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Cardiovascular | Heart Health

Comprehensive Care

Summa Cardiovascular Institute (SCVI) provides extensive inpatient/outpatient heart care programs, including:

Atrial Fibrillation Program

Atrial fibrillation (AF) can severely impact a person’s quality of life, causing heart palpitations, chronic fatigue and pain. It also can increase a person’s risk for stroke. AF affects about 2.5 million Americans, but as America’s population ages, that number is expected to increase to 5.6 million adults over the next 40 years. The risk of developing AF increases with age. To meet this growing need, Summa Health System offers patients a comprehensive atrial fibrillation program staffed by electrophysiologists who can effectively treat and manage this condition.

Heart Failure Program

An estimated 5.8 million Americans are living with heart failure (HF) right now – and about 675,000 new cases are being diagnosed each year. As the U.S. population ages, these numbers are expected to increase.

There is no cure for heart failure – but there are ways you (and your doctor) can control your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Recent studies show that patients who participate in a structured heart failure program have fewer complications and hospitalizations than patients who don't opt to participate in a program. Learning how you can work with your doctor to manage your heart failure can make a big difference in your health.

Learn how you can take an active role in minimizing your risks for complications and hospitalizations due to heart failure by participating in Summa's Heart Failure Program.

Anticoagulation Therapy Program

Anticoagulation therapy is a course of drug therapy in which medications are administered to a patient to slow the rate at which the patient's blood clots. A doctor, pharmacist or nurse must carefully supervise the drug therapy because it is not without risk and patients need to be monitored for bleeding or clotting complications.

Anticoagulants are often referred to as “blood thinners,” which is misleading, because these drugs do not “thin” the blood. Anticoagulants inhibit the formation of clotting agents so that the blood cannot clot as easily.

If you have been prescribed an anticoagulation medication (such as Coumadin/Warfarin), talk to your doctor about getting a referral to the SAMS Program located at Summa Akron City Hospital.

Cardiovascular Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program

The cardiac rehabilitation team at Summa Health System consists of highly skilled healthcare professionals, including nurses, physicians, physical therapists, registered dietitians and exercise physiologists, all working together to help you return to a healthy, active lifestyle. Our cardiovascular pulmonary rehabilitation program is designed to help patients who have been diagnosed with cardiac disease or who have had a cardiac event recover more quickly and return to productive lives.

Device Clinic Program

Even though pacemakers and implantable defibrillators are very reliable, it is still important for patients to have their devices checked periodically by qualified technicians or monitored at home via telephone transmission. Summa Health System offers a Device Clinic that monitors all patients who have an implantable device. Your cardiologist can learn valuable information about how your heart and the device are working – and can make adjustments if necessary.

SCVI Behavioral Health Program

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death and a major cause of disability in the United States, with an estimated six million people having heart disease. Studies have shown depression is associated with increased risk of disease and death in patients with cardiovascular disease. In patients with heart disease, the prevalence of major depression is nearly 20 percent, with 27 percent of patients having minor depression.

Within the past 20 years, the medical community has increasingly recognized that behavioral health interventions can improve the physical well-being of patients diagnosed with heart disease. Led by a clinical psychologist, SCI’s behavioral health program offers heart patients and their families: assistance with lifestyle changes, treatment for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and social support stress, treatment for fear and anxiety related to an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) or pacemaker and advice for caregivers and family members on how to prevent stress-related conditions. 

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