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Cardiology

Focusing on Heart Health in Sanilac County

Our cardiology program at McKenzie Health System focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of heart conditions and diseases. Our board-certified cardiologists are experts in the heart and cardiovascular system. These providers are skilled in all aspects of heart health and perform a wide variety of procedures such as interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, and other procedures. If heart surgery is recommended, our cardiac surgeons use the least invasive approach possible and prescribe follow-up cardiopulmonary rehabilitation so you can get back to your everyday life as quickly and safely as possible.

What Do Cardiologists Do?

Cardiologists use numerous tests to check for heart disease. Making an accurate diagnosis is crucial, because it dictates the patient’s treatment to effectively manage their condition. Some tests are noninvasive, while others are more so, depending on the condition you have.

Cardiologists diagnose and treat heart conditions like:

  • Arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat)
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart valve defects
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • And many others

Protecting your heart health is vital, especially because heart disease is the number one killer of men and women worldwide. Not only is heart disease very common, it’s known as the “silent killer,” because many do not realize they have a heart condition until they experience a serious cardiac event like a heart attack, cardiac arrest, or stroke. If you suspect you could have heart disease because you have symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath, make an appointment with your primary care provider as soon as possible. If there is a problem, they can refer you to a cardiologist. Even if your primary care provider does not diagnose a particular problem at your appointment, it’s important to establish a baseline in your medical history, should something occur later.