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The UPMC Chautauqua WCA Heart Center combines the clinical care of our physicians, nurses, and healthcare support team with cardiac monitoring and heart technology for the diagnosis, treatment and recovery of heart (cardiovascular) disease and related disorders. We focus on prevention as well as emergency care, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, support, and education.

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Cardiac Rehabilitation

Our comprehensive program offers the education, exercise prescription and support needed for recovery from a heart attack or heart disorder.

Our team teaches participants about stress management, nutrition, exercise, smoking cessation, medication therapy and coronary artery disease. Our goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle and prevent further heart disease.

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Cardiac Catheterization

This is a diagnostic procedure in which a long thin tube called a catheter is placed in a blood vessel and then guided to the heart. A contrast media or "dye" is injected through the catheter and x-rays are taken to evaluate the coronary arteries, heart valves and heart muscle function. This procedure is not a surgery.

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Cardiac Catheterization Through the Radial Artery - An Alternative to the Femoral Approach

Radial Access Catheterization can be performed on most patients who need a cardiac catheterization, and may reduce recovery time compared to femoral (groin) approach. Instead of going through the femoral artery in the groin, specially trained cardiologist, James Cirbus, M.D., board-certified cardiologist, is able to perform cardiac catheterization from the radial artery in the wrist.

Benefits include:

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Echocardiogram (ECHO)

An ECHO uses sound waves to create a picture of the heart. The picture is similar to an x-ray image. However, there is no exposure to radiation.

A physician can examine the heart valves and determine how well they function as well as determine if there are other heart abnormalities.

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Nuclear Stress Test

This test uses radioactive tracers to identify and outline heart chambers and evaluate the circulation to the heart muscle. It is noninvasive and valuable in the detection of heart disease.

A radioactive isotope (tracer) is injected into the vein. The tracer attaches to red blood cells and passes through the heart via circulation. Special cameras or scanners trace the isotope. Pictures are taken before and after exercise to determine any differences in the blood flow to the heart muscle. For patients who have difficulty walking, medication is used to simulate the heart's response to exercise.

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For a copy of UPMC Chautauqua WCA Heart Brochure, click here