Cardiovascular disease, also known as heart disease, is the top cause of death in the United States. Men and women are at equal risk for heart attack and stroke with one in five adults suffering some complication from the condition.
At the Grace Health System Cardiology Center, we believe early diagnosis and treatment to prevent heart disease is the key to cutting your risk of a heart attack and stroke. When you visit the Cardiology Center, your doctor will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your health and potential risk factors. Our interventional cardiology specialists will work with you to prepare, communicate and educate you on the best treatment plan for you.
Your physician will do an initial Heart Health Assessment that will document your medical and family history, results of laboratory tests, diet, exercise and personal habits to identify your risk factors for heart attack and stroke. Your physician will also look for additional evidence of heart disease such as chest pain, shortness of breath, swelling in your hands or feet, and cramping in the legs, and will check your pulse oximetry to make sure you’re receiving enough oxygen through the blood.
Your doctor may order other simple, non-invasive laboratory tests to check your blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels and to determine the presence of inflammation in your arteries, and there are many other non-invasive or minimally invasive procedures your doctor may prescribe to help diagnose and treat your individual cardiovascular issues.
You may also receive a Cardiac Stress Test, which helps your physician evaluate your heart and vascular system during exercise and diagnose the potential presence of coronary artery disease. Other, more advanced evaluations can be used to provide an enhanced look at your heart’s function during exercise to find areas of reduced blood flow, and possible blockage as needed.
Additional, advanced testing using our 64-slice CT scanner, may be conducted at the Grace Health System Imaging Center to check for presence of plaque in the arteries, which can be a strong indicator of artery disease, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI, provides physicians with a high-resolution look at the often-overlooked, small peripheral arteries in the legs and kidneys.
Results from imaging studies are achieved relatively quickly, and can signal the need for more in depth evaluation of heart related issues.
No matter what is needed, the Cardiology Center at Grace Health System can provide and coordinate all the evaluations and testing you’ll need to discover potential risks for heart-related issues and guide your individual treatment to help you better avoid the complications of a heart attack and stroke."
The Orthopedic Center at Grace Health System is committed to bringing you relief for painful ailments affecting your shoulder, hand, hip or knee. Our staff works together and within their specialty area to treat abnormalities and restore quality of life for our patients.
Many people may think orthopedic problems are just for athletes or our grandparents. The truth is everyone is at risk. Whether it’s your wrist pain from carpal tunnel syndrome to a torn meniscus in your knee– our highly-experienced team can evaluate your condition, and explain the problem in terms that you don’t need a medical dictionary to understand. Your doctor will give you treatment options depending on the cause of your pain. The solution may be as simple as specialized exercises, medication or minor surgery.
As part of your evaluation, your doctor will order tests at the Grace Health System Imaging Center so he can get a closer look at the problem. Our advanced center includes traditional x-rays, as well as MRI and CT scanners. Our CT scanner takes pictures in 3D, allowing your physician to see exactly the problem, and if surgery is needed or not.
Other tests may include arthroscopic surgery, which is usually done in an outpatient setting. This involves inserting a small camera inside the problem area to give your doctor a better look at the issue.
Fear of major surgery shouldn’t keep you from getting help. In most cases, your doctor will work with you to develop the best line of treatment for your condition. This may include working with the Pain Management Center, Chiropractic Care Center, as well as Physical Therapy. Despite this, though, surgery may be required if your injury is severe, and involves complete tears of the muscle or tendon."
Living with pain is not living. Dealing with unrelenting pain can have devastating effects on quality of life and lead to a number of life-disrupting issues, including lack of mobility, relationship problems, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, weight loss or gain, and even addiction.
The knowledgeable specialists and staff of the Pain Management Center at Grace Health System are committed to working with you and your primary care physician to find the source of your pain, and determining the best means of bringing you lasting relief.
This starts with a thorough examination and historical analysis to find the root cause of the underlying causes and issues of pain. This in-depth interview will give pain management specialists an opportunity to evaluate any and all underlying factors that may be contributing to or aggravating pain.
Your doctor will talk with you about a possible diagnosis, and will schedule you for a series of tests with other specialists designed to meet your needs. This may include getting an imaging study like a CT scan, MRI, xray, ultrasound, an electromyography (EMG) or nerveconduction study. These studies are used to diagnose injuries or diseases affecting the muscles and nerves.
All information gathered by Grace’s lab and imaging professionals is reported back to the interventional pain specialists, who will then consult with you and your family about the best course of treatment.
During this consultation, the various treatment options available will be discussed and your specialist will recommend what is best for you. Since the root causes of pain are different for everyone, we don’t take a “one-size-fits-all” approach to pain management. Everyone’s circumstances are different so Pain Management Center providers take time to make a thorough, comprehensive diagnosis then they individualize each person’s treatment plan to achieve best outcomes.
One of the most common treatment modalities for management is a pain or nerve block. Different types of blocks are available based on the nature, location or root cause of pain. Pain management specialists may elect to inject cortisone or another steroid at selected locations along the spine to alleviate pain in what’s called an Epidural Steroid Injection. Blocks are often used to treat pain that spreads from the lower back to the hips and down the leg.
Your doctor may recommend an infusion pump. Pumps allow patients to manage their pain by administering a controlled amount of medication as needed.
Another option for those who want to minimize medication use or find medications not to be effective is electrical nerve stimulation. This procedure involves implanting a device that sends electrical pulses to the nerves in the spine. The resulting electrical stimulation interferes with or counteracts the nerve impulses that cause pain.
Besides use of painkillers and devices, there are alternative ways to manage chronic pain including stress-management techniques, like self-talk, hypnosis and meditation. Your doctor may also prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines also known as NSAIDS, to help you manage pain.
Some types of pain can be caused by mental or emotional issues unrelated to physical deformities. Your pain specialist may investigate and discuss psychological therapy as part of your treatment, which can also be helpful for managing emotional issues caused by long-term chronic pain.
Finally, if these non-invasive therapies don’t prove effective to lessen pain, Pain Management Center specialists may recommend a surgical procedure. Depending on the source and type of pain, there are very effective surgical options available to treat and manage the root causes of pain.
The Pain Management Center also refers patients to our Chiropractic Care Center and the on-site Grace Compounding Pharmacy is available to fill pain management specialists’ prescriptions for medications."
In these times of confusing health insurance requirements, you can depend on the doctors at the Primary Care Center at Grace Health System. Our team of Family Medicine physicians strives to help make sure you and your family are healthy and happy.
During your examination, your doctor will spend enough time with you to get the details of how you or your child is feeling. They’ll also be there long enough for you to ask as many questions as you need. This is a good time to ask about immunizations, sleep habits, conditions, new medications, diet and exercise, or simply questions about aging (osteoporosis, dementia, heart health). Your doctor will answer your questions thoroughly in terms that you can understand.
Your primary care doctor is often your first line of defense when it comes to diagnosing a more serious illness or condition. If something more serious is suspected, he or she can refer you to a Grace specialist for further examination and treatment. This specialist will then give updates to your primary care doctor.
No one likes going to the doctor, but the physicians and staff at the Primary Care Center are here to meet yours and your family’s needs."