Newton Medical Center offers comprehensive heart care including stress testing, cardiac catheterization and rehabilitation. Patients may contact a cardiologist directly or may need to get a referral from their primary care physician, depending on their health insurance plan.
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.
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).