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
- Fit for Life (medically supervised exercise therapy)
- Fresh Start (smoking cessation)
- Nutrition Education
- Exercise Programs
- Screenings - it is important to know your cholesterol numbers. Diet, exercise
and family history play a part in your cholesterol.
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 requires 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.