Cardiologists in Middle Tennessee
At TriStar Medical Group, our cardiologists design customized, comprehensive care plans for a wide range of cardiac conditions. Whether you need advanced care for heart disease or a minimally invasive procedure, we provide high-quality treatment to restore your heart function and improve your heart health.
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Heart attack prevention
In many cases, heart diseases, including heart attacks, can be prevented. Many times, it can be prevented simply by changing your diet and activity levels. At TriStar Medical Group, our cardiac care specialists design customized care plans best suited for you and your condition. If you have a leading risk factor for a heart attack and need a lifestyle change or need to be put on medication, we are committed to helping you lower your chances of having a heart attack.
Chest pain treatment
Your cardiologist can determine the cause of your chest pain through diagnostic tests, such as cardiac catheterization, an electrocardiogram (ECG) or a chest X-ray. If your chest pain is caused by a blocked area in your heart, your cardiologist may recommend lifestyle changes and medications, such as nitrates, calcium channel blockers or beta-blockers to increase blood flow. Lifestyle changes including weight loss, exercise, a healthy diet and smoking cessation can help significantly reduce your chest pain.
If you're still experiencing extreme chest pain, you may require a procedure to relieve the pain. Our doctors will work with you to determine the most effective treatment to alleviate your pain and restore your heart health.
Heart attack care
Heart attacks are caused by blood clots or narrowing of blood vessels carrying blood to the heart. Quick action is required to remove the blockage or reopen the blood vessel so blood flow is restored to the heart. In the event of a heart attack, we're connected to the TriStar Health family of hospitals to provide quick access to treatment in an emergency.
Symptoms of a heart attack can include:
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Feeling weak, lightheaded or faint
- Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck or back
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms or shoulders
- Shortness of breath
For women, heart attack symptoms can show up much differently. While chest pain or discomfort is the most common symptom for both men and women, women often experience shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting or back and jaw pain as well.
If you're experiencing signs of heart attack, call 911 immediately.
We use advanced technology and techniques to provide complete vascular care. We work collaboratively with a specialized team of cardiologists, vascular and cardiac surgeons, cardiovascular anesthesiologists, nurses and technicians to provide treatment for vascular diseases and disorders.
Heart arrhythmia care
If you have a heart arrhythmia, you could require a cardiac device to monitor and regulate your irregular heart rhythm. We use state-of-the-art pacemakers and implanted cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) to adjust the heart rhythm and help the heart work correctly. If your primary care doctor detects a heart murmur or you're experiencing symptoms of a heart rhythm disorder, our team offers access to specialists in electrophysiology (EP) for testing and diagnosis.
Heart screening and imaging
To ensure you receive the proper heart care treatment, our technologists perform a wide range of heart screening and imaging exams. Whether you need a computed tomography (CT) scan or nuclear stress testing, we use state-of-the-art technology to help diagnose your condition.
If your doctor suspects you have a blockage in the coronary arteries that feed your heart muscle, cardiac catheterization may be suggested. Cardiac catheterization is useful in studying conditions such as birth abnormalities or valvular abnormalities.
For this test, a catheter (small tube) is inserted into an artery in your groin or arm and guided to your heart. Once there, it is placed into each of the main coronary arteries, and dye is injected to sell how well your heart “pumps.” The doctor studies each artery and decides the best form of treatment for your condition.
If you have been diagnosed with heart failure or at risk for developing it, our expert cardiologists can help determine the best course of treatment for you. We offer a variety of treatment methods, including heart surgery and heart failure medications.
Heart and vascular surgery
Our experienced surgeons perform a wide range of heart and vascular procedures. We offer surgical options for patients with heart valve issues and blocked or narrowed arteries. In many cases, we can perform minimally invasive procedures, which shorten recovery times and reduce trauma to the body. Our team focuses on determining the best course of treatment for each patient's optimal health, opting for the least invasive option when possible.
Minimally invasive cardiac treatment
Depending on your heart condition, open surgery may not always be necessary. TriStar Medical Group offers patients access to minimally invasive treatment options, such as:
- Anticoagulation therapy: We are able to prescribe blood-thinning medication, such as warfarin, to prevent heart attacks, strokes and blood clots in veins, arteries and lungs. It's important to consult your doctor about what your lifestyle looks like on this type of medication.
- Balloon angioplasty: Balloon angioplasty, known as percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA), is a procedure used to open narrowed coronary arteries.
- Coronary angioplasty: Coronary angioplasty is performed to open a blocked artery. This minimally invasive procedure uses a tiny balloon that is quickly inflated and deflated to create pressure to clear the blockage.
- Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI): This is a minimally invasive procedure that restores blood flow to the heart. This procedure can quickly improve symptoms of fatigue and shortness of breath because it allows your heart to get the proper supply of oxygen-rich blood.
Cardiac rehab is designed for patients who are recovering from a cardiac event, such as a heart attack or heart surgery. Our qualified nurses, physiologists and registered dietitians work with you to create a comprehensive plan based on your individual needs.
Inpatient cardiac rehabilitation
Inpatient cardiac rehab begins while you are still in the hospital. Our team meets with you prior to hospital discharge to assess the needs of your recovery program. Before discharge, we work with you to improve strength, mobility and endurance. We also develop an individualized recovery program and focus on early risk factor modification.
Outpatient cardiac rehabilitation
Outpatient cardiac rehab begins after discharge. Patients are seen on an outpatient basis, typically attending one-hour sessions, three times per week for up to 12 weeks. Sessions include monitored exercise and education in a supportive environment.
All exercises are medically supervised with continuous monitoring of the heart rate and rhythm. Exercises include but are not limited to stationary bicycle ergometry, treadmill ambulation and strengthening and flexibility activities.
The Maintenance Program
The Maintenance Program of cardiac rehab provides qualified personnel to answer questions and assist with exercise instruction, but the program is less structured. The goal of this phase is to help you permanently maintain good habits and a healthy lifestyle.