ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Cardiologists at the University of Michigan Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center are seeing patients on Saturdays, giving those with busy schedules greater access to specialty care and heart testing.
Patients who make Saturday appointments will be able to undergo examinations such as stress tests, electrocardiogram (EKG), or echocardiography, sometimes called an echo test, which can help find the cause of unexplained chest pain.
In addition, patients will have the opportunity to meet with their cardiologist to determine what other treatment lies ahead.
The Saturday clinic will help the U-M meet demand for its nationally ranked heart and vascular care. CVC staff treats more than 6,000 hospital patients each year, and 56,189 patients visit U-M cardiovascular clinics at Domino’s Farms and other facilities in Ann Arbor and surrounding communities.
“The increased access represents a commitment to providing the ideal patient care experience,” says David Pinsky, M.D., the J. Griswold Ruth and Margery Hopkins Ruth Professor of Internal Medicine, chief of the U-M’s Department of Cardiovascular Medicine and a director of the Cardiovascular Center.
“We know patients are interested in having the option to see a cardiologist on Saturdays, whether it’s because of their work schedule or family life,” Pinsky says. “By opening our doors on Saturday, we’re giving more patients access to the care they need.”
The expanded hours will improve access and streamline the discharge process for hospitalized patients and those who come to the Emergency Department with heart trouble.
About half of Americans have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and in the U.S. someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in Michigan and the U.S., and the University of Michigan is helping to meet the demand for quality heart care by recently adding cardiologists and expanding services at health centers in Canton, Livonia, Brighton, Chelsea and Saline, and offering Saturday appointments at its Ann Arbor facility.
Both new patients and current Cardiovascular Center patients have taken advantage of Saturday appointments which began in February and are scheduled 8 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
“For patients who live far away or who need someone else to bring them to the CVC, having Saturday appointments makes a huge difference,” says Carole McGillen, R.N., clinic manager at the Cardiovascular Center. “We’re happy that we can better address the needs of our patients and their families.”
To make an appointment for heart or vascular care, call or email the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center New Patient Coordination Center at 888-287-1082.
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