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About Us

Comprehensive Service Line

The Cayuga Heart Institute touches every aspect of your care from the moment you arrive at Cayuga Medical Center until the time you are discharged. Whether you are admitted with an acute heart attack requiring emergency percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), come to us for an outpatient surgical procedure such as pacemaker implantation, or require outpatient testing, the care you receive is focused specifically on cardiac health.

The Cardiac Heart Institute is a hospitalwide multidisciplinary team of health professionals linking Admissions, the Emergency Department, the Cardiac Catheterization Team, Intensive Cardiac Care Unit, Inpatient Telemetry, Outpatient Testing, the Laboratory, Imaging Services, Nutrition and Dining, the Cayuga Center for Healthy Living, Cardiovascular Rehabilitation, and our Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers. Working together, we provide a comprehensive network of cardiac care.

The Newest Facilities and Technology

Cayuga Medical Center has been providing cardiac services for forty years and has more than a decade of experience in invasive cardiac care. Based on our successful track record, our cardiac services program received approval from the NYS Department of Health to offer percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). To prepare for this lifesaving new service, in 2010 we completed a major renovation and expansion of the Cardiac Catheterization Suite with the very newest technology in use today. We initiated PCI in 2010 and have served many heart attack patients locally who previously would have been transferred.

Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI

We take care of thousands of chest pain patients every year. By going through this rigorous national accreditation process, the Cayuga Heart Institute has verified that the care we provide to chest pain patients is of the highest quality. Certification as an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI gives our patients confidence in the level of skill and teamwork of our doctors, nurses, laboratory and imaging technologists, and our local EMS personnel.

National Cardiac Data Registry

The National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR) ® is one of the most comprehensive quality improvement programs in the country. NCDR tracks all data from the time a cardiac patient first enters a hospital's care system and includes information on each patient's symptoms, EKG and other test results, diagnosis, medications, additional chronic and acute illnesses (co-morbidities), and the specific medications and treatment provided to the patient in the hospital. NCDR and other mandated and voluntary registries provide state and national statistics on cardiac care trends, patient outcomes, and mortality. The information improves patient care by helping hospitals and doctors evaluate new equipment (such as coronary stents) and treatment methods. This enables us to refine our care accordingly to meet the highest current treatment standards.

Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC)

Certification by IAC is a very stringent process. IAC is the only accreditation board for echocardiography in the country and this certification confirms the high quality of our echocardiography capabilities. Cardiologists make critical decisions based on the anatomical and physiological information garnered from echocardiograms. The sonographers on staff at the Cayuga Heart Institute are highly experienced and use excellent technique, which is extremely important in the realm of cardiac care.

ACR Accredited Nuclear Cardiology

The Nuclear Medicine Department at Cayuga Medical Center is certified in Nuclear Cardiology by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Nuclear imaging is used to evaluate the function and anatomy of the heart while it is working and is a very important diagnostic test. ARC certification indicates that our nuclear cardiology services meet the highest standards of care.

American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

The Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Cayuga Center for Healthy Living (CCHL) has received program certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

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