Virginia Beach, VA - July 8, 2004 – Sentara Heart at Sentara Bayside Hospital opens front and center. Newly relocated just steps away from the main entrance, cardiac patients at Sentara Bayside Hospital will find all heart services—including diagnostics, rehabilitation, education materials, a Cyber Café providing internet access, and even registration—consolidated in one easy-to-reach location beginning July 14.
The expanded heart diagnostic and rehabilitation center opens its doors with more space than ever in the new 3,000 s.f area where patients enjoy more convenience, available appointments, and privacy.
The expanded cardiac area at Sentara Bayside Hospital now offers the full spectrum of testing including electrocardiogram (EKG), Holter/event monitoring to detect irregular heart rhythms, exercise and nuclear stress tests, as well as echocardiogram, stress echocardiogram, and transesophageal echocardiogram to detect heart pumping function. Appointments will be available sooner to an increased number of patients requiring heart diagnostic testing with the addition of two new procedure rooms for diagnostic testing, and patients will also enjoy greater convenience and privacy with the addition of separate patient areas used before and after procedures.
"Treatment starts with good diagnosis; having a convenient and expanded heart diagnostic center within easy reach makes all the difference to both our new and recovering heart patients," said cardiologist Anilkumar R. Patel, MD.
With the whirr of stationary bikes and a rowing machine in the background, more cardiac rehab patients will be learning about lifestyle changes including diet, exercise, and risk factors in the larger space. Two more cardiac rehab patients who live or work nearby will be easily accommodated in each session increasing the total of appointments to about 16 each day.