Our expert team of cardiologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the cardiovascular system. General cardiology services are offered on a 24/7/365 basis in conjunction Grays Harbor Community Hospital. Our general cardiology services include:
- Cardiac risk assessment.
- Cholesterol & hypertension management.
- Pacemaker monitoring.
- Diagnostic testing and imaging.
- Cardiology consultations.
- Arrhythmia management.
Invasive cardiology uses minimally-invasive surgery called a cardiac catheterization to identify structural or electrical abnormalities within the heart. Our invasive cardiology services are offered Monday-Friday each week.
What is a cardiac catheterization?
A cardiac catheterization is a procedure to examine how well your heart is working. A thin, hollow tube called a catheter is inserted into a large blood vessel that leads to your heart.
During cardiac catheterization, your doctor may:
- Take X-rays using contrast dye injected through the catheter to look for narrowed or blocked coronary arteries.
- Check the pressure in the four chambers of your heart.
- Evaluate the ability of the pumping chambers to contract.
- Stress testing. Used to determine the amount of stress that the heart can manage before developing an abnormal rhythm or evidence of ischemia (not enough blood flow).
- Echocardiogram. Also called an “echo”, this test is safe and painless, and uses ultrasound waves to examine the heart.
- Electrocardiogram EKG/ECG. A test that records the electrical activity of the heart.
- Holter monitoring. Portable monitoring of the heart’s electrical activity for an extended period of time, usually 24-48 hours.
- Nuclear imaging. Uses trace amounts of radioactive material to diagnose or determine severity of heart disease.
- Cardiac catheterization. The insertion of a catheter into a chamber or vessel of the heart to measure blood flow, diagnose heart disease, look for defects, or open up a blocked artery.
- Cardiac rehabilitation. A personalized program designed to improve quality of life and reduce coronary risk factors after a heart attack, open heart surgery, valve repair, or stable angina. Please call Jared Eaton, Cardiac Rehab RN, for more information or to make an appointment at 360.532.8330.
When you choose Grays Harbor for your cardiology needs, you can be certain that you’ll have access to the best technology, innovative techniques, and the expertise of highly specialized physicians working to provide the care that’s best for you.
Making Your Appointment
To make an appointment, please call our office at 360.533.9830. When making your appointment, please let the scheduler know the nature of your health concerns.
Before Your Appointment
Prior to your appointment, take a moment to write down the details of your recent medical history. Make a list of your current medications and any allergies you may have.
Please arrive for your appointment 10-15 minutes early to allow time for registration. Be sure to bring your insurance card, your medication list, and your list of health concerns to discuss.
After Your Appointment
Follow through on the instructions you’ve been given by your physician. If you do not understand any part of the instructions given to you, please call the physician's office to clarify. Notify the office of any side effects or if you begin to feel worse.