When it comes to heart care, every second matters. In the event that you or a loved one experience the symptoms of a heart attack, Hamilton Medical Center’s team of experts is close to home and ready to care for you and your family 24/7.
In an emergency, often the first medical assistance you will receive is from a Hamilton Emergency Medical Services (EMS) paramedic or emergency medical technician (EMT). Rest assured, Hamilton’s EMS 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 the nurses and physicians at Hamilton Medical Center so that immediate treatments are ordered and preparations are made in anticipation of the patient’s arrival.
Hamilton is accredited by the American College of Cardiology Accreditation Services as a Cycle V 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.
Cardiac Care Services at Hamilton Medical Center
Hamilton Medical Center provides the following services:
- 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 catheterizations 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Hamilton 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.