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Cardiology


HRH’s inpatient cardiology program provides specialty services for patients experiencing heart conditions such as Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS). Acute coronary syndrome is a general term used to describe any condition that causes a sudden decrease in blood flow to the heart causing chest pain while at rest or with light physical activity. ACS is most frequently diagnosed in the emergency room or while in the hospital.


We work collaboratively with our partners at the Sunnybrook Schulich Heart Centre to treat patients who require a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedure which opens clogged heart vessels and restores blood flow.


The procedure is done at Sunnybrook, then patients return to the HRH cardiology inpatient unit within 4 to 24 hours for further monitoring before they can go home. We provide patient education to help them understand how to manage their heart disease through medications and lifestyles changes. The cardiac nurse clinician follows-up with patients after being discharged from the hospital.

 

When admitted to the cardiology unit, we also provide interventions and services for patients with congestive heart failure (CHF), and a too fast or too slow irregular heart rhythm. Inpatient telemetry monitoring allows us to see a patient’s heart rhythm through a portable and remote access allowing the patient to walk and move about the unit independently when capable.

 

Our inter-disciplinary Team is comprised of: physicians, nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians, social workers, rehabilitation assistants, and spiritual care.


Our inpatient cardiology units are located on the 7th floor, use the central elevators.

416 242-1000 ext. 40750 (east) ext. 40700 (west)

 

Cardiology Clinic


Humber River Hospital’s Cardiology outpatient diagnostic services provides many invasive and non-invasive tests to determine how well your heart is working. These tests use images and data to diagnose heart diseases, see the effects caused by a heart attack, and monitor how chronic heart patients are doing.


The Cardiology Clinic diagnostic services include:

  • Electrocardiograph (ECG) – the process of recording the electrical activity of the heart over a period of time using electrodes placed on a patient's body.
  • 2D, 3D and Doppler Echocardiography ‘Echo’ studies – an ultrasound of the heart and shows how strongly a person's heart muscle is moving as well as how the blood flows through the heart and valves.
  • Stress and Dobutamine Echocardiography – a diagnostic procedure to assess a patient’s heart function while under stress. The patient may walk on a treadmill, peddle a bike, or be given medication while an Echocardiogram is being performed.
  • Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) – provides more detailed pictures from behind the patient’s heart.
  • Holter monitoring – To confirm if a patient has irregular heart rhythms, they would wear a monitor for 24 or 48 hours during routine activities to gather data for a treatment decision.
  • Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring – Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring (ABP) measures a patient’s blood pressure at regular intervals over a 24 hour period.
  • Cardiac stress tests – This test determines if a person's heart is receiving enough blood and oxygen during exercise. Patients exercise by walking on a treadmill while the heartbeat and blood pressure are measured.
  • Nuclear cardiology testing – This special type of exercise test involves injecting a small amount of radioactive material into the patient’s veins which allows the physician to visualize the flow of blood to the heart muscle. For more information, further details may be found in Medical Imaging.
  • Pacemaker follow-up clinic – For our patients with a pacemaker or an implantable cardioversion-defibrillator (ICD), ongoing monitoring is an essential part of care. Our cardiologists are able to carefully follow your progress through regularly scheduled visits to our clinic.
  • Congestive Heart Function Clinic (CHF) – Provides intervention and education to patients with heart failure. The team consists of a cardiologist, nurse practitioner, dietician, social worker, physiotherapist and pharmacist whose goal is to improve patient quality of life through treatment, education and support.

Multidisciplinary Services include:

  • Individual and group education to help individuals manage their chronic condition
  • Medication titration
  • Ongoing diagnostic testing to assess progress and make referrals to tertiary centres for interventions
  • Optional individual counseling with dietary, pharmacy, physiotherapy & social work support services


Referral by a Physician is required, and can be faxed to 416-242-1067
Located on the 1st floor, Portal B in the Portals of Care on the south side of the building. The East Parkade is the closest parking lot.
Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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