Heart and Vascular
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Your heart has a big job to do and to make sure it’s doing its job well, turn to the exceptional heart and vascular team at Meritas Health Cardiology. You get a partner in collaborative, comprehensive cardiovascular care.
Cardiologists — doctors who diagnose and treat conditions of the heart — have extensive education and training in understanding the intricacies of your cardiovascular health. Meritas Health cardiologists work with clinical teams at North Kansas City Hospital to ensure you have the complete heart and vascular care you need.
Heart Screening and Diagnosis
You and your cardiologist have access to a wide range of advanced diagnostic tests and technologies, including:
- Cardiac calcium scan electrocardiography
- Diagnostic electrocardiograms (ECG or EKG)
- Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE)
- Stress echocardiography
- 3-D echocardiography
- Intercardiac echocardiography
- Holter and event monitoring
Cardiac Catheterization and Intervention
If you’re at risk for heart disease or have had a heart attack, your doctor may recommend cardiac catheterization for a coronary angiogram or angioplasty.
During an angiogram, your doctor guides a thin tube, called a catheter, through your arteries to your heart, and then sends special dye through the tube so your arteries will show up well on an X-ray. The procedure helps your doctor detect blockages and other problems.
During an angioplasty, your doctor uses a catheter with a tiny, expandable balloon on the end to open narrowed arteries to improve blood flow.
Heart Treatment and Care
Your advanced heart care options at Meritas Health Cardiology include:
If you take medication for your heart, you’ll benefit from our anticoagulation clinic, which monitors and manages your medication to prevent blood clots. Your heart care is in good hands with our specialists and certified staff.
Vascular Treatment and Care
Trust your vascular care in the hands of experienced doctors offering services, such as:
Million Hearts: Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services selected Meritas Health Cardiology as one of three local healthcare providers to participate in its national Million Hearts Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model. The goal of Million Hearts is to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke for millions of Medicare patients. Overall, nearly 20,000 healthcare providers and more than 3.3 million Medicare patients will participate in the five-year model, which runs January 2017-December 2022. For more information, call Meritas Health Cardiology at 816.221.6750.