On “The K&J Show” today we’re headed to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake… and if you come in the main entrance and make your way past the lobby to the left, you’ll find the cardiology department down the hallway on the right… It’s actually centrally located between three connecting hallways in the center of the action at the main entrance. The Cardiology Department is where we begin our look at the heart, heart health and preventing heart disease.. We’re speaking today with the Director of Cardiology at Adirondack Health, Dr. Anthony Tramontano, F.A.C.C. Prior to his appointment he was assistant clinical professor at the University of Vermont and provided cardiology care at Canton-Potsdam Hospital and Fletcher Allen Health Center. A native of New York City, Dr. Tramontano received his medical training at St. George’s University School of Medicine, SUNY Downstate, Winthrop University Hospital and New York University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and board certified in internal medicine with subspecialty certification in cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology and echocardiography.
The Heart Center at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake offers the latest innovations in cardiac care and clinical therapies. Seeing patients with common heart problems, such as chest pain, arterial disease, valve disease, rhythm disorders and heart failure. The Heart Center’s primary mission is to deliver high-quality, cardiovascular care to all patients in the hospital and outpatient setting.
The following is a list of the comprehensive techniques available at AMC for diagnosing and treating heart disease.
Electrocardiography (ECG or EKG)
An ECG or EKG can determine if the heart is beating normally, detect heart disease or find problems with the electrical functions of the heart.
Holter Monitoring/Event Recording
A Holter Monitor is a machine that will record your heart rhythms for 24 hours or more. The monitor is worn continuously throughout the day and night, and can help physicians determine if there is a problem with the heart that that a regular EKG is unable to detect.
An echocardiography creates various images of the heart and heart structure, and can measure cardiac output, detect abnormalities and infections of the heart valves.
Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE)
The TEE is a type of echo test used to create high-quality moving images of the heart and blood vessels by guiding a slender transducer positioned on the end of an endoscope into the esophagus through the patients throat.
Movement of the left ventricle, the major pumping chamber of the heart, can reveal symptoms and signs of heart disease during a stress echocardiography. Patients with coronary artery blockages may have minimal or no symptoms during rest. However, those symptoms and signs may be unmasked by exposing the heart to stress during medically supervised exercise, either physical or through the use of medications.
ECG and Exercise
The patient exercises on a treadmill in a medically supervised setting with progressive increases in the speed and elevation of the treadmill while the patient’s electrocardiogram (ECG), heart rate, heart rhythm, and blood pressure are continuously monitored.
Nuclear Stress Testing
A nuclear stress test measures blood flow to your heart muscle both at rest and during stress on the heart. It’s performed similarly to a routine exercise stress test, but provides images that can show areas of low blood flow through the heart and areas of damaged heart muscle.
Heart Rhythm Disorders
We offer our patients a range of treatment options for cardiac arrhythmias, including medication and cardioversion, which is performed to restore a normal heart rhythm for people with atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter.
The Heart Center at Adirondack Medical Center;
2233 State Route 86, Saranac Lake, NY 12983, Phone: (518) 897-2388