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Cardiology Care and Services, Staten Island, NY

When you visit Richmond University Medical Center for cardiac care, you put your heart in the very best hands. With support and sponsorship from the nationally recognized Mount Sinai Health Network, our cardiology physicians, nurses and technicians have achieved reputations of excellence and are dedicated to respecting the dignity and well-being of each individual. We offer comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services, from emergency care to sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for cardiovascular screening. If you or someone you know is in need of cardiac care, Richmond University Medical Center has a medical team lead by cardiologists ready to provide an exceptional level of expertise and attention.

To contact the Cardiology Department, please call (718)-818-7414.

Every Minute Counts with a Cardiac Arrest

If you witness someone suddenly lose consciousness and become unresponsive, it’s important to act quickly. Tap the person on the shoulder and loudly ask if they are okay. If the person is unresponsive, tell an adult bystander to call 911 and have them retrieve an AED if one is available. If you are alone with an unresponsive adult, then call 911 and retrieve a nearby AED yourself. If the person isn’t breathing, give CPR. As soon as an AED arrives, turn it on and follow the instructions. Continue to use the AED and CPR until help arrives. Early intervention with an AED and CPR are important factors in a patient’s survival following cardiac arrest. Calling 911 activates the emergency response system so that the patient can be transported as quickly as possible to an emergency room.

Emergency Cardiac Care

Our center is always ready and well-equipped to take care of all cardiac emergencies. We are a New York State Department of Health and FDNY-approved facility to provide life-saving treatment in the form of emergency coronary angioplasty for acute myocardial infarction (i.e. “heart attack”) victims at all times. Likewise, we excel in the care of emergency patients with shock, heart failure and cardiac arrhythmias. Our stroke team is always available for emergency treatment of acute stroke patients. Our chest pain program and coronary care unit are two of the reasons why we received top national recognition from the American Heart Association

Cardiac Services

Richmond University Medical Center provides a wealth of inpatient and outpatient cardiac services. Our thoroughly modern cardiac catheterization laboratory diagnoses and treats a full range of cardiac conditions. Our electrophysiology laboratory and clinical arrhythmia service determine the cause of symptoms and disorders of the cardiac rhythm and provide sophisticated treatments in the form of medical therapies, arrhythmia radiofrequency ablation, pacemaker and defibrillator implantation and follow-up as well as the diagnosis and treatment of syncope (“passing out”).

Richmond University Medical Center has an active Coronary Care Unit (CCU) as well as a 40-bed Telemetry Monitoring Unit, both of which are staffed by highly skilled nurses who are trained to recognize and care for cardiac emergencies. Additionally, we have been training cardiology fellows to become highly-competent cardiologists for the past 40 years. The care that they bring to the management of cardiac patients is invaluable.

Cardiology Clinic

Richmond University Medical Center’s longstanding cardiology clinic provides advanced diagnostics as well as comprehensive care for patients with a wide range of heart and circulatory disorders. Our attending cardiologists, cardiology fellows and nurses provide ongoing, compassionate, quality care for the cardiology patient in a convenient outpatient hospital-based accessible setting.  Given the often long-term and cumulative nature of heart health, we believe in offering clinic check-ups and therapeutic services on an ongoing frequent basis. For patients with a higher acuity of illness, we can arrange for a transition to inpatient services as necessary.

Noninvasive Testing

Non-invasive tests for cardiac conditions provide physicians valuable information without some of the risks that typically accompany more invasive cardiac procedures. Richmond University Medical Center offers a full range of non-invasive diagnostic cardiology testing procedures. For disorders of the heart rhythm, we offer not only routine ECG (electrocardiography) but also a variety of devices that provide short-term, intermediate-term and very long-term rhythm monitoring. Our electrophysiology laboratory also provides tilt table testing – a method to help with the diagnosis of lightheadedness and syncope. Additionally, to help with the diagnosis of coronary artery disease and other conditions, we offer all varieties of stress testing in the form of treadmill exercise or pharmacologic stress employing ECG, echocardiographic or nuclear imaging strategies. We have great expertise in all forms of echocardiography, a sophisticated test using sound waves to see the heart’s chambers and valves as a means to diagnose a multitude of cardiac conditions. Our Echo Laboratory is certified by the prestigious Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) for Echocardiography.

Proudly Serving Staten Island

At Richmond University Medical Center we take pride in providing the Staten Island community with access to medical services for cardiovascular health and wellness. With an emphasis on healthy lifestyles and wellness coaching to both patients and employees alike, we take an inclusive approach to preventing the chronic conditions that contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease. In addition to community cardiac risk screenings, we provide sessions on tobacco cessation, weight watching and diabetes, hypertension and cholesterol management. After a cardiac event, we provide outpatient cardiac rehabilitation services designed to maximize each patient’s quality of life and long-term recovery.

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