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Heart First Diagnostics

244 Kennedy Memorial Drive, Suite 203, Waterville, 861-5646

You always come first at Inland, and now we’re proud to introduce a health and wellness program that puts your heart first, too. Heart First, a service of Inland Hospital, is Waterville’s Cardiac Connection – offering community preventive cardiology through the providers at Heart First Cardiology Associates, a full range of diagnostic services at Heart First Diagnostics and complete rehabilitation services at The Marden Cardiac Rehab Center, all under one roof. And, Heart First also provides seamless access to Eastern Maine Medical Center, should your heart need more specialized care.

If the doctor says it might be your heart, Heart First Diagnostics has all of the tests necessary to see just what might be wrong and how to fix it.

Heart First Services include:
Diagnosis and Treatment of Coronary Artery Disease
  • Exercise and pharmacologic stress testing with Nuclear and Echocardiographic imaging to diagnosis coronary artery disease
  • Coronary CT Angiography: Alternative to cardiac catheterization to determine presence and extent of coronary artery disease
  • Cardiac catheterization performed by Heart First Cardiologists: Defines coronary artery anatomy and determines treatment options
  • Heart First Cardiologists are the only specialists in Waterville and Augusta to use the Angioseal device after cardiac catheterization. This seals the hole in the artery and allows rapid ambulation and hospital discharge only two hours after cardiac catheterization.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias

  • Holter Monitoring and Event Monitoring: Continuous and as needed monitoring of heart rhythm to diagnose and treat specific cardiac arrhythmias 
  • Pacemaker and Defibrillator monitoring clinic
  • Cardioversion: Medications followed by electrical shock to restore normal heart rhythm
  • Electrophysiology office consultations by Board-Certified specialists to evaluate and treat patients with disabling cardiac arrhythmias
  • Tilt Table Testing: Formal evaluation (available only in Central Maine at Inland Hospital) to evaluate causes of fainting
Diagnosis and Evaluation of All Cardiac Structures
  • Rest Echocardiographic Imaging: Provides evaluation of heart muscle function and heart valve anatomy
  • Transesophageal Echocardiography interpretation
Diagnosis and Treatment of Heart Failure
  • Impedance Cardiography: Simple noninvasive evaluation of cardiac hemodynamics, guides medication adjustments in patients with chronic heart, lung and kidney diseases
  • MUGA Scan: Quantifies heart function and volumes
  • Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP): Treatment for refractory chest pain and heart failure in patients with severe coronary artery disease
Connections to advanced cardiac care at EMMC
Heart First provides a direct link to the Heart Center of Eastern Maine at Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC). Inland has advanced connections to EMMC’s critical care team, providing remote monitoring and expert consultation for hospitalized patients in Waterville. For patients needing more specialized care, EMMC’s Heart Center, just a short 45 minute drive north of Waterville in Bangor, is the only comprehensive heart center north of Lewiston, serving the entire two thirds of Maine.

Heart First has more connections...

The Marden Cardiac Rehab Center

The Marden Cardiac Rehab Center, a part of Heart First, is an 8–12 week professionally supervised program with registered nurses, dieticians, exercise physiologists, pharmacists, and physicians. Patients receive individualized exercise programs and nutrition counseling to help them enjoy an enhanced level of health and well-being. Heart First Cardiologist Kevin White, MD, FACC encourages his patients to participate in the program. “It’s proven that patients who complete rehab have fewer heart attacks, less angina, and live longer.”
For more information, call 861-5591.

Heart First Wellness Programs
We’re committed to helping you and your family keep your heart healthy and whole, and that is why we offer a variety of wellness programs. From blood pressure and cholesterol clinics to educational sessions on living “heart healthy” are all offered on a regular basis. Call us at 861-8030 for more information or to schedule a talk at your company or group.

Vascular Care of Maine at Heart First
Heart First is proud to link to EMMC’s Vascular Care of Maine at Inland Hospital. What this means for our patients is a higher level of treatment from the people who always make sure that you come first. Vascular Care of Maine at Inland Hospital will make sure that your entire circulatory system is operating to keep your heart healthy and strong. For more information, call 861-3350 today.

Diabetes and Nutrition Wellness at Inland Hospital
Inland’s expertise in working with diabetes patients is well-known and highly regarded. Our certified diabetes educators are relentless in their attention to our patients. And because we are also linked with Heart First, our patients will benefit from even more expertise to live well with their diabetes and heart disease. Please call 861-7150 for more information.