appear in areas other than the chest because there is not enough blood flow to those areas. At times, the discomfort may be so small people may assume they have a stomach virus.

Heart attack symptoms in women and men

Women experiencing a heart attack are more likely to have different symptoms than men, including:

  • Anxiety or a sense of impending doom
  • Back pain
  • Discomfort, pain or numbness in one or both arms
  • Indigestion
  • Jaw pain
  • Nausea or dizziness
  • Neck pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Uncomfortable pressure on the chest
  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Vomiting

Men experiencing a heart attack may have symptoms that include:

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Coughing or wheezing
  • Dizziness
  • Heart palpitations (the feeling your heart has skipped a beat)
  • Racing heart
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating

Accredited heart care

Seconds count when you need emergency care. Chest pain, heart failure, heart attacks and stroke all require quick treatment for the best chances of survival and outcomes. To ensure you get that care as fast as possible, many TriStar Health facilities maintain accreditations in efficiency and quality, including:

Cardiovascular diagnostics

Screening for heart conditions is an important step in living a long and healthy life. As such, we use state-of-the-art technology to ensure you receive the most accurate diagnosis and best possible treatment options.

Some of our heart imaging tests and procedures include:

  • Angiography
  • Ankle-brachial index test
  • Ambulatory cardiac monitoring
  • Cardiac calcium scoring
  • Cardiac computerized tomography (CT)
  • Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Cardiac stress test
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Echocardiography
  • Holter monitoring
  • Doppler ultrasound
  • Multigated acquisition (MUGA) scan
  • Nuclear stress test
  • Positron emission tomography (PET) scan
  • Tilt table test
  • Transesophageal echocardiography
  • Vascular ultrasound studies
Cardiac calcium scoring

For patients who may be unaware of the quality of their heart health, a cardiac calcium scoring test may be useful in determining the potential risk of a heart attack or other heart conditions. A cardiac calcium scoring test is a non-invasive computed tomography (CT) scan that determines the amount of calcified plaque found in the arteries, which assists heart doctors in evaluating risk.

Although anyone concerned about their risk for heart disease can discuss options for assessing risk, good candidates for cardiac calcium scoring include:

  • Men 45 years old and older
  • Women 55 years old and older
  • Patients overweight by 10 pounds or more
  • Patients who smoke
  • Patients with a family history of heart disease or stroke
  • Patients with diabetes
  • Patients with a sedentary lifestyle
Cardiac catheterization lab

Cardiac catheterization refers to a diagnostic procedure that detects cardiac issues via the insertion of a catheter — a thin, long tube — into an artery or vein. We perform many procedures in our cardiac catheterization laboratory, such as stent placements, heart catheterizations and angioplasties.

Cardiovascular procedures

We offer a variety of cardiovascular procedures across the TriStar Health network of hospitals, including:

  • Angioplasty
  • Atherectomy
  • Atrial fibrillation (AFib) ablation
  • Beating heart surgery (off-pump bypass)
  • Bentall procedure
  • Cardiac ablation
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG)
  • Endovascular aneurysm repair - stent grafting (EVAR)
  • Implanted cardiac defibrillator (ICD)
  • Left atrial appendage (LAA) closure
  • Left ventricular assist device (LVAD)
  • Left ventricular reconstructive surgery
  • Maze and mini maze procedures
  • Minimally invasive bypass surgery
  • Mitral valve repair
  • Pacemaker
  • Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)
  • Pulmonary artery pressure monitoring system
  • Ross procedure
  • Sternal reconstruction
  • Thrombectomy
  • Valvuloplasty
  • Thoracic aortic aneurysm repair
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
  • Transmyocardial laser revascularization (TMR)

When heart or vascular surgical intervention is necessary, our skilled surgeons are experienced in all facets of cardiovascular surgery and will work with your cardiologist from diagnosis through recovery to provide the full continuum of care.

Thrive Blog

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