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Nationally Known Heart and Vascular Care in Delaware County

Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with heart disease or have a chronic heart condition, you want the highest level of cardiac care available. Fortunately, if you live in the area, one of the region’s elite programs is right in your backyard: Crozer Health Cardiovascular Services.

From non-invasive testing and diagnosis to surgery and rehabilitation to valve disorders and heart failure, Delaware County turns to Crozer Health Cardiovascular Services for high quality, outcomes-based and patient-centered heart care.

With a storied history of innovation and achievement, Crozer Health has long been considered one of the region’s leaders in cardiovascular care. We continue to build on this reputation with the addition of skilled new physicians, new technologies and advanced treatment procedures.

From the Heart: Donald

Donald Peyton from Morton, Pa. suffered a ruptured aorta in January 2016. Hear him describe how Charles M. Geller, M.D., chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Crozer Health , saved his life.

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Heart and Vascular Conditions

  • Arrhythmia: With an arrhythmia, also known as an irregular heartbeat, the heart can have an irregular rhythm or beat too fast or too slow.
  • Cardiomyopathy: Cardiomyopathy represents a variety of conditions in which the heart muscle becomes damaged and can begin to falter.
  • Congestive Heart Failure: Congestive Heart Failure doesn’t mean that the heart has failed, but rather that the heart isn’t working as well as it should be.
  • Coronary Artery Disease: As heart disease develops, the coronary arteries become narrow due to a build-up of plaque. This raises the risk of a heart attack.
  • Heart Valve Disease: Heart valve disease occurs when valves do not close completely or the valve opening becomes narrowed. Some valve defects can be treated with medicine, while others may be repaired or replaced surgically.
  • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension): High blood pressure is one of the major risk factors for heart disease and stroke – if your blood pressure is high, it can damage and weaken your arteries.
  • High Blood Sugar (Hyperglycemia): When you have high blood glucose levels you not only have a higher risk of developing diabetes, but it also increases your risk of heart disease.
  • High Cholesterol: While the body needs some cholesterol for essential functions, having high cholesterol puts you at risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • Thrombosis (Blood Clots): Blood clots, also known by the medical term thrombosis, are semisolid masses of coagulated blood. Sometimes clots can form for no reason inside your blood vessels, creating a blockage that can lead to dangerous health issues.
  • Vascular Disorders: Crozer Health treats all types of vascular disorders, including aortic aneurysms, carotid artery disease, peripheral vascular disease and varicose veins.
  • Varicose Veins: Varicose veins are twisted and enlarged veins, commonly in your legs and feet.

Diagnostic Testing

  • Cardiac Imaging: A variety of medical imaging technologies, including computed tomography (CT), catheterization, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound, can be used to visualize heart function and blood flow.
  • Echocardiogram: An echocardiogram sends ultrasonic sound waves through the skin and other body tissues to the heart tissues to create moving images of the heart walls and valves.
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG): An EKG measures the electrical activity of the heart to show how fast and at what rhythm the heart beats.
  • Electrophysiology (EP) Study: EP studies help our physicians diagnose arrhythmia and syncope by pinpointing heart rhythm disturbances by showing how electrical impulses move through the heart.
  • Heart Monitor: Heart monitors can be used to record your heart rhythm over an extended time and identify abnormal heart rhythms.

Programs and Services

The Crozer Health Heart Team

The Crozer Health Heart Team brings cardiovascular specialists together to provide education and develop the best treatment plan for every patient.

The Heart Team follows a philosophy of providing total cardiac care and encourages shared decision making among primary cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, and cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons in order to make the care process as efficient as possible.

To help ensure that we explore every care option, Crozer Health consolidates vast amounts of information and resources from across the health system with the assistance of Health System Emergency Medical Services and cross-facility protocols.

This creates streamlined access to our full spectrum of cardiac care – from electrophysiology and catheterization lab services to heart failure therapies and new surgical techniques – under a single umbrella.