Cardiac care in Wichita, Kansas
When you need cardiovascular expertise in Wichita, trust the cardiologists at Wesley Healthcare. Our cardiac specialists at Wesley Medical Center and Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER have years of experience diagnosing and treating various heart conditions, and we offer some of the most advanced cardiology services available in Kansas.When to worry about chest pain
For more information about our cardiology services, please call (316) 962-3627.
Heart health and conditions
The heart specialists at Wesley Healthcare expertly diagnose and treat a wide range of heart conditions, including:
- Aortic dissections and aneurysms
- Aortic stenosis
- Cardiac arrest
- Cerebrovascular accident (stroke)
- Chest pain
- Congenital heart abnormalities
- Congestive heart failure
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation
- Heart attack
- Heart disease
- Heart murmur
- Heart valve disease
Heart disease treatment and prevention
In the U.S., an estimated one in three deaths are the result of cardiovascular disease. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), over 92 million adults in the U.S. are living with some form of cardiovascular disease or the after-effects of stroke.
Treating heart disease starts with prevention. At Wesley Healthcare, our cardiac specialists are dedicated to screening and educating patients about heart disease. We provide a wide range of advanced screening tests, which can detect heart disease in its earliest stages.
Risk factors for cardiovascular disease include:
- Family history of heart disease
- Lack of physical activity/exercise
- Obesity or being overweight
- Poor diet or nutrition
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
If you or a family member are at risk for heart disease, talk to your doctor or cardiologist about preventing cardiovascular disease and how to reduce your risk factors.
Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Hypertension, also called high blood pressure, occurs when there is too much pressure in your blood vessels. The force of your blood pushing against the walls of your blood vessels is consistently too high and this can cause damage to your blood vessels and the rest of your body. Hypertension can ultimately lead to other health conditions, ranging from arrhythmia (abnormal heart rhythm) to heart attack.
The top number of your blood pressure reading is your systolic pressure and occurs as blood pumps out of the heart and into the arteries. The bottom number of your blood pressure reading is your diastolic pressure and is created as the heart rests between heartbeats.
Your heart and blood vessels have to work harder and are less efficient if you suffer from hypertension. Many people have high blood pressure for years without knowing it, as hypertension often has few or no symptoms.
Common symptoms of hypertension include:
- Severe headaches
- Fatigue or confusion
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Visual changes
- Blood in the urine
To treat high blood pressure, your doctor may recommend making lifestyle changes, monitoring your blood pressure at home, taking medications, exercising, not smoking and/or managing stress.
Wesley Healthcare is proud to offer the latest advances in cardiac care to the Wichita community. Our heart and vascular medical team is dedicated to providing excellent care for your long-term health.
Wesley Healthcare provides pediatric cardiology services for infants, children, adolescents and young adults. We use the most comprehensive heart evaluations and treatments for both congenital and acquired heart diseases.
An electrophysiology study (often called an EP study) is a test used to evaluate your heart's electrical system and detect abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias). An EP study is performed by an electrophysiologist, a doctor who is specially trained in electrophysiology.
Our specialists perform diagnostic and interventional heart procedures in our state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization labs, also called the cath lab. Cardiac catheterization is a minimally invasive procedure in which a small catheter is inserted into an artery and guided through your blood vessels to your heart.
There are several reasons why this procedure may be necessary, such as to unclog a blocked artery during a heart attack or to determine if heart disease is present.
Our cardiac surgeons provide services and treatments at nine catheterization labs in three convenient locations, including Surgicare of Wichita, Wesley Medical Center and Wesley Woodlawn.
Heart and vascular surgery
Wesley Healthcare's Structural Heart Program at our Heart Valve Clinic includes a hybrid operating room, which features the most advanced imaging devices available for minimally invasive cardiovascular surgery.
We offer the expertise of cardiac surgeons and interventional cardiologists to provide focused assessment and treatment options for patients with complex heart disorders.
For more information about our Heart Valve Clinic, please call (316) 962-6340.
Heart screening and imaging tests
Our cardiologists believe that educating and screening patients is essential to preventing heart disease. With access to advanced heart screening and imaging tools, you and your doctor can identify risks and diagnose problems in their early stages.
Wesley Healthcare's certified outpatient cardiac rehabilitation services help people with heart disease, or people who have had a heart event, continue their recovery by restoring the heart to its highest possible level of functioning.
Specialized cardiac units
All of Wesley Healthcare's cardiac units provide constant electronic monitoring and are staffed by nurses who are specially trained in cardiac care.
We offer multiple specialized cardiac units, including:
- Coronary care unit: The most seriously ill patients stay in this unit, which features 26 beds, state-of-the-art equipment and a high-level medical staff.
- Cardiovascular interventional unit: This unit is for the recovery of patients who have had an angioplasty, stent or other interventional treatment.
- Medical/telemetry unit: While in this unit, patients may begin therapy and education to prepare them for their care after discharge.