Cardiology Services at Plantation General

Electrocardiogram

  • Electrocardiogram measures the electrical activity of your heart. The heart generates an electrical signal, which flows out from your heart through your body. Small electrical sensors, called electrodes, are put on your skin to sense the electricity that began in your heart. The electrical activity is then turned into a graph. This can give doctors an idea of whether your heart is beating normally.

Stress testing

  • A cardiac stress test is a recording of the heart's activity during exercise. The heart is monitored using electrodes to record its electrical activity. Heart activity is also measured by looking at changes in blood pressure and pulse during the test.

Echocardiogram

  • Echocardiogram uses sound waves called ultrasound to look at the size, shape, and motion of the heart. The test shows:
    • 4 chambers of the heart
    • Heart valves and the walls of the heart
    • Blood vessels entering and leaving the heart
  • ln addition to this standard test, there are specialized echocardiograms:
    • Contrast echocardiogram:
      A solution is injected into the vein and can be seen in the heart.
    • Stress echocardiogram:
      This records the heart's activity during a cardiac stress test.
    • Echocardiogram with Doppler ultrasound:
      This helps your doctor assess blood flow.
    • Transesophageal echocardiogram:
      To provide clear images of the heart, the ultrasound device is put down your throat. Your doctor may need to use this test depending on what part of the heart needs to be viewed.

Echocardiography Lab

Our echocardiography laboratory is equipped with the cardiac transthoracic and transesophageal ultrasound systems. The physicians have the capability of viewing images from other facilities as well as the Pediatric Cardiologist can view from their offices and home. Cardiologists also have a workstation for evaluation and analysis of the images.

Specialized procedures performed in the Echocardiography Lab include the following:

  • Diagnostic 2-dimensional echocardiography with or without M-Mode, Color Flow, Mapping and Doppler
  • Transesophageal echocardiography with omniplane transducer

Our stroke certification is a tangible step that we have taken to become a primary hospital of choice for our community. As we continue along this path of growth and development of our service lines and clinical programs, we are very proud to be a facility that is continually investing and adding services to meet the changing and growing needs of our community.

Electrophysiology

Cardiac electrophysiology is the study of the heart's electrical system. The term "Electrophysiology Study" or "EP Study" applies to any procedure that requires the insertion of an electrode catheter into the heart.

We at Plantation General Hospital are capable of performing Cardiac Implants:

  • Permanent/Temporary pacemakers
  • Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators

Heart Attack Warning Signs

Almost a million Americans have a heart attack every year. Heart attacks are more likely to occur in people who:

  • Smoke
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Don't exercise
  • Have high blood sugar

Some risk factors, like age and family history, are not under our control. But, no matter what risks you might have, the best course of action you can take for your health is knowing the facts and having a doctor who knows you.

Time Matters - Know the Signs

When you're having a heart attack, seconds matter more than ever. You need to move fast. Start by knowing the warning signs; they differ for men and women so it is important to know them all.

Men

  • Chest pain lasting more than 15 minutes
  • Discomfort in the jaw, neck, shoulders, arms or back
  • Intense sweating or shortness of breath
  • Nausea or vomiting

Women

  • Unusual chest pain, stomach or abdominal pain
  • Nausea or dizziness
  • Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing
  • Unexplained anxiety, weakness or fatigue
  • Palpitations or cold sweats