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Noninvasive Cardiac Services

More than 83 million Americans are living with a disease that can exhibit no symptoms until it’s too late – an artery to the heart becomes blocked and they experience a heart attack or stroke.

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is any disease of the heart or vascular system that transports blood through the body. It includes coronary heart disease — heart attacks and chest pain — along with high blood pressure, heart defects, stroke and heart failure.

CVD accounts for one-third of all the deaths in Georgia. In 2007 — the most recent year for which data is available — the state’s CVD death rate was 9 percent higher than the national rate, and about half of all deaths in Carroll, Douglas, Haralson, Heard and Paulding counties are caused by CVD. In Alabama, heart disease is the leading cause of death, attributed to a quarter of all deaths in 2010, while stroke was the fourth leading cause of death, causing 5 percent of all deaths in the state.

To help fight CVD in west Georgia and east Alabama, Tanner offers a broad range of general cardiac care, with board-certified cardiologists and advanced practice providers who can evaluate symptoms, diagnose conditions and provide general solutions to help manage blood pressure, cholesterol and more.

From medication monitoring to lifestyle changes, the heart specialists at Tanner take a long view on heart health, working to reduce the occurrence of heart attack and stroke and help people live longer, more active lives.

And when a problem is found or a more intensive level of care is needed, Tanner Heart Care’s team features cardiac specialists with a wide range of advanced skills and training provide state-of-theart diagnostic imaging and non-surgical interventions.

Noninvasive cardiac services at Tanner include:

  • Cardiac MRI: A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system provides dynamic imaging, allowing physicians to see heart function and the structure of the heart as the heart moves — making diagnoses while watching the heart move with high-definition, almost real-time imaging.
  • Echocardiogram (also known as echo): A noninvasive test that uses sound waves to evaluate the heart’s chambers and valves. The echo sound waves create an image on the monitor as an ultrasound probe is passed over the heart.
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG): A test that records the electrical activity of the heart, shows abnormal rhythms (arrhythmias), and can sometimes detect heart muscle damage.
  • Event recorder: A small, portable, battery-powered machine used to record ECG over a long period. A person may keep the recorder for several weeks. Each time symptoms are experienced, the person presses a button on the recorder to record the ECG sample. As soon as possible, this sample is transmitted to the doctor’s office for evaluation.
  • Holter monitor: A small, portable, battery-powered ECG machine worn by a person to record heartbeats on tape over a period of 24 to 48 hours during normal activities. At the end of the time period, the monitor is returned to the doctor’s office so the tape can be read and evaluated.
  • Non-contrast magnetic resonance angiography (MRA): A test that uses a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system’s powerful magnet to manipulate the iron in a patient’s blood, read how the iron responds and capture extremely detailed images — all without contrast and without radiation. It is used to help diagnose a number of blood vessel conditions, including problems with the aorta and the blood vessels that supply all major organs and extremities.
  • Stress test (also called treadmill or exercise ECG): A test that is given while a person walks on a treadmill or pedals a stationary bike to monitor the heart during exercise. Breathing and blood pressure rates are also monitored. A stress test may be used to detect coronary artery disease or to determine safe levels of exercise following a heart attack or heart surgery.
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE): A test in which a small probe, about the size of a little finger, is swallowed and passed down the esophagus.
  • Tilt table test: A test done while the person is connected to ECG and blood pressure monitors and strapped to a table that tilts the person from a lying to standing position. This test is used to determine if the person is prone to sudden drops in blood pressure or slow pulse rates with position changes.

Access to Care Where You Need It

Tanner Heart Care offers noninvasive cardiac services at locations throughout the region, with cardiologists serving Carrollton, Villa Rica, Bremen and Wedowee, Ala., providing access to cardiac care where you need it, close to home.

To find a cardiologist on Tanner's medical staff, click Our Team or call 770.214.CARE for a physician referral.

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