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Cardiology Services at Sharon Hospital

Effective treatment of cardiovascular disease begins with complete and accurate diagnosis. At Sharon Hospital, our team is trained to diagnose cardiovascular problems through a full range of noninvasive cardiology procedures.

We provide a full range of noninvasive cardiac testing, preventative cardiology and rehabilitative services. Our team of board certified cardiologists and internists, specially trained cardiovascular nurses, registered sonographers, exercise physiologists, and support personnel share a commitment to personalized care.

To register, make, or change an appointment, please call 860.364.4237 between 7:30am-4pm Monday-Friday.

Noninvasive cardiology services include: Routine and Nuclear Stress Testing

    • Cardiac Stress Test Preparation:
      • All of our tests are performed with a doctor present. We offer the following tests:
        • Routine treadmill
          • Do not eat or drink for 4 hours prior to your test. You will need to wear comfortable shoes and clothing to walk on the treadmill. Several electrodes will be placed on your chest. These electrodes are attached to an EKG machine that allows the doctor to monitor your heart rate and rhythm while you exercise. Expect to exercise  for about 1o minutes. Test time is approximately 45 minutes.
        • Sestamibi (Nuclear) Treadmill
          • This is a two-day test coordinated with Nuclear Medicine.
          • Day 1 – Nothing to eat of drink four hours prior to your test. You will need to wear comfortable shoes and clothing to walk the treadmill. Several electrodes will be placed on your chest and an IV line will be placed in your arm. These electrodes are attached to an EKG machine that allows the doctor to monitor your heart rate and rhythm while you exercise. Through the IV, you will receive an injection of sestamibi, the nuclear medicine imaging agent. Expect to exercise  for about 6-10 minutes. When the exercise portion is complete, you will be unhooked from the EKG machine. Soon after, you will be scanned in Nuclear Medicine for about 20 minutes. Total test time is approximately 2-2 1/2 hours.
          • Day 2 – Do not eat or drink for 4 hours prior to your test. You will need to report directly to The Radiology Department where you will receive an injection of sestamibi, the nuclear imaging agent, and will wait one hour. After the hour, you will be scanned for 20 minutes. Total test time is approximately 2 hours.
        • Sestamibi (Nuclear) Lexiscan
        • Day 1– Nothing to eat or drink for 4 hours and NO CAFFEINE for 12 hours prior. Instead of walking on the treadmill, you will lie down on a stretcher and receive an injection of Lexiscan that will give you the same effect as exercising. You will be monitored by an EKG machine the same way as mentioned in the above test. You will need to wait 1 hour and then return to Radiology for your scan. The test time will also be the same.
        • Day 2 – Nothing to eat or drink four hours prior to your test. You will need to report directly to radiology where you will receive an injection of sestamibi, the nuclear imaging agent, and wait 1 hour. After the hour, you will be scanned for approximately 20 minutes. Total test time is 2 hours.
        • The first two tests invoke exercising on a treadmill and the third test substitutes medication with the treadmill to stimulate the same effect as exercising. Only your doctor can decide which test is best for you. Below are some specific instructions and information about each test. Please note that Day 1 and Day 2 should be completed within 1 week of each other.
        • Ask your doctor ordering the stress test, whether you should take your daily medications the morning of the tests.
        • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time to register in cardiology and pay your co-pay.
  • Echocardiography including contrast and stress echocardiography.
  • TEE – Transesophageal Echocardiography
  • EKG – Electrocardiography
  • Holter Monitoring & Event Monitoring
  • Tilt Table Testing
  • Ambulatory Blood Pressure

Cardiac Rehabilitation

The Cardiac Rehabilitation program provides structured rehabilitation services for individuals who have had a cardiac event. The program includes exercise programs monitored by on-site nurses, and physicians. The program also offers classes and individual education on aspects of recovery such as nutrition and lifestyle.

Resources on Heart Disease

American Heart Association