Services offered at Stern Cardiovascular Center

Patient Education Programs

Lipid Clinic
In order to lower your cholesterol, the Lipid Clinic teaches you which foods to eat and which to avoid.

Outpatient Services

Cardiac Wellness Exam for Women
Based on your individual needs as a woman, a nurse practitioner designs a Cardiac Wellness Plan for you.

Interventional Cardiology
Procedures requiring insertions of catheters into blood vessels. It includes cardiac catheterization, coronary angiography, coronary angioplasty, coronary athrectomy, coronary artery stent placement, and myocardial biopsies.

Pacing and Arrhythmia Management
Involves evaluation and treatment of cardiac electrical (conduction) disturbances. This includes electrophysiologic evaluations with temporary pacemaker insertion and definitive treatment with permanent pacemakers, abalation procedures, and internal cardiac defibrillators.

Holter and Event Monitoring
Records an individual's heartbeat.

Exercise Stress Test (also called Electrocardiogram, EKG, or ECG)
Tracks your heart's response to exercise by recording your heartbeat while you walk on a treadmill or ride a stationary bike.

Echo (Echocardiogram)
By using sound waves to evaluate and make images of your heart, this test allows one to carefully evaluate the heart muscle size and squeezing capacity as well as the valves of the heart.

Stress Echocardiography
This test couples the echo evaluation of the heart with a stress test which can be performed with a treadmill or with medications.

Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE)
Cardiac echo images are obtained by placing the echo transducer into the esophagus allowing one to see very small cardiac structures in great detail.

Dobutamine Stress Echo
The stress echocardiogram (as described above) is performed by giving the drug Dobutamine in lieu of exercise.

Cardiac Nuclear Imaging
Tracks blood flow through your heart muscle with radioactive isotopes and produces visual images.

Restores your normal heartbeat with a small, brief electric shock.

Pharmacologic Myocardial Perfusion Imaging
Similar to Cardiac Nuclear Imaging except that drugs are given in order to mimic exercise.

Inpatient Services

Cardiac Catheterization
This test involves the insertion of a small tube into the blood vessel in an extremity with subsequent advancement to the cardiac structures to record pressures and inject dye.

PTCA - Stent Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty is a technique for opening an artery with a catheter (tube) with a balloon device on the end of it. Sometimes a small coil called a stent is places as well to help keep the artery open.

EPS (Electrophysiology Study) is performed by placing small, temporary electrodes through the femoral (leg) vessel and advancing them inside the heart to evaluate the electrical system of the heart.

A technique performed sometimes in conjunction with EPS to eliminate abnormal heart rhythms.

For questions or concerns about any of the Services listed above, please contact Sharon P. Goldstein, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at 901.271.2123,and she will be happy to talk with you.