Cayuga Heart Institute

Comprehensive Service Line

The Cayuga Heart Institute participates in every aspect of your cardiaccare 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 hospital wide 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.


If you suffer from circulatory, breathing, or sleep problems, excellent help is here.

When you require tests or therapy, there’s no need to add a long car ride to the discomfort of your ailment. Just ask your doctor to refer you to Schuyler Hospital. We offer professional care that’s more personal and compassionate than you’ll find elsewhere. A low patient/therapist ratio allows our staff to take their time with you and treat you more like a friend than a patient.

There’s no compromise on quality. All of our technicians and therapists are fully credentialed, licensed practitioners in their specialties. We’ve been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by the American Association of Respiratory Care, placing us in the top 10 percent in the country since 2003.

Pulmonary Function Testing

Helping you to Breathe Easy

To diagnose coughing and breathing problems caused by bronchitis, asthma, asbestosis, chronic smoking, and other reasons, Schuyler Hospital offers comprehensive pulmonary function testing services.

Pulmonary function tests evaluate how much air your lungs can hold, how quickly you can move air in and out of your lungs, and how well your lungs add oxygen to the blood and remove carbon dioxide from the blood.

Diagnostic procedures include:

• Spirometry for inhalation and expiratory volumes
• Gas diffusion efficiency
• Blood gas level testing
• Oxygen saturation testing
• Bronchodilation flow rate testing

Respiratory Therapy

Helping you to Breathe Easy

Schuyler Hospital’s licensed and credentialed respiratory therapists evaluate and treat all types of patients, ranging from premature infants whose lungs are not fully developed to elderly people whose lungs are diseased. Respiratory therapists provide temporary relief to patients with chronic asthma or emphysema, as well as emergency care to patients who are victims of a heart attack, stroke, drowning, or shock.

We have 24-hour-a-day, seven- day-a-week coverage for inpatient and emergency services. Hours for scheduled outpatient procedures are also available.

Some of the conditions treated include:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Emphysema
  • Respiratory distress syndrome
  • Respiratory failure

As part of the treatment for respiratory disorders, your doctor may order various procedures. These are available through our Respiratory Therapy Department.

Therapeutic services include:

  • Ambulatory oxygen administration
  • Chest physiotherapy
  • Incentive spirometry
  • Inhaler bronchodialation
  • Nebulizer bronchodialation
  • Positive-pressure breathing
  • Pulmonary drainage
  • Ventilator therapy (acute care, CPAP, BIPAP)

Asthma Management Programs

Because living with asthma has become more common, especially for children, Schuyler Hospital’s Respiratory Therapy Department also offers a full Asthma Management Program. We help patients and their families cope with chronic breathing problems, so they can lead lives that are closer to normal.

We offer a full range of services including:

  • Drug therapy effectiveness evaluations
  • Individualized asthma action plans
  • Self-monitoring programs
  • Patient/family training

Sleep Studies

Sleep is essential to your good health. However, too much sleep, too little sleep, or falling asleep at the wrong time may be a symptom of a serious health problem. Under the direction of a Board Certified Sleep Physician, we evaluate patients for a complete range of sleep disorders.

Sleep disorders include:

  • Insomnia
  • Narcolepsy
  • Sleep apnea and heavy snoring
  • Irregular sleep patterns
  • Other sleep disorders (recurring nightmares, sleepwalking,sleep-talking, or teeth grinding)

Services offered HERE by Cayuga Heart Institute, include (not as many as you have listed – Under Cardiac Tests and Screening – Our cardiac care specialists provide a complete range of outpatient diagnostic and screening tests, (ADD) some of which are offered at Schuyler, and others that need to be conducted at Cayuga Medical Center.

  • Follow-ups after heart surgery
  • Inpatient consultations
  • Evaluation and treatment of: cardiac arrhythmia, coronary artery
    disease, congestive heart failure, and vascular heart disease.
    Dizzy spells, shortness of breath, or a racing heartbeat could be a sign of something serious. Our tests detect underlying conditions, such as arrhythmias and problems with cardiac blood flow, to help your doctor assess the nature and severity of your disease for diagnosis and treatment.

Diagnostic procedures include:

  • Echocardiograms
  • Holter monitoring
  • Rhythm strips
  • Stress tests
  • EKG’s

Learn more about our Sleep Lab

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Life saving cardiac care. Right here.

With Cayuga Heart Institute’s board certified cardiologists providing 24-hour cardiac-care and clinical support from Rochester Regional Health, there was no need to go anywhere else.

Life saving cardiac care. Right here.

With Cayuga Heart Institute’s board certified cardiologists providing 24-hour cardiac-care and clinical support from Rochester Regional Health, there was no need to go anywhere else.

Saving Your Life During a Cardiac Event

Hear Renee’s story about her heart attack and the care she received at the Cayuga Heart Institute

Heart Health Seminar

Did you see our latest Heart Health Seminar? Dr. Amit Singh discussed heart warning signs and ways to Love Your Heart. Watch the presentation below:  

Cayuga Medical Center receives Get With The Guidelines Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award

American Heart Association Award recognizes Cayuga Medical Center’s commitment to quality stroke care

Novel Oral Anticoagulants (NOACs) in treating atrial fibrillation

From the Cayuga Heart Institute, Registered Physicians Assistant Tina Ellis explains the efficacy of  Novel Oral Anticoagulants (NOACs) in treating atrial fibrillation.

About Cayuga Medical Center

We are a not-for-profit, acute-care medical center bringing state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services to the residents of Tompkins, Cortland, Seneca, and Tioga counties. And a century after our founding, we remain intrinsically tied to those we serve: our corporate membership includes representatives from over 100 community organizations. At Cayuga Medical Center, we believe that hospitals are shaped by the people they serve


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