Cardiovascular Services

Prevention & Diagnosis

Cardiovascular disease is America's number one killer. But in many cases, it can be diagnosed and treated before symptoms occur. Iredell is proactive in the fight against cardiovascular disease by offering health screenings and programs throughout the year.

Good health is the foundation of happiness. That's why Iredell is committed to promoting wellness in our community. We actively promote good nutrition, exercise and healthy lifestyles through screenings, educational programs and support groups.

  • Cardiac Rehab
  • Fresh Start (smoking cessation)
  • Medically Supervised Exercise Therapy
  • Nutrition Education
  • Exercise Programs
  • Screenings - it is important to know your cholesterol numbers. Diet, exercise and family history play a part in your cholesterol.
  • Diagnosis

The SOMATOM Sensation 64, manufactured by Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc., is the world's first CT scanner able to take 192 images of the heart per second. This non-invasive, virtually pain-free procedure offers exceptional image quality, which can mean better diagnosis, faster recovery time and increased patient comfort and convenience.

The 64-slice Computed Tomography (CT) scanner was first available at Iredell Memorial Hospital in 2007. The 64-slice CT offers the fastest, more accurate diagnoses than machines that allow less slices. It creates very clear, detailed images of the body that will help determine the best treatment options for patients.

The 64-slice CT has an open design which is more comfortable for patients. It also requires patients to hold their breath for a shorter period of time, so the amount of x-ray exposure to the patient is minimal. The 64-slice with heart scanning capabilities reqires a patient to hold their breath for nine seconds whereas the previous 16o-slice CT required 17 seconds.

Services of the Heart Station help your physician diagnose and treat conditions that may affect the functions of your heart. Cardiac stress testing and electrocardiograms (EKG) are provided to inpatients and outpatients. Electroencephalograms (EEG) which analyze electrical activity in the brain are also performed, as are exams using a color Doppler unit for the evaluation of cardiopulmonary function.

In addition, echocardiography enables your physician to evaluate the valves and internal structures of the heart. This procedure can also be used to evaluate blood flow patterns within the heart when using Doppler ultrasound.

Outpatients are seen by appointment.

At the Heart Station, the technologist performs the exam and a physician interprets the exam.