The heart is the engine of the human body. Just like any engine, it needs to be maintained. Tri-County Health Care has expanded its cardiology partnership with CentraCare to bring heart health closer to home. This expansion streamlines the services CentraCare provides weekly.
“Working with Tri-County Health Care has been an excellent opportunity to bring our services to people that really need them. I look forward to the continued growth of this partnership as we add new procedures to our already robust cardiac services in the region,” said Wade Schmidt, M.D.
CentraCare is one of the leading providers of heart and vascular care in the nation. In an annual ranking, which evaluates nearly 5,000 hospitals, U.S. News & World Report ranked the hospital in the country’s Top-50 for cardiology and heart surgery. The rankings are based on outcomes, experience, nurse staffing, patient services and more.
“We are excited to team up with the top-ranked staff at CentraCare’s Heart & Vascular Center,” said Jose Alba, Chief Ambulatory Officer at Tri-County. “This expands access to service and provides heart health close to home for all of the communities Tri-County Health Care serves.”
This expansion introduces new cardiac services in Wadena. The cardiology department will offer diagnostic testing like EKGs, Holter monitoring and vascular ultrasounds. Providers can also answer questions about complex heart-related procedures and provide consultation.
“The partnership between Tri-County Health Care and the CentraCare Heart and Vascular Center will elevate the level of cardiac care provided to the people of Northwest Minnesota. This collaboration will bring access to advanced cardiac care with seamless follow up close to home,” said Executive Director Phil Martin of CentraCare Heart and Vascular Center.
You should consult a cardiologist if you’re experiencing chest pain, high blood pressure, shortness of breath, palpitations, dizziness or have diabetes. Seeing a cardiologist can also be beneficial if you have a history of smoking, high cholesterol, or plan to start an exercise routine.