The UPMC Chautauqua WCA Heart Center combines the clinical care of our physicians, nurses, and healthcare support team with cardiac monitoring and heart technology for the diagnosis, treatment and recovery of heart (cardiovascular) disease and related disorders. We focus on prevention as well as emergency care, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, support, and education.
Directory of Services
- Cardiac Rehabilitation
- Phase I - Inpatient education
- Phase II - Outpatient
- Monitored supervised exercise
- Phase III - Outpatient
- Supervised exercise
- Cardiac Catheterization
- Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
- Trans-esophageal ECHO
- Emergency Care
- Exercise Stress Tests
- Holter Monitor
- Medical Helicopter (Starflight)
- Nuclear Stress Tests
- Pediatric Cardiology Clinic
- Stress ECHO
- Tilt Table
- Wellness and Prevention
Why Choose UPMC Chautauqua WCA?
- Personalized treatment
- Caring and compassionate staff
- Cardiac monitoring and heart technology
- Convenient and close to home
- Emergency Care to Cardiac Rehabilitation Care
- On-going communication with your primary care doctor
- Affiliation with major heart surgery centers
- Community Wellness Program
- Accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
- Approved by the New York State Department of Health
Our Team of Professionals
- Board Certified Cardiologists
- Board Certified Radiologists
- Critical Care Nurses
- Experienced Cardiology Nurses
- Certified Adult and Pediatric ECHO Technologists
- Certified Radiology Technicians
- Wellness Specialists
Our comprehensive program offers the education, exercise prescription and support needed for recovery from a heart attack or heart disorder.
Our team teaches participants about stress management, nutrition, exercise, smoking cessation, medication therapy and coronary artery disease. Our goal is to promote a healthy lifestyle and prevent further heart disease.
This is a diagnostic procedure in which a long thin tube called a catheter is placed in a blood vessel and then guided to the heart. A contrast media or "dye" is injected through the catheter and x-rays are taken to evaluate the coronary arteries, heart valves and heart muscle function. This procedure is not a surgery.
Radial Access Catheterization can be performed on most patients who need a cardiac catheterization, and may reduce recovery time compared to femoral (groin) approach. Instead of going through the femoral artery in the groin, specially trained cardiologist, James Cirbus, M.D., board-certified cardiologist, is able to perform cardiac catheterization from the radial artery in the wrist.
- Minimal bleeding and faster recovery time.
- Often a more comfortable procedure than the femoral approach.
- Patient can sit upright immediately and regain mobility sooner.
- Most patients are discharged sooner than the femoral approach.
An ECHO uses sound waves to create a picture of the heart. The picture is similar to an x-ray image. However, there is no exposure to radiation.
A physician can examine the heart valves and determine how well they function as well as determine if there are other heart abnormalities.
This test uses radioactive tracers to identify and outline heart chambers and evaluate the circulation to the heart muscle. It is noninvasive and valuable in the detection of heart disease.
A radioactive isotope (tracer) is injected into the vein. The tracer attaches to red blood cells and passes through the heart via circulation. Special cameras or scanners trace the isotope. Pictures are taken before and after exercise to determine any differences in the blood flow to the heart muscle. For patients who have difficulty walking, medication is used to simulate the heart's response to exercise.