Heart disease is the single leading cause of death in Alabama, and accounts for one in every four deaths across the U.S. The most common form of cardiovascular disease is heart disease, which claims more than 25 percent of deaths in the state, compared to a national rate of approximately 19 percent. That’s why when you need heart care, Cullman Regional’s team of experts stand ready to help.

Cardiology Clinic

For more than 25 years, the Cardiovascular Services department has strived to provide the latest and most comprehensive technology available for faster and more accurate diagnosis, treatment and results. Our cardiologists, interventional cardiologists and vascular surgeons have the knowledge and expertise to treat a full range of heart and vascular conditions. Our nurses and techs are also highly skilled, receiving training at well-known hospitals and facilities including UAB, UAB Highlands, Trinity Medical Center, St. Vincent’s and Princeton.

Our Services and Procedures

Cullman Regional provides a full range of diagnostic cardiovascular exams, diagnostic and interventional cardiology, and diagnostic and interventional peripheral vascular radiology. Non-invasive procedures utilize ultrasonic sound waves and test for different types of heart conditions and vascular abnormalities. Working with the Cullman Regional Diagnostic Imaging and Nuclear Medicine staff, we evaluate various known or suspected cardiac conditions with tests to examine the heart at work and at rest.


Non-Invasive Procedures
  • Echocardiogram
  • Carotid Doppler Study
  • Venous Doppler Study
  • Arterial Studies
  • Abdominal/Renal Doppler Study
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome Testing

Invasive Procedures
  • Cardiac Catheterization (angiography)
  • Trans-Esophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)
  • Exercise Stress Test

Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology Procedures
  • Arterial Line Placement
  • Coronary Angioplasty
  • Coronary Stent Placement
  • Intra Aortic Balloon Insertion
  • Heart Catheterization
  • Left Ventriculogram
  • Temporary Pacemaker Placement
  • Loop Recorder Insertion and Removal
  • Permanent Pacemaker Placement
  • Swan Ganz Placement

Conditions and Diseases Covered
  • Adult Acquired Heart Disease
  • Adult Congenital Heart
  • Arrhythmia
  • Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib)
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • General Cardiology
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Women’s Heart Disease

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U.S. News Best Hospitals 2016-17 Award Badge and Best Hospitals for Common Care 2016-17

Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care Chest Pain Accreditation

Frequently Asked Questions

Non-Invasive Procedures


What preparation is involved for abdominal/renal Doppler studies?

Do not eat or drink anything after midnight. Take your usual medications with only a sip of water.


What preparation is involved for an Exercise Stress Test?

Do not eat or drink anything after midnight. Take your usual medications with only a sip of water. Do not consume any form of caffeine, including chocolate, 24 hours prior to your procedure.


When will I know the results of my Exercise Stress Test?

The physician will discuss the results with you immediately following the procedure. The radiologist will review your nuclear medicine images and provide a report to your physician within a few days.


Trans-Esophageal Echocardiogram


Will I be sedated for my Trans-Esophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)?

Yes, you will be given medication to make you drowsy. You will not be aware of the specifics of the procedure.


When will I know the results of my Trans-Esophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)?

The physician interprets your study and will discuss findings with your family immediately following the procedure.

Cardiac Catheterization


What do I need to do to prepare for the procedure?

Do not eat or drink anything after midnight. Take your usual medications with only a sip of water.


How long does a cardiac cath procedure take?

You should expect to be in the lab approximately 45 to 60 minutes (one hour). The procedure itself takes an average of 10 to 15 minutes. The pre- and post-procedure process is another 15 minutes, approximately.


What happens during the procedure?

You are moved to the catheterization table and connected to EKG and blood pressure monitors. The staff cleans and shaves both sides of your groin area. When your physician arrives, he/she will inject a local anesthetic into the skin, usually in the groin area, to numb the area. A puncture is then made into your femoral artery (in your groin), and the physician inserts a catheter (a long, narrow, flexible tube) through your artery and positions it near the heart under x-ray guidance.

A cardiac catheterization provides essential information about all aspects of the heart. It is most frequently used to identify blockages in the arteries that feed the heart. Once the procedure is completed, the small tube is removed from your leg/groin and pressure is held at the site for approximately 10 to 15 minutes.


Will I be asleep?

No. The doctor may choose to give you medication to make you drowsy, but he/she will want to talk to you and make sure you are comfortable throughout the procedure.


What happens if I have blockages?

Your physician will discuss your individual case and care with you immediately after the procedure. If blockages are found, he/she may advise that you have coronary angioplasty, stent placement or open-heart surgery.

  • Coronary Angioplasty: A procedure using a balloon-tipped catheter to open the blockage of an artery and improve blood flow to the heart. It is performed in the same fashion as a cardiac catheterization.
  • Coronary Stenting: Placement of a catheter-tipped wire mesh device to add support to a vessel after performance of coronary angioplasty.
  • Open-Heart Surgery: The most common type of heart surgery for adults is coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). During CABG, surgeons use healthy arteries or veins taken from another part of the body to bypass (that is, go around) blocked arteries. CABG relieves chest pain and reduces the risk of heart attack.

How long do I have to lie flat after the cath procedure is complete?

Usually 4 to 6 hours.


How long after my cath until I can eat/drink?

Unless your doctor decides otherwise, you may eat/drink when the procedure is complete and you are back in your hospital room. You may turn your head from side to side to eat/drink, but may not lift it off of your pillow while you are lying flat. You may ask a nurse or family member to help you.


What happens when I go home?

Click here for complete instructions on patient care following your cath procedure.


When can I go back to regular activities and work?

Unless otherwise directed by your physician, you may resume regular activities in three days.


What should I do if I think I am having a heart attack?

If you think you are having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately. Emergency medical services are better equipped to handle active heart attacks.


If I am diagnosed with Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), what are my treatment options?

Many heart conditions can be treated without surgery. Today’s treatments for heart disease include new medications and non-surgical procedures such as balloon angioplasty, atherectomy and stents. Heart patients can also greatly improve their health by making positive lifestyle changes.


What can I do to prevent heart disease?

Educating yourself about the risk factors for heart disease is the first step in preventing it. Whether you need to make lifestyle changes or be aware of hereditary traits that predispose you to the disease, arm yourself with information to take charge of your heart health. Research shows that Americans can lower their risk of heart disease by as much as 82 percent by leading a heart-healthy lifestyle.

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have created an information sheet entitled “How Can I Make My Lifestyle Healthier?” Click here to visit the American Heart Association or the American Stroke Association online. It’s never too late to make better choices for your health. All you need is a goal, a plan and the desire to live better.

Also visit the AHA’s website, My Life Check and the Simple Seven. Simple tools help you know where you stand on your road to good health. No one achieves heart health by accident. Practice these seven steps to live a heart-healthy life.

Hours


Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for scheduled procedures
On call for emergency procedures 24-hours a day, seven days

Location


First floor, main hospital

1912 AL Highway 157

Cullman, AL 35058

Contact


Telephone: (256) 737-2700