Life-Saving Cardiac Care Close to Home — The cardiology team at Weeks Medical Center specializes in diagnosing and treating all aspects of heart disease. Weeks is committed to working with patients to reduce the incidence of heart disease by promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. We believe it is important for heart problems to be identified early, so the treatment will ultimately be more successful.
Heart disease is a range of diseases that affect the heart and blood vessels. They can include coronary disease, heart rhythm problems, and congenital heart defects. Many forms of heart disease can be prevented or treated with a healthy lifestyle as well as diet and exercise.
Expert Cardiac Team
“Recently I had a serious heart emergency and I was so glad to be treated at Weeks. I did my research and Dr. Pelkowski and the Weeks cardiology staff are the experts for me.” —Beulah Johnson
With a commitment to increasing cardiac services, three cardiologists (Dr. David Pelkowski, Dr. Emil Pollak, and Dr. Anil Mukerjee) are board-certified specialists. While patients first see one of the cardiologists, there is a back-up team of medical and administrative professionals who are dedicated to the treatment and prevention of heart disease. The cardiology staff include Linda Bernard, RN (Stress Testing); the ECHO sonographer, Paul Duquette; Tammy Eastman, Medical Assistant; and Administrative Secretary, Cara Colby. Diana Kenison, RN supervises the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program and Rosalie Plunkett is the Therapeutic Physical Therapist.
The cardiology team evaluates patients using the latest techniques, equipment and procedures to determine the nature and extent of cardiac disease to develop a treatment plan that meets the individual needs of each patient.
For information and appointments, please call 788-5206.
The cardiology team uses the latest techniques, equipment and procedures to evaluate the nature and extent of cardiac disease.
Nuclear medicine as performed on a PET/CT scanner (the only one in Coos County) is the administration of isotopes which can track normal and abnormal activities throughout the heart area, offering timely care and treatment.
Echocardiogram is the latest ultrasound equipment using sound waves to create a moving image of the heart. The ultrasound image is far more detailed than a regular x-ray image and involves no radiation exposure.
Cardiac Stress Testing
Cardiologists perform these tests, assisted by specially nurses. While patients walk on a treadmill connected to an EKG machine, blood pressure readings are carefully monitored. The cardiologist evaluate whether any problems encountered can be treated with medications or surgical interventions.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program (6-week, fully-accredited, out-patient) serves patients who have had cardiac-related medical issues such as heart attacks, bypass surgery, coronary stenting, stable angina, heart valve repair or a transplant. The combination of exercise and education programs assist patients in regaining their health and learning how to retain it.
WMC is committed to preventing serious heart disease issues through pro-active community education. The hospital offering a Smoking Cessation Program, as well as an active Diabetes Education Program. Recognizing that childhood obesity is a serious North Country problem, WMC provides a 10-session program call Get in Shape which addresses the needs of overweight school-age children.
“Weeks Medical Center is fully committed to fighting heart disease in the North Country by offering the most comprehensive and compassionate heart care close to home,” says Scott Howe, CEO. “Through a combination of skilled cardiac professions, the most current technology, the best protocols, and community education, we offer our patients life-saving heart care.”