Cardiology at UPMC Passavant
Diagnostic and Medical Cardiology
Cardiologists at UPMC Passavant offer a complete range of diagnostic testing to evaluate the heart’s function and structure.
They also offer medical and interventional treatment for cardiovascular problems ranging from arrhythmias and valve disorders to heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, and heart attacks.
Advanced diagnostic testing includes:
- Exercise stress testing
- Radionuclide stress testing
- Multi-gated acquisition (MUGA) scanning
- Electrophysiology evaluations
UPMC Passavant’s Chest Pain Center is a specialty center located in the Emergency Department. It allows emergency medicine physicians to evaluate chest pain patients and facilitate appropriate testing so an accurate diagnosis can be made and vital care can be quickly delivered to reduce heart muscle damage in heart attack patients.
Congestive Heart Failure
Through the UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute at UPMC Passavant, patients with congestive heart failure (CHF) have access to specialists from the UPMC Advanced Heart Failure Center, providing rapid diagnosis and state-of-the-art treatment ranging from
- Drug therapy
- Cardiac resynchronization therapy devices
- High-risk coronary revascularization
- Valve repair
- Evaluation and referral for heart transplantation or heart assist devices
CHF patients also have access to participation in clinical trials of investigational drugs and devices.
Heart failure specialists at the Institute have special expertise in the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension – a common cause of CHF.
Because of the complex nature of the disease, a team of cardiologists, pulmonologists, and other health care professionals work together in providing diagnostic and therapeutic evaluation.
Interventional cardiologists at UPMC Passavant perform more than 2,000 catheterizations each year in state-of-the-art laboratories, locating and correcting blockages in patients’ coronary arteries whenever possible.
This technology also is used to identify abnormalities in the heart's valves. The labs facilitate catheter-based procedures such as balloon angioplasty and intravascular stent placement to allow doctors to perform procedures in the heart vessels.
Some heart disease is caused by arrhythmias – when the heart beats too slowly or too quickly, or can’t coordinate its beating properly. Electrophysiologists monitor, diagnose, and treat these conditions using a variety of tools and technologies.
Our expert electrophysiologists perform more than 500 procedures each year and offer a full range of options to treat the most therapy-resistant cases of arrhythmia including:
- Implantable cardioverter defibrillators
- Biventricular pacing devices for the treatment of advanced heart failure
- Radiofrequency ablation