High-quality cardiovascular care in Nashville
TriStar Health is unique in that our cardiology services are not centered in a single location. As part of our commitment to your heart health, we provide access to our cardiologists and cardiovascular specialists throughout Middle Tennessee and South Central Kentucky.
For a free physician referral or more information, call TriStar MedLine® at (800) 242-5662.
Our cardiac specialists at TriStar Health hospitals are focused on providing excellent, compassionate care for patients of all ages. Across our network of heart hospitals, our services range from simple to complex cardiovascular procedures and treatment plans. Some of the cardiac conditions we treat are heart arrhythmia, heart attack, congenital (present at birth) and those acquired after birth.
Specialized heart care is available at all of our community-based hospitals, all backed by our primary heart hospital in downtown Nashville, TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center.
Our cardiology teams include some of the country’s leading experts in fields such as:
- Cardiac imaging
- Pediatric cardiology
- Heart disease
- Congestive heart failure and Electrophysiology
- Cardiovascular disease
- Interventional, endovascular and open-heart surgery
Accredited heart care
Seconds count when you need emergency care. Chest pain, heart failure, heart attacks and stroke all require quick treatment for the best chances of survival and outcomes. To ensure you get that care as fast as possible, many TriStar Health facilities maintain accreditations in efficiency and quality, including:
- Accredited Chest Pain Centers with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI), designated by the American College of Cardiology (ACC)
- Primary Stroke Centers, designated by The Joint Commission
- Blue Distinction, designated by Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
Cardiac catheterization lab
We perform many procedures in our cardiac catheterization laboratory (cath lab), such as stent placements, heart catheterizations and angioplasties. Cardiac catheterization refers to a diagnostic procedure that detects cardiac issues via the insertion of a catheter - a thin, long tube - into an artery or vein.
Screening for a heart condition is an important step in helping our patients live a long and healthy life. We use state-of-the-art technology to ensure you receive an accurate diagnosis and the best treatment options available.
Some of our numerous heart imaging tests and procedures include:
- Ankle-brachial index test
- Ambulatory cardiac monitoring
- Cardiac calcium scoring
- Cardiac computed tomography (CT)
- Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Cardiac stress test
- Cardiac catheterization
- Holter monitoring
- Doppler ultrasound
- Multigated acquisition (MUGA) scan
- Nuclear stress test
- Positron emission tomography (PET) scan
- Tilt table test
- Transesophageal echocardiography
- Vascular ultrasound studies
Candidates for cardiac calcium scoring
For patients who may be unaware of the quality of their heart health, a cardiac calcium scoring test may be useful in determining potential risk of a heart attack or other heart conditions.
A cardiac calcium scoring test is a non-invasive computed tomography (CT) scan that determines the amount of calcified plaque found in the arteries, which assists doctors in evaluating risk.
Although anyone concerned about their risk for heart disease can discuss options for assessing risk, good candidates for cardiac calcium scoring include:
- Men 45 years old and older
- Women 55 years old and older
- Patients with a sedentary lifestyle
- Patients with diabetes
- Patients who smoke
- Patients overweight by 10 pounds or more
- Patients with a family history of heart disease
- Patients with a family history of stroke
We offer a variety of cardiovascular procedures across the TriStar Health network of hospitals, including:
- AFib ablation
- Beating heart surgery (off-pump bypass)
- Bentall procedure
- Cardiac ablation
- Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG)
- Endovascular aneurysm repair - stent grafting (EVAR)
- Implanted cardiac defibrillator (ICD)
- Left atrial appendage (LAA) closure (lariat procedure)
- Left ventricular assist device (LVAD)
- Left ventricular reconstructive surgery (dor procedure)
- Maze and mini maze procedures
- Minimally invasive bypass surgery (MID CABG)
- Mitral valve repair
- Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)
- Ross procedure
- Sternal reconstruction
- Thoracic aortic aneurysm repair
- Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
- Transmyocardial laser revascularization (TMR)
When heart or vascular surgical intervention is necessary, our skilled surgeons are experienced in all facets of cardiovascular surgery and will work with your cardiologist from diagnosis through recovery to provide the full continuum of care.
A common reason people visit the ER is chest pain. This potentially life-threatening symptom may be indicative of a mild condition, such as heartburn, or it may be signs of a heart attack. Chest pain associated with reduced blood flow to the heart is referred to as "angina" (ischemic chest pain). This kind of pain is sometimes referred to as a squeezing sensation or a heaviness on the chest.
The three types of angina are stable, unstable and variant. Stable angina has a predictable pattern and intensity. Unstable angina is unpredictable and features more intense chest pain. Variant angina is a severe, temporary spasm that occurs suddenly while resting.
Angina can occur without a heart attack but may be a warning sign of cardiovascular issues that can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
It can be difficult to know when chest pain is related to a heart attack, which makes it important to recognize the symptoms. Men and women may experience different symptoms. Pain may sometimes appear in areas other than the chest because there is not enough blood flow to those areas. At times, the discomfort may be so small people may assume they have a stomach virus.
Heart attack symptoms in women and men
Women experiencing a heart attack are more likely to have different symptoms than men do, such as:
- Uncomfortable pressure on the chest
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea or dizziness
- Unexplained fatigue
- Back pain
- Jaw pain
- Neck pain
- Discomfort, pain or numbness in one or both arms
- Anxiety or a sense of impending doom
Men experiencing a heart attack may have symptoms, that include:
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Coughing or wheezing
- Racing heart
- Heart palpitations (the feeling your heart has skipped a beat)
Early Heart Attack Care
Learn more about early heart attack care and the Hands-Only CPR technique recommended by the American Heart Association®.