Newton Medical Center offers comprehensive heart and pulmonary care including stress testing, coronary calcium scoring, cardiac catheterization and rehabilitation. Patients may contact a specialist directly or may need to get a referral from their primary care physician, depending on their health insurance plan.
Newton Medical Center’s Cardiovascular Catheterization Lab allows health care providers to test and treat the heart, coronary and peripheral arteries at a location that’s close to you.
One test performed in the cath lab is a cardiac catheterization (cardiac cath). This test shows how well the heart is working and if there are any blockages in the heart.
Cardiac nuclear medicine stress tests are indicated for individuals with unexplained chest pain or chest pain brought on by exercise (called angina) to permit the early detection of heart disease. The most common cardiac nuclear medicine procedure, called myocardial perfusion imaging, enables the visualization of blood-flow patterns to the heart walls. The test is important for evaluating the presence of suspected or known coronary artery disease (blockages), as well as the results of previous injury to the heart from a heart attack (myocardial infarction).
Cardiac rehabilitation at Newton Medical Center is a medically-supervised education and exercise program for those who have suffered a cardiac event. This six- to 12-week outpatient program is designed to limit the physiological and psychological effects of cardiac illness and control certain cardiac symptoms. Physician referral is required to participate in the program.
Education sessions include:
- Risk factor modification
- Anatomy and physiology
- Stress management
- Recommendations for daily living activities
An individualized exercise training program is developed for each participant. Exercises may include:
- Stationary bicycle
- Upper body bicycle
- Strength training
Cardiac rehabilitation is covered by Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and most private insurance carriers. Check with your insurance carrier concerning coverage.
Coronary calcium scoring is a procedure involving the use of our 160-slice CT scanner in order to determine the level of calcium in the coronary arteries of your heart. This simple, non-invasive and painless procedure can detect the presence of coronary artery disease (CAD) long before it becomes symptomatic.
By catching CAD early through coronary calcium scoring, preventative measures can be taken to reduce the risk of a heart attack or sudden cardiac death.
Who should consider calcium scoring?
Calcium scoring can be a lifesaver, and should be considered by those who are at risk for CAD, including:
- Males age 45 and older
- Females age 55 and older
- Younger individuals with two or more risk factors for heart disease
What are the risk factors for heart disease?
- Age. Aging increases your risk of damaged and narrowed arteries and weakened or thickened heart muscle.
- Sex. Men are generally at greater risk of heart disease. However, women’s risk increases after menopause.
- Family history. A family history of heart disease increases your risk of CAD, especially if a parent developed it at an early age (before age 55 for a male relative and 65 for a female relative).
- Smoking. Nicotine constricts your blood vessels, and carbon monoxide can damage their inner lining, making them more susceptible to atherosclerosis, or the narrowing of arteries due
to plaque buildup on the artery walls. Heart attacks are more common in smokers than in nonsmokers.
- Poor diet. A diet that is high in fat, salt, sugar and cholesterol can contribute to the development of heart disease.
- High blood pressure. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can result in hardening and thickening of your arteries, which narrows the vessels through which blood flows.
- High cholesterol. High levels of cholesterol in your blood can increase the risk of formation of atherosclerosis and plaques.
- Diabetes. Diabetes increases your risk of heart disease. Both conditions share similar risk factors, such as obesity and high blood pressure.
- Obesity. Excess weight typically worsens other risk factors.
- Physical inactivity. Lack of exercise also is associated with many forms of heart disease as well as some of its other risk factors.
- Stress. Unrelieved stress may damage your arteries and worsen other risk factors for heart disease.
How do I obtain a calcium scoring test?
Newton Medical Center offers coronary calcium scoring tests for only $94. Since a physician order is required, talk to your primary care provider to find out if calcium scoring is right for you. To schedule your test, first purchase a voucher online through MDsave, then call our Imaging department at 316-804-6170.
Pulmonary rehabilitation plays an important role in the comprehensive medical management of patients with chronic respiratory disease. Research shows that pulmonary rehabilitation programs provide the greatest improvements in symptoms, exercise capacity and health-related quality of life of any therapy available for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This type of program has also shown effective with other respiratory disorders, such as chronic asthma and restrictive lung diseases.
NMC’s pulmonary rehabilitation program consists of a multidisciplinary team of registered nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists and dieticians. Overseen by a program medical director, the team designs a comprehensive program specific to each patient’s needs.
Patients in the program meet with their team twice a week, for nine to eighteen weeks, as medically necessary. At the beginning of the program, patients undergo an evaluation to determine what track of the program best suits their needs. In addition to the customized plan, pulmonary rehabilitation includes:
- Education on nutrition, exercise, pulmonary disease and management of symptoms
- Lifestyle change support
- Smoking cessation resources (when necessary)
- Stress management tools
Individuals with any of the following diagnoses may be a candidate for our pulmonary rehabilitation program:
- COPD (Emphysema, Chronic Bronchitis)
- Gold Class II through IV
- Restrictive lung diseases such as Sarcoidosis or Pulmonary Fibrosis
- Chronic Asthma
A physician referral is necessary to participate in this program. If you don’t have a pulmonologist or primary care provider, and believe you would benefit from this program, call (316) 804-6242 and our pulmonary rehabilitation team will assist in obtaining a referral.