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Once your heart condition is determined through a series of medical exams and applicable diagnostic testing, your doctor will then prescribe a customized treatment program for you.
With their years of experience, our doctors and nursing staff are empathetic to what patients and their families are going through. They take the time to personally discuss the diagnosis and treatment using non-technical terms that are easily understood and answer all questions in a calm and reassuring manner.
Many patients will be prescribed medications and lifestyle modifications, some may need only a minimally-invasive medical procedure, and others will require surgery and ongoing monitoring. Whatever the situation, your doctor will prescribe an individual treatment plan that factors in your personal medical history, diet, and everyday routine.
It’s amazing what a change in diet, exercise, or stress level can do to improve, and even prevent, heart disease. Modifications such as giving up smoking, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels, eating healthy foods, and regular exercise will help anyone who wants to improve their cardiovascular health, and are often prescribed in addition to medication and surgery.
If lifestyle changes aren’t enough, your doctor may use medications to improve your heart health. Often, these drugs work in tandem and are prescribed in combination. For example, blood-thinning drugs such as aspirin or Coumadin can be used with ACE inhibitors that improve the heart’s pumping ability and vasodilators that open up blood vessels. Likewise, your doctor may prescribe medications (statins) that lower cholesterol to prevent the formation of artery-clogging plaque, or diuretics (“water pills”) that get rid of excess fluid and make it easier for your heart to pump.
Often, heart blockages can be cleared through minimally-invasive procedures such as cardiac catheterization, in which a long thin tube or “catheter” is inserted in the neck, arm, or groin and threaded through to access and open up the blockage. Popular cardiac catheterization procedures include Balloon Angioplasty, Stent Placement, Ablation, and Thrombectomy.
Patients with more serious heart disease will require surgery such as a coronary bypass, aortic valve repair and aortic valve replacement, or the insertion of a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) in the chest to automatically monitor and correct abnormal heart rhythms.
Our affiliation with New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center provides access to the skilled surgeons, vast resources, and advanced technology of one of the nation’s top heart care hospitals. We also have referral privileges with Nyack Hospital and Good Samaritan for patients who prefer localized care here in the Hudson Valley.