Heart specialists in Dickson, Tennessee
TriStar Horizon Medical Center in Middle Tennessee provides a full range of services to prevent, treat and help patients recover from heart disease. From screenings to diagnostic cardiac catheterization, from angioplasty to rehabilitation, our cardiovascular services have earned a reputation for excellence. We also give you access to the latest cardiac clinical trials right here in your community.
For a free physician referral or more information, call TriStar MedLine® at (800) 242-5662.
TriStar Horizon has been designated by the American College of Cardiology as an Accredited Chest Pain Center, recognizing our ability to meet stringent guidelines relating to evaluating, diagnosing and treating patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.
Heart screening and imaging
We offer a range of noninvasive cardiac tests to diagnose heart conditions, including:
- Coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA): an imaging process that takes many highly detailed pictures of the heart's chambers and arteries
- Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG): a recording of the heart's electrical activity
- Echocardiography (echo): a test using sound waves to produce real-time images of the heart
- Nuclear medicine studies, such as arteriograms, arthrograms and venograms:imaging tests using a special dye and X-rays to see inside the heart, arteries or veins
- Positron emission tomography-CT, or PET-CT, scans: a test combining a PET scan - a nuclear medicine test - and CT imaging to give detailed information about your heart's health
We perform interventional cardiac procedures as a preventive measure (e.g., to lower your risk of heart disease) or to treat a serious condition (e.g., a heart attack). We also offer diagnostic procedures, which may be recommended to assess your health or check the progress of treatment.
Our cardiac catheterization lab
At TriStar Horizon, we have a dedicated cardiac catheterization (cath) lab. This enables us to diagnose potentially life-threatening conditions using minimally invasive techniques and begin treatment without having to move the patient.
During heart catheterization, a thin, flexible tube is threaded through your blood vessels and into your heart. Catheterization procedures allow physicians to diagnose and treat diseases, such as heart disease, affecting the heart and blood vessels.
In our state-of-the-art cath lab, your cardiologist may perform catheterization to check for cardiac issues, such as:
- Heart defects
- Problems affecting the heart valves and chambers
- Narrow or clogged arteries
Some treatments we perform using catheterization include:
- Angioplasty: repairing or unblocking a blood vessel
- Stent placement: a metal or plastic tube used to help keep an artery open
Because catheterization is a minimally invasive procedure, it is associated with benefits such as shorter hospital stays, faster recovery times and less scarring.
Additional interventional procedures
We offer other minimally invasive interventional surgeries which may be performed in our cath lab or our advanced interventional radiology suite, including:
- Interior vena cava (IVC) filter placement: inserting a small device used to prevent blood clots from moving through your blood into your lungs
- Vascular plaque excision (atherectomy): inserting a device to remove plaque from blocked arteries
- Pacemaker implantation: installing a pacemaker, which is a device used to control abnormal heart rhythms
Emergency cardiac care
Cardiac emergencies, such as chest pain, heart failure, arrhythmias and heart attacks, require quick treatment. Our heart doctors are available 24/7 to diagnose and treat emergency cardiovascular conditions as soon as possible.
Fast treatment for emergency heart conditions
Vascular disease is always a serious medical condition, but it can be life-threatening when it impacts the heart. Our emergency room (ER) is equipped to treat vascular diseases and other serious cardiovascular conditions, such as:
- Blood clots
- Chest pain
- Diseased vessels
- Heart attacks
- Structural problems
Inpatient critical care
After a heart procedure or a cardiac event, a patient may be moved to our intensive care unit (ICU), also called a critical care unit. Our ICU is staffed by highly qualified and experienced medical professionals and every patient room is wired for telemetry. This advanced technology allows us to monitor cardiac patients 24/7. Registered nurses, physicians and many other healthcare professionals collaborate to form a diagnosis, treatment and discharge plan for each individual patient.
Cardiac rehabilitation is a vital part of the recovery process for patients who have had heart surgery. Our rehabilitation services can help with:
- Strength and mobility
- Range of motion
- Breathing exercises
A physical therapist can also recommend exercises and provide wellness advice. This can help reduce your risk of another heart problem and maximize your long-term health as you transition from the hospital to back home.
Arriving for cardiovascular care
TriStar Horizon is south of the Mathis Drive and Henslee Drive intersection. Our address is:
111 Highway 70 East
Dickson, TN 37055
For appointments, you can reach the parking lot in front of our main entrance from Highway 70. To reach the ER, you can turn into the main lot and follow signs to the emergency entrance at the back of the hospital. You can also get to the ER parking lot from Mathis Drive.
Cardiology at TriStar Health
Cardiology is the medical treatment of the heart and parts of the circulatory system as they relate to the heart. Cardiologists specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions related to the cardiovascular system.Learn about Cardiology