Franciscan Physician Network Indiana Heart Physicians- PCH Cardiology Clinic

Putnam County Hospital offers comprehensive heart care in a comfortable and convenient setting for patients and their families. Franciscan St. Francis is renowned for providing outstanding advanced heart care, landmark research and innovative heart treatments. Together, both Putnam County Hospital and Franciscan St. Francis are making access to heart care easier and more convenient with board-certified cardiologists seeing patients five days a week.

Indiana Heart Physician, a Franciscan Physician Network practice, cardiologists include: Michael D. Barron, MD, FACC; Ryan P. Daly, MD, FACC, FASE; Sree K. Paleru, MD, FACC; Derrick J. Plahn, DO and Vijay U. Rao, MD, PhD, FACC, FASE.

To make an appointment with one of the board-certified physicians, Monday through Friday, please call 800-992-2081.

ASPIRE: Tobacco Cessation Program

Aspire is a multifaceted tobacco cessation program designed to help people break free from addiction and move toward a healthier life. The program is FREE to all Putnam County residents, courtesy of The Putnam County Health Department.

Using a non-judgmental, personalized approach, Aspire will help you:
• Find renewed confidence in your ability to quit.
• Develop a personalized quit plan.
• Manage withdrawal symptoms.
• Learn to cope with your triggers to smoke.
• Learn new skills to remain tobacco free.

Tobacco plays a big part in your daily routine, and addiction to nicotine can make it feel impossible to quit, but we can help you live a tobacco-free life.

The Aspire program includes individual counseling sessions, group education and access to a support group. Each of these components will take place at Putnam County Hospital via a video link. Topics covered in group education include:
• History of tobacco use
• Understanding addiction
• Stress management
• Nutrition and weight management

Quitting tobacco can be tough, but with education, accountability and support, your chances for success will increase dramatically.

Using medications can double your chance of success. Reducing cravings and symptoms of nicotine withdrawal makes it easier to focus on quitting, but knowing which product to use can feel overwhelming. Our tobacco treatment specialists and physicians will help you choose the product that is best for you.

Call (317) 528-QUIT (7848) to learn more about the program or to make an appointment.

In addition, the Indiana Tobacco Quit Line offers support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you need additional support outside normal business hours, give the Quit Line a call at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
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Cardiac Rehabilitation

“What do I do now?” is often asked after people have experienced a cardiac event. It can be overwhelming for patients and their loved ones. Putnam County Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness program is designed to help you develop strategies for a positive recovery. Through a medically supervised education and exercise program, patients can minimize the effects of heart disease on their daily lives and reduce the risk for future heart problems. Our program includes exercise, education and emotional support. A component in your emotional recovery is the support and camaraderie shared with other rehab participants. As patients exercise together, they share experiences and concerns, and encourage each other as they move forward to becoming their personal best.

Our Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness staff also assists physicians in completing a variety of diagnostic cardiac tests and monitors.

For more information regarding our Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness program and services, you may call 765-655-2580

Cardiac Rehab Patients

Phase II Patient

Phase II is a monitored exercise program which typically includes 24-36 visits. This program is designed to assist the patient in regaining strength and endurance after a cardiac event. The Phase II program includes:

  • Dietary consult
  • Diabetes education
  • Pharmacy consult

 

Phase III Patient

Phase III is an elective phase, where the patient exercises on his or her own. Nurses continue to monitor blood pressure, heart rate and weight. The cost of the Phase III program is $40 a month.

 

Monitors and Testing

Event Monitors

Event monitors are special recorders which can be worn for many days. When symptoms such as dizziness or irregular heartbeats occur, the patient presses a button which activates a recording of the heart rhythm. This type of testing is especially useful when symptoms are rare, or when they could not be recorded with a Holter Monitor.

Holter Monitors

A special tape recorder is typically worn for 24 hours. It records each heartbeat for that period. It is particularly helpful in evaluating patients suspected of having abnormal heart rhythms or who have symptoms such as dizziness and/or fainting.

Nuclear Stress Testing

Nuclear scans are intended to evaluate the function of the heart muscle and/or the blood flow to the heart muscle. A very small, safe amount of radioactive material (isotope) is injected into the blood stream. As the isotope travels to the heart, a special camera records the radioactivity in the form of images which are stored in a computer. This testing may or may not involve your walking on a treadmill. Your physician will determine which type of testing is appropriate for you.

Pharmacological (Exercise) Stress Test

A stress test is a very useful screening procedure that is conducted while you exercise. It measures how well your heart functions under the stress of physical activity. Progressive exercise increases the heart’s demand for blood and oxygen. The stress test provides more specific information than a resting electrocardiogram (EKG) about how your heart and coronary arteries are functioning.

A Pharmacological Stress Test could also be used for those persons not able to walk on the treadmill. This test would include placement of an IV with an injection of an agent that increases your heart rate to determine your heart’s ability to function under stress.

Stress Echocardiogram

This procedure is performed to evaluate your heart muscle performance with exercise. It combines ultrasound images of the heart with walking on a treadmill. EKG patches will be applied to your chest which will monitor your heart rate and rhythm during the procedure.

For more information regarding our Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness program and services, you may call:

Diabetes Consult: Annette Handy – 765-655-2283
Jamie Downen – 765-658-1405
Kyle Johnson – 765-658-2751

Other Services

Dietitian Consult: Jamie Downen – 765-658-1405

Pharmacy Consult: Kyle Johnson – 765-658-2751

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Exercise Stress Test

A stress test is a very useful screening procedure that is conducted while you exercise. It measures how well your heart functions under the stress of physical activity. Progressive exercise increases the heart’s demand for blood and oxygen. The stress test provides more specific information than a resting electrocardiogram (EKG) about how your heart and coronary arteries are functioning.

A Pharmacological Stress Test could also be used for those persons not able to walk on the treadmill. This test would include placement of an IV with an injection of an agent that increases your heart rate to determine your heart’s ability to function under stress.

Pharmacological Stress Test

Nuclear scans are intended to evaluate the function of the heart muscle and/or the blood flow to the heart muscle. A very small, safe amount of radioactive material (isotope) is injected into the blood stream. As the isotope travels to the heart, a special camera records the radioactivity in the form of images which are stored in a computer. This testing may or may not involve your walking on a treadmill. Your physician will determine which type of testing is appropriate for you.

Stress Echocardiogram-This procedure is performed to evaluate your heart muscle performance with exercise. It combines ultrasound images of the heart with walking on a treadmill. EKG patches will be applied to your chest which will monitor your heart rate and rhythm during the procedure.

For more information regarding our Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness program and services, you may call:

Diabetes Consult: Annette Handy – 765-655-2283
Jamie Downen – 765-658-1405
Kyle Johnson – 765-658-2751