HOW TO REACH US: Call Hamilton's Cardiology Department at 706-272-6156.
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Hamilton's Cardiology department features some of the most advanced technology available. These tools mean nothing, however, without Hamilton Medical Center's highly-trained, talented cardiology staff.
Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) is designated by the State of
Georgia as an Advanced Cardiac Life Support service. As an extension of
Hamilton Medical Center, HEMS paramedics make it their goal to identify
if a person is experiencing a heart attack as quickly as possible. They
work closely with HMC nurses and physicians so that immediate treatments
are ordered and preparations are made at the hospital in anticipation of
the patient’s arrival.
• HMC is accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care as a Cycle IV Chest Pain Center with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Hamilton’s Chest Pain Center (located inside the Emergency Department) is where heart attack symptoms are quickly diagnosed, observed and treated.
• Heart Catheterization:
To determine if there are any blockages in a patient’s heart, Hamilton’s
cardiologists perform a diagnostic heart catheterization, also called a
coronary angiography. This test is performed by inserting a special type
of dye through a catheter into the heart. Through the use of this dye
and a certain type of X-ray device in the catheterization lab,
cardiologists are able to determine if and exactly where there are
blockages in the heart.
• Radial Artery Catheterization: Heart catheterizations can also be performed through the wrist, allowing for faster recovery times. Patients who undergo these radial caths are able to sit up, walk, and eat immediately after the procedure.
• Angioplasty: To increase blood flow to the heart, Hamilton’s interventional cardiologists insert a specially designed catheter with a small balloon tip. Once it is in place, the balloon is inflated to stretch the artery open.
• Stenting: To provide support and maintain blood flow to the heart, Hamilton’s interventional cardiologists insert a small mesh tube called a stent into the coronary artery.
• Cutting balloon: To remove plaque from artery walls, Hamilton’s interventional cardiologists insert a specially designed catheter with a balloon tip and small blades that cut the plaque from the artery walls.
• Pacemaker implantation: To help the heart maintain a regular rhythm, a pacemaker can be implanted.
• Cardiac defibrillator Implantation (ICD): To control the heart’s rhythm, speed, and pattern, as well as stop a dangerous arrhythmia (a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat), a cardiac defibrillator can be implanted.
• Ablation: Arrhythmias can be cured through ablation, a procedure that is performed by a specially trained electrophysiologist. Learn more about our EP Studies.
• Cardiac CT testing: Problems with the heart can often be detected by using an X-ray machine to take clear, detailed pictures of the heart. Learn more about your Cardiac Score.
• Genetic testing: In order to determine which type of medication will work best for a specific cardiac patient, Hamilton’s laboratory technicians can perform genetic testing. This can help cardiologists personalize medical care based on a patient’s genetic makeup.
• HMC offers a cardiac rehabilitation program that is often prescribed for recovering cardiac patients. This individually designed, medically supervised exercise program is designed to help patients with heart disease recover faster, help prevent other heart problems, and improve their quality of life.