Cardio Services

A person can have an underlying cardiovascular disease and may not know it until symptoms appear. If you think you’re experiencing warning signs of heart attack, stroke, heart failure or arrhythmia, Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett can help. We offer a comprehensive range of cardiovascular services, including diagnostics, vascular disease screening, evidence-based treatments and vascular surgery using minimally invasive techniques to treat various cardiovascular diseases.

Comprehensive Cardiovascular Disease Care in Bartlett

At Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett, we provide resources to help you stay on top of your heart health. We’re here for you and are ready to help you connect with doctors and health professionals who can provide the high-quality and safe care you deserve.

Our team uses tests, such as the ankle-brachial index (ABI) ultrasound, as part of a comprehensive vascular disease screening. In the case of positive screening, our experienced vein and vascular doctors will provide the appropriate treatment, including lifestyle, medical and surgical options.

What Are Cardiovascular Services?

The circulatory or cardiovascular system carries and delivers oxygen, nutrients, hormones and other essential substances to cells and organs in the body and removes waste products, like carbon dioxide. The cardiovascular system includes the heart, blood and blood vessels (arteries and veins).

Cardiovascular services include the prevention, diagnosis and management of diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels, such as:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Coronary artery disease, including angina and heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Heart valve problems
  • High blood pressure and high cholesterol
  • Irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmia)
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Stroke

The team of healthcare providers involved in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases may include:

  • Cardiologists – doctors who diagnose, assess and treat various diseases that affect the cardiovascular system. They also promote heart-healthy habits and disease prevention.
  • Vascular surgeons – doctors who have received further training in blood vessel surgery
  • Cardiac surgeons – doctors who have trained in performing surgery on the heart
  • Primary care doctors
  • Nurse practitioners or physician assistants
  • Nutritionists and dietitians
  • Nurses with special training in managing patients with cardiovascular disease

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What Is a Vascular Ultrasound Procedure?

Ultrasound imaging or sonography is a safe and painless noninvasive medical test that uses sound waves to produce pictures of the structures and activities inside your body in detail.

Physicians use vascular ultrasounds to help identify blockages and abnormalities like plaque or emboli in the arteries and veins and detect blood clots in the major veins of the legs or arms. Other purposes of vascular ultrasounds include:

  • Help monitor the blood flow to organs and tissue throughout the body
  • Determine whether a patient is a good candidate for a procedure, such as an angioplasty
  • Evaluate the success of procedures that graft or bypass blood vessels
  • Determine if there is an enlarged artery or aneurysm
  • Evaluate varicose veins

A Doppler ultrasound study, which evaluates blood flow through a blood vessel, is usually part of a vascular ultrasound examination.

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How Is a Vascular Ultrasound Performed?

In most ultrasound imaging procedures, the technologist will ask you to lie face-up on an exam table. You may be asked to turn to either side of your body to improve the quality of the images. The technologist will then apply a clear water-based gel to the part of the body being examined.

The gel helps eliminate air pockets between the transducer and the skin that can block the sound waves from passing into your body. The technologist will sweep the device in various locations within the area under examination to help produce detailed images. A transducer is a hand-held device that sends and receives ultrasound signals.

Once the imaging is complete, the technologist will wipe off the excess ultrasound gel from your skin. You should be able to return to your normal activities immediately after the procedure. A vascular ultrasound usually takes 30 to 45 minutes. Complex examinations may take longer.

What Is Vein Mapping?

Vein mapping is a noninvasive imaging procedure performed on the saphenous vein before an operation, such as coronary artery bypass grafting. The great saphenous vein is a large venous blood vessel that runs along the inside surface of the leg from the ankle to the groin. It delivers blood from the ankle, lower leg and thigh to the femoral vein, the main deep vein for the leg.

Cardiovascular Services Offered:

Ultrasound procedures

  • Upper and lower extremity vein mapping
  • Venous duplex ultrasound
  • Abdominal aorta ultrasound
  • Carotid ultrasound
  • Abdominal and pelvic ultrasound
  • Ankle-brachial index ultrasound

Additional procedures

  • Venous laser ablation
  • Sclerotherapy and venous injections

Insurances Accepted and Payment Plan Options

Part of putting your heart health first means making important healthcare decisions. When you come to us for cardiovascular care, Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett will provide you with all the information you need upfront, including financial obligations.

We have dedicated staff available to address your insurance and billing questions, including helping you make financial arrangements that fit your budget for your peace of mind. Visit our pricing information and estimates page to help you understand your costs and options for a treatment or procedure. To learn more about our extended payment plans, watch this video or call 833-850-5053.

Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett accepts various insurance plans and offers flexible payment plans for most treatments and procedures. Check out our list of partner insurance providers here for more information about insurance plans or benefits in our facilities. Please contact your insurance carrier directly if you have specific questions about your covered services and benefits.

Find a Cardiovascular Doctor

If you’re at risk for developing cardiovascular disease or have been diagnosed with a heart or vascular condition, we’re here with professional and compassionate care. Let your first step to better cardiovascular health start at Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett. We have a dedicated cardiovascular care team and staff to help you navigate your heart journey.

Take charge of your heart health today. Now is an excellent time to see a vascular doctor at Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett. Call 866-929-6863 or find a heart doctor here near your location.

If it is an emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

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