Cardiology Care and Services
When you visit Richmond University Medical Center for cardiac care, you put your heart in the very best hands. With support and sponsorship from the nationally recognized Mount Sinai Health Network, our physicians, nurses, and technicians have achieved reputations for excellence, and they are dedicated to respecting the dignity of each individual. We offer comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services, from emergency treatment to sophisticated diagnostic procedures and risk screenings. If you or someone you know is in need of cardiac care, Richmond University Medical Center has cardiologists and a medical team ready to provide an exceptional level of attention.
Cardiology Clinic for Staten Island
Our outpatient cardiology clinics provide advanced diagnostics, as well as therapeutic services, for patients with a wide range of heart and circulatory conditions. Cardiac fellows and attending cardiologists staff each outpatient clinic so that ongoing care is provided at a high level of quality in a conveniently accessible setting. Given the long-term and cumulative nature of heart health, we believe in making checkups and therapeutic services as accessible as possible for patients in need of cardiac care and monitoring. To inclusively address the cardiovascular health of our patients, we assess the lungs and respiratory tract with pulmonology diagnostics and treatment.
Emergency Cardiac Care
Home to a Level I Trauma Center, Richmond University Medical Center is the place to turn to when minutes matter most. The ranking of a trauma center is determined by the number and qualifications of medical professionals on duty 24 hours, including emergency physicians, surgeons, anesthesiologists, and more. There must also be a range of specialists available on short notice. While patients experiencing radiating chest pain should get to the nearest emergency room as soon as possible, patients taken to a Level I Trauma Center do significantly better on average than patients taken to Level II Trauma Centers. Both the availability of cardiologists and the advanced diagnostic equipment facilitate a timely response to cardiac patients. With emergency cardiac care, our medical team is ready to respond 24/7 to cardiac arrests, arrhythmia, and other critical medical problems. Our Coronary Care Unit is one of the reasons why we received top national recognition from the American Heart Association.
To assess the condition of patients suspected of developing CAD, or to find out the severity of a patient's heart disease, one of the tests that we provide is cardiac calcium scoring. To identify the cause of arrhythmia, our cardiologists perform diagnostic electrophysiology in the catheterization suites. Electrophysiology services include radiofrequency ablation; pacemakers, biventricular ICDs, and biventricular pacemaker insertions; and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs).
Richmond University Medical Center has a 10-bed Coronary Care Unit as well as a 50-bed Telemetry Monitoring Unit for patients, both equipped for continuous inpatient monitoring, with the option for "stepping-down" care.
Noninvasive tests for heart disease give physicians valuable information without the risks that typically accompany invasive procedures. In addition to electrocardiography or EKG testing for heart rhythm, we are also equipped to provide signal-averaged electrocardiography. For detailed recording over longer periods, we use 24-hour Holter monitoring units. Depending on the needs of the individual patient, we have equipment for cardiac event monitoring and other tests for use in inpatient or outpatient settings. Other testing options include stress testing, nuclear stress testing, and ambulatory 24-hour blood pressure recording. We also provide tilt table testing and echocardiograms, both transesophageal and stress echoes. The tilt table test is useful for patients who suffer from lightheadedness and fainting. By monitoring the heart rate and blood pressure after a patient is rotated from a supine to upright position, a physician is able to assess for vasovagal syncope.
Proudly Serving Staten Island
At Richmond University Medical Center, we take pride in providing the Staten Island community with access to medical services for cardiovascular health and wellness. With an emphasis on healthy lifestyles and wellness coaching, we take an inclusive approach to preventing the chronic conditions that contribute to medical emergencies. With a Stroke Center recognized by the American Stroke Association, we also value timely and effective responses to emergencies. Following the crisis of a cardiac event or traumatic injury, Richmond University Medical Center also provides rehabilitation services to maximize each patient's quality of life and long-term recovery.
Every Minute Counts with a Cardiac Arrest
If you witness someone suddenly lose consciousness and become unresponsive, it's important to act quickly. Tap the person on the shoulder and loudly ask if they are okay. If the person is unresponsive, tell an adult bystander to call 911 and have them retrieve an AED if one is available. If you are alone with an unresponsive adult, then call 911 and retrieve a nearby AED yourself. If the person isn't breathing, give CPR. As soon as an AED arrives, turn it on and follow the instructions. Continue to use the AED and CPR until help arrives. Early intervention with an AED and CPR are important factors in a patient's survival following cardiac arrest. Calling 911 activates the emergency response system so that the patient can be transported as quickly as possible to an emergency room.