Cardiac Services Overview

From tests to treatment, patients can expect the best care from Marshall Cardiac Services. Here's a summary of what we offer.

To see our cardiology physicians, visit the Marshall Cardiology page.

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Our program can help you strengthen your heart, learn the important steps to reduce future heart problems and stay motivated to improve your health.

Visit our page for complete information.

Always discuss with your doctor before beginning any new exercise regimen.

Echocardiogram (ECHO)
A proven, quick, non-invasive and painless way to check the chambers and valves of the heart.

For those with chest pain, palpitations or shortness of breath, this test helps your doctor determine the best course of care. It takes only about 30 minutes.

It uses a similar ultrasound technology that's used for pregnancies. It visualizes the structures of your heart that might need treatment.

Electrocardiogram Stress Lab (EKG Stress)
Used to evaluate the heart and vascular system during exercise.

Some forms of cardiac disease are easily missed when a patient is resting -- even standard EKG's can appear normal. Some cardiac abnormalities only appear when the heart is forced to perform at a higher level.

This test helps your physician answer two general questions: 1) is there underlying heart disease that's only apparent when the heart is stressed by exercise?, and 2) If so, how bad is it?

Computed Tomography (CT) Cardiac Calcium Scoring
A quick, painless test to assess coronary disease.

CT Cardiac Calcium Scoring is relatively new. This diagnostic test is non-invasive, and used by physicians to determine coronary artery calcium content. The result is a "calcium score" that can indicate evidence of coronary artery disease. The test takes just a few minutes.

Heart Health Tip:
It does matter how much physical activity you do. The recommended amount is at least 30 minutes a day, most days of the week. But any activity is better than none.

External Counterpulsation (ECP) call (530) 626-2850
The latest breakthrough in non-invasive treatment for sufferers of severe angina.

ECP is an outpatient procedure that uses fabric cuffs fastened to a patient's calves, thighs and buttocks. Pockets within the cuffs are inflated with air when the heart is at rest, forcing blood up to the heart and increasing the blood flow through the coronary arteries to the heart muscle. ECP has also been found to help reduce the amount of work on the heart.

Patients who undergo ECP treatment report fewer periods of chest pain, the ability to resume physical activity at a higher level, and a general improvement in their quality of life. The standard treatment period is one hour a day, five days a week, for seven weeks, with weekends off. ECP is covered by most insurance plans and a referral from a cardiologist is required.

Heart Health Tip:
Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most important things you can do for your heart. A healthy diet is key. Opt for high-fiber, low-fat choices, fill your plate with plenty of fruits & vegetables and banish the saturated and trans fats.

Cardiac Catheterization Lab
A minimally invasive procedure that provides information about the heart and coronary arteries.

Everything in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, located in the Surgery Department at Marshall Hospital, is state-of-the-art.

Cardiac Catheterization involves inserting a catheter into an artery of the heart. A dye is then injected into the arteries that supply the heart and ventricles, allowing the physicians to see any blockages of the arteries, or irregularities in the heart valves. In addition to diagnostic catheterization procedures, insertion of temporary and permanent pacemakers can be done at the lab.

Congestive Heart Active Telephone Treatment (CHATT) call (530) 626-2850
Whether you've recently been diagnosed with congestive heart failure (CHF), or if you have struggled with CHF for years, we can help.

Marshall's CHATT team can help improve your quality of life, reduce complications from CHF, and keep you out of the hospital.

Visit the CHATT page for complete information.

Heart Health Tip:
High blood pressure causes greater risk for heart disease, stroke and other medical problems. Normal blood pressure is 120/80; above 140/90 is considered high.