Cardiology

Cardiology department is often times the area where patients first have access to specialized heart care and long-term management of their conditions. We offer the latest innovations in cardiac care and clinical therapies to patients of all ages. We provide state-of-the-art tests and procedures to help make an accurate diagnosis and create a treatment plan.

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Cardiology department is often times the area where patients first have access to specialized heart care and long-term management of their conditions. We offer the latest innovations in cardiac care and clinical therapies to patients of all ages. We provide state-of-the-art tests and procedures to help make an accurate diagnosis and create a treatment plan. We see patients with very common heart problems, such as angina, artery problems, valvular heart disease, and heart failure. We also treat patients with some very rare forms of heart disease, including those who have been told by other doctors that their condition cannot be treated.

Our cardiologists use a broad range of treatment options to give each patient the best care possible. These include lifestyle modification recommendations, medications and procedures. Our cardiologists also work closely with our team of cardiovascular surgeons, should surgery be the best treatment option.

The primary mission of the Cardiology department is to deliver high quality, cardiovascular care to all of our patients by:

Offering the latest innovations in cardiac care and clinical therapies to patients of all ages.
Providing state-of-the-art tests and procedures to assist in accurate diagnosis and planning of treatment.
Listening carefully to our patients’ concerns and trying to devise the very best evaluation and treatment plans for each individual.

Treatments & Conditions

  • Heart Attacks
  • Myocardial Infarction
  • Adult Congenital heart disease
  • Aortic disease
  • Hypercholesterolemia and risk factor modification
  • Family history of coronary disease
  • Heart disease symptoms:
  • Chest pain or discomfort (angina) Shortness of breath
  • Palpitations
  • Leg swelling

Cardiology Programs & Services

  • Invasive & Interventional Cardiology

We offer cutting-edge diagnostic tests
and nonsurgical interventional treatments for patients presenting along the entire spectrum of cardiac and cardiovascular disease. For patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) who require an invasive evaluation, our physicians often perform intravascular imaging and/or flow-based physiologic evaluation to better understand what lesions require further treatment. In addition to routine percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), our doctors are comfortable with the adjunctive use of ventricular support devices when necessary and some specialize in opening vessels that are chronically occluded (CTO).

  • Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD)

An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) is a small battery-powered device placed in your chest to monitor your heart rhythm and detect irregular heartbeats. An ICD can deliver electric shocks via one or more wires connected to your heart to fix an abnormal heart rhythm.
You might need an ICD if you have a dangerously fast heartbeat (ventricular tachycardia) or a chaotic heartbeat that keeps your heart from supplying enough blood to the rest of your body (ventricular fibrillation). Ventricles are the lower chambers of your heart.
ICDs detect and stop abnormal heartbeats (arrhythmias). The device continuously monitors your heartbeat and delivers electrical pulses to restore a normal heart rhythm when necessary. An ICD differs from a pacemaker — another implantable device used to help control abnormal heart rhythms.

  • Cardiovascular Imaging

We the most advanced technology available to capture images of the heart. These various techniques allow physicians to make accurate diagnoses and determine the best treatment for each patient. They also offer better patient safety during treatments. Our specialists determine the most appropriate way to image or study the structure and function of the heart in order to diagnose many types of heart disease. They are also experts in the treatment and long-term management of many types of heart conditions.
Obtaining and interpreting images of the heart are critical to the successful management of any cardiac disorder.

  • Pacemaker

A pacemaker is a small device that’s placed under the skin in your chest to help control your heartbeat. It’s used to help your heart beat more regularly if you have an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia), particularly a slow one. Implanting a pacemaker in your chest requires a surgical procedure.

  • Cardiac Electrophysiology & Pacing

We offer a variety of highly specialized approaches to heart-rhythm problems. The procedures may be used to diagnose a heart problem or to treat it. Arrhythmia treatment depends on the type and severity of the arrhythmia. In some cases
of arrhythmia, no treatment is necessary.

Cardiopulmonary Function Programms & Services

The Cardiopulmonary Function department provides various procedures to evaluate heart and lung functions. It also offers various services for patients admitted to Curaçao Medical Center with breathing problems or difficulties. Cardiopulmonary Function has two rooms available for treadmill testing, where patients will walk on a treadmill to evaluate the heart, new ultrasound devices to capture visual heart motion and pictures, and new pulmonary functions testing equipment that can test lung function and evaluate breathing problems such as asthma or emphysema. Other procedures performed by the department include but are not limited to: ABG, EKG, EEG, Echocardiography, various cardiovascular stress testing, Pulmonary Functions Testing, bronchoscopy assistance, and various respiratory care modalities including ventilator care.

Cardiopulmonary function is supported by Pulmonologists to provide high quality care to patients with breathing problems or to help manage their chronic lung disease. The staff also helps to identify any equipment or needs when patients leave the hospital, such as oxygen, breathing medications or equipment.

Our patients benefit from our experienced team who customize a program of exercise, education and counseling to help reduce the risk of disease or slow its progression.

Benefits of our Cardiopulmonary services and treatments :

  • Improve physical, heart, vascular and lung function
  • Improve strength and stamina
  • Return to work or normal activities quicker
  • Understand your heart, vascular and lung disease
  • Modify unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, overweight, and physical inactivity
  • Enhance your self-confidence and improve your quality of life following a cardiac event
  • Reduce your chances of having a heart attack or stroke
  • Reduce hospitalizations