Welcome to HeartSouth

HeartSouth’s team of cardiologists is here to provide the best in diagnostic testing and outpatient services.

NEW! HeartSouth now has a heart attack prevention clinic! Too often the first symptom of heart disease is a heart attack or sudden death.  Early detection of atherosclerosis can save your life. Call 601-296-3156 for an appointment today!

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Services provided at HeartSouth’s Diagnostic Testing Facility

Nuclear Imaging

Nuclear Imaging is used in the evaluation of individuals with chest pain and other symptoms caused by physical exertion and in the follow-up of patients treated for hardening of the arteries with such procedures as balloon angioplasty, coronary stent, or bypass surgery. During nuclear imaging small amounts of a radioactive tracer are used along with a specialized camera and computer to provide precise pictures of the heart and arteries that can detect blockages of the arteries.

Echocardiogram and Doppler

Echocardiography is a procedure that uses ultrasound waves to create images of the heart. Sonar waves are directed through the heart via a probe placed on the chest. Reflected sound waves are harnessed to produce heart images. The images are analyzed to assess how the heart functions as a pump, the integrity of the heart valves, and assess the overall anatomy and function of the heart.

Holter Monitoring

Holter monitoring is a diagnostic tool to record heart rhythm and rate information that is later analyzed for arrhythmias and other abnormalities.

Anticoagulation Clinic

Our Anticoagulation Clinic offers safe and effective treatment to patients on anticoagulation medications. The Anticoagulation Clinic is designed to systematically assess the level of anticoagulation and promptly adjust the dose of blood thinners.
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Pacemaker Clinic

Our Pacemaker Clinic was established to provide appropriate follow up after the completion of pacemaker and ICD implantation.

DNA Testing

DNA Testing

Nerve Conduction Studies

Nerve conduction studies are used mainly for evaluation of paresthesias (numbness, tingling, burning) and/or weakness of the arms and legs. The type of study required is dependent in part by the symptoms presented. A physical exam and thorough history also help to direct the investigation. Some of the common disorders that can be diagnosed by nerve conduction studies are:

 



Services provided at Wesley Medical Center Cardiac Catheterization Lab

Here our Cardiologists are able to perform a variety of interventional procedures. These procedures are non surgical procedures used to open blockages in the heart, other blood vessels in the body and to diagnose as well as correct disorders of the heart that lead to abnormal rhythms.

Cardiac Catheterization

PTCA (Pecutanenous Coronary Stenting)

Permanent Pacemakers

Atherectomy

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)

Tilt Table Study

TEE (Transesophageal Echocardiography)

Cardiac Catheterization

This is a diagnostic procedure and is completed by gently inserting a catheter into the blood vessels that feed the heart. Several injections of x-ray dye are made into the arteries allowing doctors to see heart blockages. Pressure measurements also are taken inside the heart to further evaluate the heart chambers and valves.

PTCA

Also known as PTCA or balloon angioplasty, this interventional procedure involves inserting a balloon-tipped catheter into a blocked heart artery. The balloon is then inflated and deflated to compress the blockage of plaque and increase the blood flow.

Coronary Stenting

A stent is a small metal coil, or mesh tube that is inserted into the narrowed artery with a balloon catheter. When the balloon tip is inflated, the stent expands to the size of the artery and holds it open.

Permanent Pacemakers

A procedure that involves the implantation of an electronic device that helps the heart maintain regular beats.

Atherectomy

This is a technique that is used to remove plaque from a blocked heart artery.

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), is a device that can help control the heart's rhythm, speed and pattern. An ICD is a small electronic device that is placed permanently inside the body. Like a pacemaker, it constantly monitors the heart rhythm. Most importantly, it has the ability to stop a dangerous arrhythmia.

Tilt Table Study

The tilt table study is designed to evaluate the function of the patient’s blood pressure sensors and ability to maintain a normal blood pressure. During this simple examination the patient is standing up, strapped to a table at 80 degrees. Vital signs and electrocardiogram are constantly monitored. This study is used in the evaluation of dizziness and fainting spells.

TEE (Transesophageal Echocardiography)

The Transesophageal Echocardiography uses ultrasound waves to produce images that will allow the cardiologist to see small detailed structures and vessels within the heart. These images are obtained by, placing the tube into the patient’s mouth and passing it into the esophagus. A TEE is used to evaluate the effectiveness of medical or surgical treatments and frequently used in the evaluation of strokes and TIA's to assess for the presence of small clots within the heart chambers and major arteries.