Begin your heart health journey.
When it comes to the health of your heart, you likely have more questions than answers. One of the most important questions being – where do I start?
At The Heart Center of Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC), we can help you navigate the entire care process – from scheduling an appointment to achieving long-term heart and vascular health.
Our goal is to ensure that you receive the care you need. That starts by having a better understanding of the heart and vascular conditions we treat, the diagnostic and treatment services available and the expert doctors that will help coordinate your care.
While The Heart Center of NGMC is here to offer support and guidance throughout your heart care journey, our hope is to empower you to take the next step toward lasting cardiovascular health.
The Heart Center of NGMC is your trusted partner for lifelong heart and vascular health.
The Heart Center of Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) brings together distinguished cardiologists, extensive services and treatments, as well as advanced technology and facilities to provide you with the best possible care. From disease prevention and diagnostics to life-saving treatments and long-term care, our experts are with you every step of the way.
Questions to consider
How do I know if I need heart care?
Depending on your health history and unique care needs, your primary care provider may help you determine if specialized heart care is recommended. If you have any heightened risk factors for heart disease or a history of smoking, a cardiologist can help with prevention and early diagnosis. Also, if you experience any abnormal symptoms that are not an emergency, seeking heart care will help ensure effective diagnosis and treatment.
Symptoms of heart disease include:
- Angina - chest pain, tightness or pressure
- Discomfort, weakness or cold, tingling sensations in your legs or arms, which could indicate narrowed blood vessels
- Neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or abdominal pressure or pain
- Racing, slow or irregular heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
- Fatigue, especially becoming easily tired doing everyday tasks
- Edema - swelling in the feat or hands
What are the risk factors for heart disease?
There isn’t just one cause of heart disease, there are several different factors that can increase your overall risk. These include risk factors that you can control, like diet and exercise, as well as those you can’t, like age and family history. It’s important to keep in mind that while having one or more risk factors may increase the likelihood of developing heart disease, that doesn’t mean it’s inevitable. The first step is to identify your unique risk factors and work with a trusted cardiologist to effectively manage them.
Do heart disease symptoms differ between men and women?
Yes, women do experience signs and symptoms that differ from men, which can lead to heart disease being diagnosed less or later in women. Women have some unique risk factors for heart disease that should be considered, including diabetes, mental health issues or depression, smoking, sedentary lifestyle, menopause, chemotherapy drugs and radiation therapy or complications of pregnancy. If you have these risk factors, you may be at heightened risk of heart disease and simple, non-invasive diagnostic procedures can help keep your heart healthy.
The following symptoms of heart disease are more likely for women to experience than men:
- Shortness of breath
- Neck, jaw, shoulder, upper back or abdominal pressure
- Pain in the arms
- Unusual fatigue
- Lightheadedness or diziness
Learn more about our expertise in women's heart health.
Why is The Heart Center of NGMC right for me?
The Heart Center of NGMC offers a full spectrum of programs and services, making it one of the most robust and comprehensive programs in the region – and the state. Led by our team of renowned cardiologists, we bring ample expertise to a wide range of specialties and can care for virtually any heart or vascular condition.
Above all else, our heart experts recognize that your heart health is just one part of you. That’s why we’re dedicated to caring for all of you – not just a condition or illness. We know that you depend on us for the best possible heart care, and that is not something we take lightly. When it matters most, you can count on The Heart Center of NGMC to provide truly exceptional heart and vascular care.
What type of cardiologist should I see?
Any of the cardiologists at The Heart Center of NGMC can provide exceptional heart care; however, we do have several different specialties to better suit your unique needs. A few of these include:
- Non-invasive: A cardiologist that utilizes advanced diagnostics and non-invasive treatments to promote overall heart health and disease prevention.
- Interventional: A cardiologist that provides catheter-based procedures and treatments for cardiovascular and structural heart diseases.
- Heart Failure: A cardiologist offering specialized services and treatments for the long-term care of advanced heart failure.
- Electrophysiology: A cardiologist providing specialized care and to manage and treat heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias).
- Structural Heart: An interventional cardiologist that collaborates with a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon to treat structural heart disease using minimally-invasive techniques.
How can The Heart Center of NGMC help with heart disease prevention?
Heart disease may be deadly, but it's preventable. Our cardiologists will work with you to identify and effectively manage all of your risk factors for developing heart or vascular disease. This includes factors you can improve, like exercise and diet, as well as those you can’t, like family history and age. Additionally, our cardiologists will help to coordinate any additional testing or diagnostics as needed to ensure any conditions are caught in their earliest and most-treatable stage.
Do I need a referral?
You do not need a referral to be seen at any of our 13 convenient locations, or to request a video appointment. While our non-invasive and interventional cardiologists would be happy to care for you in clinic or by video visit, cath lab procedures and electrophysiology or heart failure services require a referral.
How do I schedule an appointment?
You can schedule an appointment 24/7 right from The Heart Center of NGMC website. Simply fill out the Request an Appointment form and one of our team members will contact you shortly to finalize your in-person or video visit. You can also call: 770-534-2020.