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Heart and Vascular Center

In addition to helping you take care of your heart with preventative programs, Fauquier Health offers cardiac screenings and emergency care, and is a Certified Primary Stroke Center and Chest Pain Center.

Emergency Department

Fauquier Hospital's Emergency Department is equipped to handle cardiac emergencies. Call 911 if you think you or a loved one is having a heart attack or a stroke.

Fauquier Hospital is a Certified Primary Stroke Center recognized by the Joint Commission.

Fauquier Hospital's Emergency Department is an accredited Chest Pain Center.

Cardiovascular Testing

Cardiopulmonary and Vascular Services at Fauquier Hospital offers an array of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for both inpatient and outpatient clients with cardiac, neurological, vascular and respiratory conditions. This department consists of five specialty areas that are equipped with state-of-the-art technologies.

Cardiac Services offers many cardiac diagnostics, including:

  • EKG’s and Holter monitoring for infant, pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric populations with cardiac symptoms or conditions
  • Cardiac stress testing, treadmill, pharmacological, nuclear, stress echocardiograms for adolescent, adult and geriatric clients
  • Thirty-day cardiac event monitoring and tilt-table testing for diagnosing neurocardiogenic syncope for clients aged 16 years and older.
  • Fauquier Hospital recently added Bicycle Ergometer Stress Testing.

Fauquier Health's cardiac and vascular care has been recognized by The Joint Commission. Whether it's a cardiac emergency or testing you need, Fauquier Health provides excellent care close to home. Questions? Contact 540-316-2407.

Interventional Radiology

Interventional radiology (IR) is a subspecialty of radiology. By combining the most advanced technology with the fundamentals of patient care, interventional radiologists are able to use image-guided (minimally invasive) procedures to diagnose and/or treat certain heart conditions.

During an IR procedure, the interventional radiologist uses fluoroscopy (X-ray), computed tomography (CT) or ultrasound images to guide small instruments, such as catheters, through the vascular system or through the skin into organs to perform diagnostic or therapeutic procedures. Interventional radiology procedures may replace open surgical procedures, which is a big benefit for our patients. Since there is no large incision, there is usually less risk, less pain and a shorter recovery time.

The Fauquier Health interventional radiology team includes board-certified radiologists with advanced training in interventional procedures, experienced nurses with backgrounds in critical care and emergency medicine and radiologic technologists, with specialized training in interventional radiology.

Interventional radiology is an important component in many areas of patient care. This rapidly advancing field offers safer and more comfortable choices with improved outcomes for our patients.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Fauquier Hospital’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is a medically prescribed exercise and education program for seniors, and others who have had a heart attack or heart surgery or who have stable angina or other forms of cardiovascular disease. A physician referral is required for cardiac rehab and most insurances cover the program cost.

The key to the cardiac rehab program is professionally supervised exercise. Each patient’s heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure and exercise intensity are carefully monitored during the exercise session by registered nurses or exercise physiologists. Insurance companies typically cover 6 to 12 weeks of rehabilitation. Referring physicians receive progress reports about halfway through the program and at the end of the program.

We also offer group education classes to the patients and their families. We discuss topics such as exercise, nutrition, heart anatomy and physiology, stress management, risk factor management and medications. Patients can also meet one-on-one with our registered dieticians.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation program is located within Fauquier Hospital’s wellness facility, the Wellness Center, located at 419 Holiday Court, Suite 200. For more information please call the staff of the cardiac rehabilitation program at 540-316-2651 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Vascular Lab

Peripheal Vascular offers venous duplex, carotid doppler and arterial studies for the adolescent, adult and geriatric patients with vascular problems or conditions.

We also offer vascular screening, used to detect the presence of mild-to-severe disease. There are three screenings, carotid artery plague for stroke, abdominal aortic aneurysm screening and peripheral vascular disease screening ankle-brachial index screening. Anyone wishing to arrange a screening may call 316-5800 to schedule. No physician order necessary and the screenings are self-pay only. After a physician interprets the tests, the results are mailed to the client. The client can then take the results to their physician. For questions contact 540-316-2605.

The Vascular Lab at Fauquier Hospital also offers screenings every Wednesday. The cost is $50 each for each of three individual tests or $125 for all three. Call the lab at 540-316-5800 to register for an appointment.

Stroke Care

Fauquier Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals. The accreditation award recognizes Fauquier Hospital’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards for stroke care.

A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated the hospital’s stroke program for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

Medical Imaging

Two modalities within our Medical Imaging Department support the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac, vascular and neurological disease.

CT scans utilize a fan-beam of X-ray (radiation) to produce thin, cross-sectional images of any part of the body. The scans are highly diagnostic and very useful for determining the presence of disease or trauma. CT scans are critical in the diagnosis of strokes (in the brain), blood clots (in the lungs) and most all diseases of the chest, abdomen and pelvis.

A Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring (CACS) scan can detect early signs of heart disease. This is non-invasive diagnostic exam is performed on our low-dose CT scanner and produces highly specialized images of the heart. A board-certified radiologist evaluates the images for calcium (calcified/hard plaque) within the coronary arteries. The measure of plaque is measured against the average, taking age and gender into account. The amount of calcium detected is highly predictive of the amount of coronary atherosclerosis. A physician's order is required. Call 540-316-5800 to schedule.

Your doctor may order a heart CT scan to look for certain conditions, including:

  • congenital heart disease, or birth defects in the heart
  • buildup of a hard substance known as lipid plaque that may be blocking your coronary arteries
  • defects or injury to the heart’s four primary valves
  • blood clots within the heart’s chambers
  • tumors in or on the heart

MRI scans employ a magnetic field and radio waves (no radiation) to create extremely detailed images of the body's internal structures (especially the brain and spinal cord, other soft-tissue structures, and the vascular system).  Among its many applications, MRIs can be used to further evaluate the presence of a stroke or other vascular or neurological disease.    

Fauquier Health Sleep Center

The Fauquier Health Sleep Center supports physicians and patients through diagnostic and treatment, providing physicians with comprehensive and timely study interpretations, informational support on sleep-related issues and complete follow-up services through state-of-the-art computerized equipment that simultaneously monitors 16 to 20 biological and neurological factors.

The Sleep Center can perform full diagnostic and treatment testing for sleep apnea (cessation of breathing, frequently associated with snoring), periodic limb movements (uncontrollable leg and/or body movements) and narcolepsy (uncontrollable sleep attacks). Sleep deprivation can result in excessive daytime sleepiness and cardiovascular problems, including high blood pressure, heart rhythm abnormalities and stroke.

Patients are referred to the center for testing by their physician. Sleep studies at the center are considered a hospital outpatient service and are typically covered by most major health plans. Call 540-316-2660 for more information.

Billing/Insurance Information

For more details on billing and payments, go to: The Billing Process: What You Need to Know.

More Information

For questions about cardiac physicians in the community, call the Physician Referral Line at (540) 316-3588.