Cardiologists are closely involved in our outpatient diagnostic services, employing both noninvasive and invasive techniques. When inpatient care is necessary, White Plains Hospital has an eight-bed Coronary Care Unit (CCU) staffed by cardiologists, pulmonary intensivists and critical-care-trained registered nurses, as well as a Cardiac Step-Down Unit. Our widely respected cardiologists provide much of the direct care and all of the oversight for patients in this specialty area.
When a patient experiences unexplained chest pain with symptoms such as shortness of breath; dizziness; fainting; or rapid, irregular heartbeats, the cardiologists at White Plains Hospital use a variety of noninvasive cardiac monitoring procedures to determine the cause of the problem. These tests provide a wealth of information to evaluate the heart's electrical activity, measure the thickness of the walls of the heart chambers, help determine how well medications are working and provide other important data on the functioning of the cardiovascular system. They include:
- Signal average EKG
- Cardiac event recorder
- Holter monitoring
- Tilt table exam
A cat scan (CT or Computed tomography) is an x-ray procedure that uses a computer to produce a detailed, cross-sectional image of the heart. White Plains Hospital cardiologists work with the most up-to-date cardiovascular imaging technology with 64-slice computed tomography that produces a rapid and undistorted image. This advanced technology provides physicians with a three-dimensional view of the anatomical structure of the patient’s heart, offering, in some cases, an alternative to cardiac catheterization.
The state-of-the-art digital echocardiography lab at White Plains Hospital is accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories in a number of procedures, including:
- Transesophageal echo
- Stress echo
- Definity echo
The Hospital is able to collect and store all echocardiographic images and data as an electronic file, making it more efficient and timely for physicians to obtain reports and view images over a Picture and Archiving Communications System (PACS). With the PACS system, physicians are able to immediately view the images whether they are on or off-site.