Cardiology

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States of America, claiming one life approximately every 34 seconds. Not surprisingly, cardiac disease along with its related complications, is the number one reason why people in Upson County are hospitalized.

At Upson, we are dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of all cardiovascular disorders. From our Emergency Room care and our inpatient telemetry units, to our many outpatient services areas, our team of skilled professionals deliver superior care and treat every patient as an individual.

Treatment and Support Services

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Upson offers two levels of physician- prescribed Cardiac Rehab to help strengthen patients following a cardiac event. The tailored and monitored exercise programs are designed for patients who have recently had heart problems such as a heart attack, stable chest pain, stents, by-pass or valve surgery.

To provide peace of mind and proper levels of exercise, all cardiac rehab patients are monitored (blood pressure measurement and telemetry) by a Clinical Exercise Physiologist or Registered Nurse during the exercise session.

Patients receive individualized exercise prescription upon entry into the program and remain in the program until they are deemed stable enough to exercise without telemetry monitoring. Physician referral is required.

Congestive Heart Failure Clinic

Upson offers the CHF Clinic to help patients with any stage of congestive heart failure improve self care and to help prevent hospital readmissions. The CHF Clinic is held Tuesdays in the Wellness Center.

Pacemaker Follow-Up

The Pacemaker follow-up program provides ongoing monitoring of pacemakers over the telephone and in the Cardiology Department.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

PR, Pulmonary rehabilitation, also called pulmonary rehab, helps improve the well-being of people who have ongoing breathing problems.  For example, PR may benefit people who have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

PR doesn't replace medical therapy. Instead, it's used with medical therapy and includes:

  • Exercise training
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Education on your condition and how to manage it
  • Energy-conserving techniques
  • Breathing strategies 

EECP

Enhanced External Counter Pulsation is an exciting treatment for patients who suffer with chronic chest pain related to heart disease. EECP is safe and non invasive. Patients can often return to desired activities following a course of treatment.

Diagnostic Services

Inpatient/Outpatient EKG’s

An EKG is an electrical tracing of the hearts activity and is helpful in helping diagnose cardiac abnormalities such as heart attack or rhythm disorders.

Echo Cardiology Services (Inpatient & Outpatient)

Echocardiography provides sonogram images of the heart to determine structural abnormalities. Upson has the most up to date diagnostic technology including 3-D imaging.

Coronary CT Angiography (C-CTA)

This exam assists in the diagnosis of coronary artery disease. The exam is performed with only the use of one IV site and takes only approximately 8 seconds.

64- Slice CT

Upson’s 64 slice CT is so fast, it can take pictures of your heart between beats. Additional capabilities are coronary CT angiography, coronary calcification scoring, perfusion imaging, and non-invasive vascular imaging of arteries and veins. Outpatients are scheduled from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM weekdays.

Impedance Cardiography

Impedance Cardiography or ICG measures blood flow and fluid volumes through the major arteries and the lungs. This technology is helpful in diagnosing congestive heart failure and in managing high blood pressure.

Stress Tests

Stress testing can assist doctors in diagnosing heart disease. Upson offers different types of stress testing depending on the patients need. Treadmill stress testing and chemical stress exams with nuclear perfusion studies using the latest technology to speed the study and increase patient safety for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease.