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Cardiology Services at Sharon Hospital provided by The Heart Center

The Heart Center is a multi-specialty cardiology group providing leading-edge care in the communities we call home. The Heart Center has 14 office locations serviced by more than 30 cardiologists throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley and Northwest Connecticut. The Heart Center cardiologists and specialists offer services at Sharon Hospital. Advanced services are offered by The Heart Center at our tertiary referral center, Vassar Brothers Medical Center.

Effective treatment of cardiovascular disease begins with complete and accurate diagnosis. At Sharon Hospital, the team is trained to diagnose cardiovascular problems through a full range of noninvasive cardiology procedures.

The team of board certified cardiologists and internists, specially trained cardiovascular nurses, registered sonographers, exercise physiologists and support personnel share a commitment to personalized care, including noninvasive cardiac testing, preventive cardiology and rehabilitative services.

To register, or to make or change an appointment, please call (860) 364-4237, 7:30am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.  TTY/Accessibility (800) 842-9710

Routine and Nuclear Stress Testing

All tests are performed with a doctor present. The first two tests described below invoke exercising on a treadmill, and the third test substitutes medication with the treadmill to stimulate the same effect as exercising. Only your doctor can decide which test is best for you.

Below are some specific instructions and information about each test. Please note:

  • Day 1 and Day 2 should be completed within one week of each other.
  • You should ask the doctor ordering the stress test whether you should take your daily medications the morning of the tests.
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time to register in Cardiology and pay your co-pay.

We offer the following tests:

Routine treadmill

Do not eat or drink for four hours prior to your test. You will need to wear comfortable shoes and clothing to walk on the treadmill. Several electrodes will be placed on your chest. These electrodes are attached to an EKG machine that allows the doctor to monitor your heart rate and rhythm while you exercise. Expect to exercise for about 10 minutes. Test time is approximately 45 minutes.

Sestamibi (Nuclear) Treadmill

This is a two-day test coordinated with Nuclear Medicine.

Day 1 – Do not eat or drink anything within four hours prior to your test. You will need to wear comfortable shoes and clothing to walk on the treadmill. Several electrodes will be placed on your chest, and an IV line will be placed in your arm. These electrodes are attached to an EKG machine, which allows the doctor to monitor your heart rate and rhythm while you exercise. Through the IV, you will receive an injection of sestamibi, the nuclear medicine imaging agent. Expect to exercise for about six to 10 minutes. When the exercise portion is complete, you will be unhooked from the EKG machine. Soon after, you will be scanned in Nuclear Medicine for about 20 minutes. Total test time is approximately two to two-and-a-half hours.

Day 2 – Do not eat or drink anything within four hours prior to your test. You will need to report directly to the Radiology Department, where you will receive an injection of sestamibi, the nuclear imaging agent, and wait one hour. After the hour, you will be scanned in Nuclear Medicine for 20 minutes. Total test time is approximately two hours.

Sestamibi (Nuclear) Lexiscan

Day 1 – Do not eat or drink anything within four hours prior to your test, and DO NOT HAVE ANY CAFFEINE within 12 hours prior. You will lie down on a stretcher and receive an injection of Lexiscan that will give you the same effect as exercising. You will be monitored by an EKG machine, which allows the doctor to monitor your heart rate and rhythm. You will need to wait one hour and then return to Radiology for your scan. Total test time is approximately two to two-and-a-half hours.

Day 2 – Do not eat or drink anything within four hours prior to your test. You will need to report directly to Radiology, where you will receive an injection of sestamibi, the nuclear imaging agent, and wait one hour. After the hour, you will be scanned for approximately 20 minutes. Total test time is two hours.

Additional noninvasive cardiology services include:

  • Echocardiography including contrast and stress echocardiography
  • TEE – transesophageal echocardiography
  • EKG – electrocardiography
  • Holter monitoring and event monitoring
  • Tilt table testing
  • Ambulatory blood pressure

Cardiac Rehabilitation

The Cardiac Rehabilitation program provides structured rehabilitation services for individuals who have had a cardiac event. The program includes exercise programs monitored by on-site nurses and physicians. The program also offers classes and individual education on aspects of recovery such as nutrition and lifestyle.

Meet the Physician

Don Soucier
Don Soucier, MD
Cardiology