Our services

A department of Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, Novant Health Cardiology – Kimel Park Annex cares for patients with chronic heart conditions that can affect the heart as well as the circulatory system. Our providers use advanced tools to investigate the health of your heart and create a treatment plan that works for you.

General cardiology services

  • Medical prescriptions
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Fitness counseling
  • Heart health screenings
  • Cardiovascular checkups
  • Referrals to heart specialists and rehabilitation programs anagement 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
  • Rehabilitation services after a cardiac episode (including exercise, psycho-social and nutritional assessments)

On-site diagnostic tests

Because the first step in getting the care you need is receiving a correct diagnosis, we offer the following diagnostic tests in our clinic:

  • 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)
  • Lipid/cholesterol assessment (a test to measure cholesterol and lipids in the blood to detect a disorder or see if a medication is working)

Additional services

Your care team can provide the following services at Novant Health locations nearby.

Diagnostic procedures

The following are performed by our cardiologists at our main clinic across the street.

  • Exercise treadmill testing (looks for blockages or signs of heart disease while a patient exercises on a treadmill)
  • Nuclear stress imaging (monitoring of heart rhythm functions before, during and after exercise; an isotope is injected into the bloodstream and special cameras are used to track the isotope as it circulates)
  • Cardiac echocardiogram (uses sound waves to evaluate the structure and function of the heart)
  • Stress echocardiogram (uses sound waves to examine the heart before, after and sometimes during physical activity)
  • Ankle brachial index ( measures blood pressure at the ankle and the arm)
  • Pulse volume recording, or PVR (studies blood flow in the arms and legs and looks for signs of arterial disease)
  • Segmental limb pressure ( uses blood pressure waves to study blood circulation in arm and leg arteries)
  • Carotid ultrasounds ( uses sound waves to examine blood flow in the carotid arteries, which can detect problems in the blood supply to the brain)
  • Abdominal aorta ultrasound ( examines the abdominal aorta and associated blood vessels)
  • Extracranial cerebrovascular ultrasound (uses sound waves to check for blocked or narrowed carotid arteries)
  • Peripheral venous upper/lower extremities ( examines blood flow to the arms and legs)
  • Visceral vascular studies (including renal artery duplex and mesenteric artery duplex studies; examine blood flow to organs such as the kidneys or digestive system)
  • Aneurysm evaluation (use ultrasounds, X-rays or CT scans to examine weaknesses in artery walls)

These diagnostic procedures are performed at Forsyth Medical Center, 2.5 miles north of our clinic.

  • Transesophageal echocardiogram (a test using sound waves to evaluate heart function through the esophagus)
  • Electrophysiology studies (tests to examine the electrical impulses of the heart; can include tilt-table studies, syncope evaluations and radiofrequency ablations to address arrhythmias)

Non-surgical procedures

Our interventional cardiologists perform the following procedures at Forsyth Medical Center:

  • 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)
  • Patent foramen ovale (PFO) repair (a catheter with a device is inserted through the leg vein up to the heart, where the device is left to close a hole in the heart.
  • Atrial septal defect (ASD) repair (closing of a hole in the wall between the two chambers of the atria that can cause abnormal blood flow).

Electrophysiologists based at our main office complete the following procedures at Forsyth Medical Center.

  • Pacemaker placement
  • Internal cardiac defibrillator (ICD) placement
  • Electrophysiological studies (miscellaneous studies used to assess the electrical activity of your heart)
  • Electrophysiological ablations (using a catheter to deliver energy pulses to the heart that can correct an abnormal heart rhythm)
  • Left atrial appendage closure (using a catheter to deliver a device that seals off this part of the heart to prevent blood clots that can cause a stroke)