Heart Care

Advanced heart care from treatment to prevention

JFK Heart Care

At JFK Memorial Hospital we offer:

  • A comprehensive heart program with a range of heart and vascular services
  • Some of the most advanced diagnostics and intervention treatments available
  • An experienced team of cardiologists, interventional radiologists, technicians and cardiac nurses
  • Advanced emergency services delivered by professionals trained in first-hour heart care

A program designed around your heart health

At JFK , our goal is to help you and your family live longer, healthier lives. Early detection and screening for heart disease risk factors combined with prompt, sophisticated treatment can make a life-saving difference. As part of our comprehensive heart health program, we offer:

  • Electrocardiography (EKG)
  • Holter monitoring (ambulatory electrocardiogram)
  • Echocardiography
  • Exercise stress testing
  • Stress echocardiography
  • Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE)
  • Nuclear cardiology, including wall motion studies and treadmill and stress testing
  • Angiography
  • Radiologic intervention procedures

Protecting yourself against heart disease and vascular disorders

Strokes and heart attacks don’t usually announce themselves with obvious symptoms. “Silent stalkers” often precede them. Half the deaths in the United States are caused by a “vascular accident.” You can protect yourself against vascular disease by having a screening.

Due to a variety of factors such as high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol levels, diabetes, a history of smoking and hereditary factors, fatty deposits — or plaque — may gradually build up inside arteries. This process is known as atherosclerosis and can affect any artery in the body. When it significantly affects the coronary arteries, a heart attack can occur.

Risk factors for vascular and heart disease

  • Family history of heart attack and/or heart disease
  • Diagnosis of high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • High blood cholesterol levels
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Diabetes
  • Stress
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • Prior heart attack or stroke

Helping you reduce your risk

Although you can’t do anything about certain factors such as age, gender and heredity, you can control others and reduce your risk or slow the progress of heart disease.

Diagnostic screenings and medical checkups can help to determine if you have, or are at-risk for, the medical conditions that can cause stroke or heart attack. Once a diagnosis is made, follow your physician’s advice. Among the ways to reduce your risk:

  • Control your blood pressure
  • Lower your blood cholesterol level
  • Stop smoking, or don’t start
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Control your weight
  • Exercise
  • Eat foods that are low in fat and cholesterol
  • Eat less salt