Heart & Vascular Services
Appalachian Regional Healthcare System continues to raise the bar for heart and vascular (cardiac) care in the High Country. Our comprehensive program features an array of services including The Heart & Vascular Center, a state-of-the-art interventional and cardiac catheterization lab, cardiac diagnostic testing, and cardiac rehabilitation programs. Thanks to our expert team of cardiology providers, our cutting edge technology, and procedural capability, the majority of our patients may stay close to home for their heart and vascular (cardiac) health needs.
Watauga Medical Center (WMC) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and achieved advanced certification for Chest Pain. In addition, the WMC and Cannon Memorial Hospital Echocardiography Labs are certified by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission in Echocardiography (ICAEL) for heart (cardiac) imaging excellence.
WMC is also designated a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.
Diagnostics & Testing
- Cardiology Consultations
- Diagnostic Catheterizations
- Transradial Catheterizations
- Exercise Stress Testing
- Nuclear Stress Tests
- 128-slice CT Technology
- Sleep Center
- Vascular Ultrasound
- Coronary Pressure Wire
- Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS)
- Vascular Angiography
- Heart Failure Services
Interventional Cardiology & Devices
- Afib Monitors
- Heart Monitors
- Implantable Monitors
- Coronary Stents
- Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators and Pacemakers
- Coronary Angioplasty
- Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Treatment
- Peripheral Vascular Stenting
- Peripheral Vascular Angioplasty
- Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI)
- Varicose Veins
- Vascular Surgery
- Chronic Disease Wellness
- Nutritional Counseling
Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- Physician Supervised Rehabilitation Program (phases 1 and 2)
- Cardiac Rehabilitation (phase 3)
- Peripheral Arterial Disease Rehabilitation
- Coronary Risk Factor Assessment & Modification
- Nutritional Evaluation
- Coping Skills Evaluation
- Medical History Review
- Fall Risk Assessment
Could you be at risk for vascular disease? Find out the risk factors and symptoms along with the vascular services offered in the High Country. Read More: Could you be at risk for vascular disease?
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One in twenty American adults has peripheral arterial disease, or PAD, a narrowing of the blood vessels caused by cholesterol plaque buildup. Learn about the risk, diagnosis and treatment. Read More: Peripheral Arterial Disease: An under-recognized, slow-burning emergency
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Read More: Show Your Heart Some Love: 3 ways to prevent heart disease
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Read More: 4 Things You Should Know About Your Pacemaker
Atrial Fibrillation is a common condition where the heart beats irregularly and causes inefficient blood flow. Whether your doctor recently discussed your symptoms and diagnosis with you or you suspect you may have this arrhythmia, here are five things you may not be aware of when it comes to AFib and how it can affect you.
Read More: 5 Things You May Not Know about AFib
Interventional cardiology services, including angioplasty and stenting, are performed at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System Cardiac Catheterization/Electrophysiology Laboratory. Read More: Interventional Cardiology / Cardiac Catheterization
Heart failure is a condition in which your heart becomes too weak to pump blood as effectively as it should. It may come on suddenly, after a heart attack for example, or it may develop slowly as you age or in response to a variety of diseases and conditions, especially high blood pressure. Read More: Heart Failure
Appalachian Regional Healthcare System introduced to the High Country the first electrophysiology program to provide leading edge, exceptional care for persons with cardiac arrhythmias and the need for pacemaker and defibrillator implantation and management. Read More: Electrophysiology
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