The Heart Center of Niagara

The Heart Center of Niagara


  • An all new Cardiopulmonary Rehab Center
  • State-of-the-art Diagnostics and Imaging
  • 1st & only Cardiac Catheterization lab in Niagara County*
  • Inpatient Cardiac/Stroke Care Unit

The 1st and Only Cardiac Catheterization Lab* in Niagara County

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*In partnership with Catholic Health, Kaleida Health and Erie County Medical Center

the heart center of niagara

The Heart Center of Niagara is a comprehensive cardiac care facility that emphasizes full circle of heart care. 

Medical services at The Heart Center of Niagara are provided by one of the area's most respected cardiology groups, Great Lakes Cardiovascular/General Physician, P.C.  Their cardiologists help patients dealing with disorders of the heart, including the treatment of congenital heart conditions, valve disorders, coronary artery disease, and other heart conditions.

The Heart Center and its providers offer diagnostic, clinical and invasive cardiology services including:

  • Cardiology Consultations
  • Coronary artery disease management
  • Congestive heart failure management
  • Cardiac stress testing & Holter monitoring
  • Echocardiograms, nuclear medicine and peripheral vascular imaging

New Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory*

The new cath lab will provide diagnostic and interventional procedures such as cardiac angiograms, coronary angioplasty and coronary stent implantation to open narrow or blocked coronary arteries and will be available 24/7/365 for both scheduled and emergency procedures.

 *In partnership with Catholic Health, Kaleida Health and Erie County Medical Center

Diagnostic Imaging and Testing

Cardiopulmonary Rehab Center

Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary artery disease is caused by plaque buildup along the walls of the coronary arteries, the arteries that supply blood to your heart. Over time, the plaque buildup could cause narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries, a major reason for a heart attack. This build-up is called atherosclerosis. This makes it difficult for blood to deliver oxygen to vital organs and the brain and can also lead to blood clotting. Coronary Artery Disease is the most common heart disease and leading cause of death in the U.S. For both men and women.

Risk Factors of Coronary Artery Disease

Risk factors include:

  • Being overweight
  • Unhealthy eating
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Age
  • Family history of heart disease
  • Diabetes

Symptoms of Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary Artery Disease tends to lead to other complications and conditions, and may be the root cause. Some general symptoms include:

  • Upper body discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or upper part of the stomach
  • Shortness of breath, which may occur with or before chest discomfort
  • Nausea (feeling sick to your stomach), vomiting, light-headedness or fainting, or breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Sleep problems, fatigue (tiredness), or lack of energy
  • Heart Failure – When the heart fails to pump the proper amount of blood that your body needs. You may notice more fatigue, shortness of breath and swelling of the ankles and legs.Heart Attack – When oxygen is entirely cut off to a section of the heart due to blockage.
  • Arrhythmia – When there is an issue with the rate and rhythm of your heart. It tends to “skip beats”.

However, if you have the following, it may be due to Coronary Artery Disease:

Diagnosis of Heart Failure

Talking to your doctor is the first step in heart failure diagnosis and treatment. If a patient complains about any of the above symptoms, their doctor will ask about medical history, more information on symptoms and then conduct a physical exam. If the doctor believes there's a chance heart failure is the problem, further tests may be taken, including:

Stress Test . You'll be hooked up to monitoring equipment and slowly build up your physical exertion on a treadmill by starting to walk, then working up to jogging and other conditions such as incline. The doctor will see how the heart and body react to sudden changes in physical activity.

Electrocardiogram (EKG) or Echocardigraphy (echo). Both are used to test the heart's structure, motion and pumping rhythm. The EKG uses electrical pulses to read the heart, while the echo uses sound waves. These are both painless. 

DiagnosticImaging. Your doctor my do a chest X-Ray or PET/CT scan to determine the functionality of the heart.

Cardiac Catheterization. A tube is inserted in a blood vessel in your upper thigh or arm, with the tip of the tube positioned at the heart or arteries that supply the heart. A contrast dye is injected through the tube, which can be picked up by X-Rays. The pictures that are produces are called angiograms, and give an overview of how the heart, arteries and cardiovascular system are working. 

Treatment for Coronary Artery Disease

Most treatments are non-surgical and include medication, lifestyle changes, or just ongoing care. In severe cases, surgery or device implants may be necessary.

It's important to know that while it is difficult to live with a chronic condition, many people go on to live happy and active lives. Typically, the people who get the full benefits of treatment and support are the patients willing to change their lives, stick to their treatment and properly manage their condition.

For more information

Consult with your primary doctor if you think you have symptoms of heart disease and contact the Heart Center at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for more information about screening and treatment for Coronary Artery Disease by calling (716) 278-4300.