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A department of Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, Novant Health Cardiology – Kernersville cares for adult patients needing care for chronic heart conditions or acute cardiac issues. Our providers are dedicated to providing remarkable cardiact care, starting with using advanced tools to investigate your concern and then by developing a treatment plan unique to your health needs and lifestyle.

Before your care team can put together your personalized treatment plan, they need as accurate a picture as possible of your current health. Some diagnostic tools your provider has access to include:

  • Electrocardiogram (EKG; a test using electrodes to measure the electrical signals that control the rhythm of the heart)
  • Holter and arrhythmia event monitoring (tests using portable devices to monitor heart function during daily activities through electrodes stuck onto the chest)
  • Exercise treadmill testing (a test to look for blockages or signs of heart disease while a patient exercises on a treadmill)
  • Cardiac echocardiogram (a painless exam which uses sound waves to evaluate the structure and function of the heart)
  • Stress echocardiogram (a test which uses sound waves to examine the heart before, after and sometimes during physical activity)
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram (a test using sound waves to evaluate heart function through the esophagus) (available at Novant Health Kernersville Medical Center)
  • Lipid/cholesterol assessment (a test to measure cholesterol and lipids in the blood to detect a disorder or see if a medication is working)
  • Ankle brachial index (a test to measure blood pressure at the ankle and the arm)
  • Pulse volume recording (PVR; a test to study blood flow in the arms and legs, and to look for signs of arterial disease)
  • Segmental limb pressure (a test using blood pressure waves to study blood circulation in arm and leg arteries)
  • Carotid ultrasounds (a test using sound waves to examine blood flow in the carotid arteries, which can detect problems in the blood supply to the brain)
  • Abdominal aorta ultrasound (a test to examine the abdominal aorta and associated blood vessels)
  • Extracranial cerebrovascular peripheral ultrasound (a test using sound waves to examine blood flow in the arms and legs)
  • Peripheral venous upper/lower extremities (a test to examine blood flow to the arms and legs)
  • Visceral vascular studies (including renal artery duplex and mesenteric artery duplex studies; tests to examine blood flow to organs such as the kidneys or digestive system)
  • Aneurysm evaluation (the use of ultrasounds, X-rays or CT scans to examine weaknesses in artery walls)

Preventive interventions can help you avoid future heart or vein troubles. Our providers complete interventions including:

  • Cardiac catheterization (a procedure involving the insertion of a thin tube into an artery in an arm or leg; this can be used to detect or address blockages)
  • Balloon angioplasty/ percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PCTA) (a procedure in which a balloon tool is used to push artery-clogging plaque against artery walls to make more room for blood flow)

Should you need a cardiac surgery procedure, you can receive care from a team of providers you know and trust. Cardiac surgery procedures are performed at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center. Our providers regularly complete:

  • Pacemaker placement
  • Internal cardiac defibrillator (ICD) placement
  • Patent foramen ovale (PFO) repair
  • Atrial septal defect (ASD) repair

Other services offered by our clinic include:

  • Pacemaker and ICD clinics (to check on the function of those devices)
  • Management of care for congestive heart failure and abnormal heart rhythms
  • Advanced cholesterol and lipid management
  • Coordination with the heart failure program at Novant Health Forsyth Heart and Wellness
  • Access to rehabilitation services after a cardiac episode (including exercise, psycho-social and nutritional assessments)