Cardiology Care at Group Health Medical Centers
Cardiologists say the surest path to a healthy heart is prevention: eating sensibly, exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, and quitting smoking. But for ailing hearts, Group Health offers care ranging from powerful diagnostic exams to interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, and endovascular surgery.
Group Health offers all the typical diagnostic tests for heart disease, including treadmill testing, echocardiography, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, CT scans, and MRIs. If heart disease is found, treatment might include lifestyle changes, medications or both. And when needed, our skilled cardiologists can perform a variety of minimally invasive procedures, often averting the need for open heart surgery.
Group Health cardiologists were among the first in the Northwest to perform catheter ablations for atrial fibrillation (irregular and often rapid heart rate), a procedure today aided by three-dimensional mapping systems. Group Health physicians also pioneered an electrophysiological technique for failing heart muscles. And among the approaches to heart catheterization used by cardiologists at Group Health to check for blockage is the new transradial technique, which places a catheter at the wrist rather than the leg vessel, promoting less bleeding and quicker recuperation.
At Group Health, the message from our cardiologists is clear: Our hearts are in this.
Our Cardiology Specialists
If you live outside the service area of our medical centers, use our Provider Directory to find cardiologists near you. If you need help finding a specialist or have questions about your health plan's coverage, contact Customer Service.
Care Locations and Appointments
Our cardiology specialists see patients at the following Group Health medical centers:
Streamlined and Coordinated Care
"Outside of Group Health, a patient with a blockage in the leg from vascular disease might talk to a cardiologist first, then a nephrology doc, and finally go to a vascular surgeon. All three might provide different plans. At Group Health, instead of having three opinions from three specialists, we all meet to decide what's best for that patient, together."
Dr. Lee Amsler, cardiologist
Health & Wellness Resources
Our Heart Disease resource center has articles about prevention, risk factors, symptoms and screenings, and living with heart disease. Classes and videos also are available.
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