Cardiovascular Services

Northern Westchester Hospital provides comprehensive cardiovascular services aimed at preventing, diagnosing and treating cardiovascular diseases.

NWH services target the full range of conditions related to the heart and vascular system, including congestive heart failure, hypertension (high blood pressure), atherosclerosis (narrowing or hardening of the arteries), peripheral vascular disease and more.

Therapeutic Hypothermia Protocol
NWH also has a therapeutic hypothermia protocol for cardiac patients. Patients who arrive at the hospital and have been resuscitated after cardiac arrest but are still in a coma have better outcomes if they are cooled down rapidly. NWH is able to start to cooling process in the Emergency Department, and then the process is continued with a specialized cooling apparatus in our intensive care unit.


Diagnostic Tests and Procedures

NWH performs standard and state-of-the-art diagnostic procedures to evaluate cardiovascular function and to identify structural abnormalities, including blockages or heart valve malformations. These procedures include, among others:

Echocardiography – a noninvasive test that uses sound waves to form a picture of the heart in motion. This allows evaluation of the function of the heart muscle and the heart valves.

Electrocardiogram (EKG) – this noninvasive test records the electrical activity of the heart through electrodes placed on the arms, legs and chest. The EKG provides information about heart rhythm and also may give evidence of whether or not a person has had a previous heart attack or is experiencing an on-going heart attack.

Exercise Testing – sometimes referred to as a Treadmill Test, the exercise test is used to evaluate how the heart responds to the stress of exercise. This is accomplished by having the patient walk on a treadmill while the EKG is recorded.

Nuclear Cardiology – these noninvasive techniques measure the blood flow and function of the heart at rest and during stress. Similar to a routine exercise test, a nuclear stress test produces images in addition to EKG readings. During the test, a radioactive substance is injected into your bloodstream that travels to your heart. A special camera or scanner that detects the radioactive material in your heart then creates images of your heart muscle. Inadequate blood flow to any part of your heart will show up as a light spot on the images due to a lack of radioactive substance.

NWH has two outpatient nuclear cardiology sites:

Northern Westchester Hospital
400 East Main Street
2nd Floor
Mount Kisco, NY 10549

Cardiac Imaging Services of Northern Westchester
2013 Crompond Road
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

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Interventional Procedures

Our highly trained, board-certified physicians also perform advanced interventional cardiovascular procedures, including:

Carotid Endarterectomy – this surgery removes harmful plaque from the inner lining of the carotid arteries. The carotid arteries are located on each side of the neck and extend from the aorta in the chest to the base of the skull. They supply the brain with blood and oxygen; however, if plaque and other fatty materials block an artery it stops the blood flow and can lead to a stroke.

Carotid Stenting – an alternative treatment for the removal of plaque in patients who are unable to undergo a carotid endarterectomy, in this procedure a vascular surgeon inserts a slender, metal-mesh tube (stent) that expands inside the carotid artery. The stent holds the artery open by holding back the flattened plaque, which increases blood flow in previously blocked areas.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repairs
For a referral to a vascular surgeon call the NWH Physician Referral Service 1.877.4.NWH.DOC.

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Detection and Monitoring

The early detection and monitoring of cardiac conditions is made possible with our advanced technology, including:

64-slice high-speed CT – the fastest, most advanced technology available for producing detailed, three-dimensional images of any organ. The 64-slice scan is particularly adept at depicting the arteries of the heart—a scan can show narrowed areas of the blood vessels (stenosis) as well as early disease by distinguishing between hard and soft plaque in the arteries.

A new Telemetry System – the ApexPro® FH from GE Healthcare allows us to remotely provide continuous heart monitoring for patients throughout the entire Hospital.

The new GE MUSE – a fully-digital, wireless system that transmits and stores a patient’s EKG data for immediate retrieval. Utilizing secure web technology, a patient’s EKG data is transformed into a virtual electronic patient record available for physician review. Physicians are able to see this data in real-time from any computer in the Hospital or from their home or office, which leads to a quicker cardiac interpretation and diagnosis.

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Education and Prevention

Awareness and education are tremendous tools in preventing many health problems, particularly heart disease. NWH attempts to help people live healthier lives through specially designed health education and wellness programming, including: screenings in the community for cholesterol, blood pressure and vascular disease; stroke assessments; smoking cessation programs; and public education seminars with NWH physicians.

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