Heart Care & Treatment
If you are looking for comprehensive heart care close to home, you will find it at the Rutland Heart Center. Our experienced and caring team of board-certified cardiologists offers expert treatment and management of common and complex heart conditions.
From treatment to ongoing management, our cardiologists provide comprehensive, patient-centered care. Our services and programs include:
If you are suffering from a heart condition, our board-certified cardiologists will provide the care you need. In addition to offering advanced diagnostic and treatment services, we also provide expert follow-up care and ongoing management of common and complex conditions.
Heart Failure Program
If you or a loved one is suffering from congestive heart failure (CHF) our cardiologists and staff will coordinate your care with other medical providers to improve your quality of life and help you stay out of the hospital.
Cardiac Catheterization Lab
Our cardiac catheterization lab is a specialized procedure area where we use the latest technology to perform advanced diagnostic testing. Our board-certified cardiologists perform a range of procedures in the catheterization lab, including diagnostic coronary angiograms and cardiac catheterizations.
What happens during a cardiac catheterization?
- You may be given medicine to relax you, but you will stay awake.
- You go to the hospital’s heart catheterization laboratory (“cath lab”).
- You lie on a table near a camera and other equipment.
- Your doctor numbs a spot on your groin or arm and inserts a thin tube (catheter) into an artery and up to the heart.
- Special fluid goes through the catheter so arteries show up well on the X-ray.
- X-rays are taken as the fluid goes through the artery.
- You may be asked to hold your breath or cough.
- By studying the X-ray images, the doctor can see any problems with your coronary arteries.
- If you wish, you can see the X-ray pictures on the screen during or after the test.
Anticoagulation therapy involves the use of medications, sometimes called “blood thinners,” to prevent blood clots. If you are taking warfarin (Coumadin®) to prevent blood clots, our Anticoagulation Clinic will help you safely, effectively and conveniently manage your medication.
At our clinic, specially trained pharmacists will work with you to ensure that your medication dosage is safe and effective. Our pharmacists provide a range of services, including:
- Supervising your anticoagulation treatment
- Monitoring side effects
- Educating you about warfarin treatment
- Screening and counseling for possible interactions with food or other medications
- Reviewing your treatment plan to prevent problems that may occur during a procedure, such as dental work or surgery
- Reviewing and updating your medication list
- Refilling your prescriptions as needed
- Answering any questions you or your caregivers may have about your anticoagulation therapy
Pacemaker Implementation and Monitoring
A pacemaker is a small electronic device that is implanted under the skin in your chest to help regulate arrhythmias, or abnormal heartbeats. Our cardiologists are experienced at pacemaker implantation and offer routine pacemaker monitoring services to ensure that your device is functioning properly.
If you require cardiac surgery or a specialized procedure to treat your cardiac condition, your Rutland Heart Center cardiologist will be with you every step of the way. Our cardiologists partner with cardiovascular specialists at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and The University of Vermont Medical Center to ensure a seamless transition for Rutland Heart Center patients requiring surgery or specialized care.
All Rutland Heart Center patients who receive cardiac care at one of our partner hospitals will be personally guided through the process by one of our expert cardiologists. After your procedure is complete, our cardiologists will provide convenient follow-up care, allowing you to complete your recovery close to home so you can return to your daily routines more quickly.