Cardiac Pulmonary

Cardiology is a medical specialty dealing with disorders of the heart. Cardiologists are physicians who specialize in treatment and prevention of these disorders.  Capital Medical Center provides a full range of cardiology services.  We can also assist you in finding a physician. Click on the link to be directed to our medical staff directory to find a cardiology specialist.

Capital Medical Center is proud of our standard of excellence and caring we represent. Our mission and vision represent our commitment to the standard of care and services we want to deliver to you every day.

Making heart health a priority

Heart health is about more than just your heart. Blood pressure, cholesterol, family history and other factors all play important roles in keeping your heart strong. If you have questions about your heart health but aren’t quite sure where to begin, start with a heart health assessment and learn more about any risks you may have for heart-related conditions. Your journey to a stronger heart starts here.

Healthy Heart Cardiac Services

Emergency Treatment
If you experience a sudden onset of chest pressure, “indigestion,” or trouble catching your breath, CMC encourages you to call 911 and not delay treatment. CMC’s Emergency Department is staffed 24 hours a day by Board-certified emergency room physicians and nurses trained in emergency care. Thurston County Medic One paramedics use Physio Control Life Pak 11 monitor/defibrillators to provide a hospital-quality electrocardiogram (EKG) in the patient’s home or the medic van. Diagnostic quality, computer-interpreted 12-lead EKGs can be transmitted over phone lines to the CMC Emergency Department where the emergency physician and cardiologist begin diagnosing and treating the patient before arrival at the hospital. This ensures that we get you the fastest treatment we can provide.

• Coronary Angiogram
Is an exam where your cardiologist injects X-ray contrast dye to show blockages or narrowing inside of your coronary (heart) arteries.  This exam will help your doctor see if you need addition treatment such as stent placement or coronary bypass surgery.

Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)
Is a non-surgical procedure where your cardiologist can open narrowed or blocked vessels by using balloons and stents to restore blood flow to your heart. A stent is a wire mesh tube that that is inserted into the artery this helps hold the artery open and decreases the chance of it narrowing again.

• Pacemaker
Is a small device that is placed under the skin in your chest. It is made up of two parts a generator (battery) and wires (leads). This device helps control or regulates your heartbeat when your body needs help.

• Implantable cardiac defibrillator (ICD)
Is a device that is placed under the skin in your chest to help reduce the chance of death from an abnormal heart beat (arrhythmia). This device monitors your heart and delivers electricity to your heart to re-establish a normal heart beat.

• Coronary Arteriogram
Cardiologists can see the structure and condition of the patient’s coronary arteries and recommend appropriate treatment.

Is a test that uses high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to create images of your heart. This test shows your doctor many things about your hearts including; size, shape, structure, and pumping strength also if your hearts valves are working properly.

• Electrocardiogram (ECG)|
Is a test that measures the electrical activity of your heart.  Each heart beat sends a wave of electricity through your heart, an ECG records this activity.

• Peripheral Intervention
Is a non-surgical procedure where cardiologist or Interventional radiologist opens blood vessels to restore blood flow to your extremities. Doctors may use balloons and or stents to help keep your vessels open and decrease the chance of them narrowing again.

Cardiopulmonary & Respiratory Care

  • Cardiac Rehab
  • Accredited by College of American Pathologists

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Getting into the program begins with a physician referral. A free evaluation is done by a cardiac rehabilitation specialist, usually while the patient is still in the hospital. A program schedule will be set up to participate on an outpatient basis. All participants must have an electrocardiogram, exercise treadmill test, and blood test. To minimize costs, any of these tests recently performed will not be repeated.

Phase I: While in the hospital, patients are given information on the anatomy of the heart, coronary artery disease, risk factors, pharmaceutical treatments and freedom from smoking.

Phase 2: A 12-week period of exercise begins after discharge from the hospital. Careful cardiac and blood pressure monitoring accompany the exercise sessions. Education will continue with information about diet, energy conservation, stress management, and relaxation.

Phase 3: For as long as they wish, cardiac rehabilitation patients may continue the program by sustaining their exercise workouts under supervised conditions, but without constant cardiac monitoring, for a nominal fee.