We serve patients from across the suburbs of Philadelphia, who have various
heart conditions and require specialized care. We hope this section of
our website will provide you with the information you need as you prepare
for the care you or a loved one will be receiving from the Cardiac Care
program at Lower Bucks Hospital.
We treat patients with heart failure, or congestive heart failure (CHF),
by taking a diverse approach that emphasizes lifestyle changes along with
advanced treatments and management of contributing conditions such as
diabetes and hypertension.
We offer a number of various programs and services, but most of the time
your care journey will begin with heart tests. These tests help us understand
your condition and explain why you are experiencing symptoms such as shortness
of breath or chest pain. Once we have been able to diagnose your condition,
we offer a number of interventions, as well as typical surgical procedures
to help improve your quality of life.
“Lower Bucks Hospital focuses on improving quality of life and longevity
for each one of our patients with heart failure”
At Lower Bucks Hospital we focus on medication management and preventive
measures, heart failure interventions may include:
- Diagnostic cardiac catheterization
- Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), or stenting
Heart failure is a lifelong condition that requires long-term care. Our
goal is to effectively manage your symptoms and dramatically reduce the
rate of hospitalization and readmission associated with your disease.
Leading the way in preventive care, Dr. Shahzad Ahmed is focused on helping
patients identify risk factors for cardiovascular diseases and prevent
the development of serious conditions. He is board certified in Cardiovascular
Disease, Internal Medicine, and Interventional Cardiology Cardiac. With
these medical backgrounds, he can provide preventive cardiology, non-invasive
treatments, and insight on cardiovascular disease.
to learn more about Dr. Shahzad Ahmed.
To schedule an appointment with a Lower Bucks Hospital Heart specialist
Dr. Shahzad Ahmed, call (215)
To schedule an appointment with any of Lower Bucks Hospital Heart specialists,
785-9343 or (215) 785.9690 for questions.
Cardiology Catheterization Lab
The cardiovascular lab is located on the first floor at Lower Bucks Hospital.
In this area, routine cardiac catheterization procedures are performed.
This is when a catheter is placed in an artery in your hip or arm and
threaded through to your heart to look at the blood supply to your heart
and how your heart is functioning. The lab also performs balloon angioplasty
or stent procedures to “open up” blocked arteries supplying
blood to the heart as well as other catheterization procedures that are
used for diagnostic or therapeutic reasons.
Other staff working in the cardiovascular lab include specially-trained
nurses, medical radiation technologists, cardiovascular technologists,
and cardiologists. The medical radiation technologists in this lab will
primarily monitor the use and movement of the sophisticated x-ray equipment.
Heart catheterization allows diagnostic imaging and minor heart procedures
A catheter is a thin, flexible tube that is used to access the heart. The
tube is inserted into a vein, most commonly in your arm, leg or neck,
and is moved up through an artery (large vein) into your heart. From there
your doctor is able to make assessments of the heart, identify problems,
and conduct certain procedures.
Cardiac catheterization, may be used for:
Angiography – an imaging procedure that allows the doctor to see high-quality
photos of the heart and coronary arteries
Biopsies – a procedure to obtain a tissue sample from the heart to examine
it under a microscope for heart disease
Coronary angioplasty and stenting – a procedure involving a balloon that helps widen the arteries
and restore blood flow; stents keep the arteries from closing or collapsing again
A heart catheterization also allows the doctor to check the pressure of
the four chambers of the heart, check the function of the heart, and check
for atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
Cardiac catheterization usually takes place in a hospital setting. It is
not a painful procedure though you may experience some aching or pain
in the vein after the catheter is removed. You will be awake throughout
the process, but you will receive medication to help you relax. Your doctor
will discuss everything with you in advance.
Depending on the results of your catheterization, your doctor may advise
additional treatments or in some cases may recommend surgery as the next step.
Conditions and treatments
The Cardiac Care program at Lower Bucks Hospital specialized care for patients
in suburbs of Philadelphia who have been diagnosed with conditions of
the heart and blood vessels. This care includes a number of specialized
treatments and procedures for a range of conditions.
Treatments and Procedures
Cardiac catheterization is a procedure we use to diagnose and treat heart
conditions. During this procedure, a thin tube is threaded through your
blood vessels into the right or left side your heart. This allows your
doctor to do diagnostic tests or provide you with certain treatments.
Cardioversion is a procedure that may be offered to you when you experience
an abnormally fast heart beat that makes you feel tired and unwell. Conditions
such as atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter may be the reason why you
have been referred to Lower Bucks Hospital to have a cardioversion procedure.
A pacemaker is a small device (about the size of a wrist watch) that is
implanted under the skin in your chest. A pacemaker may be used if your
doctor has determined that your heart may beat too slowly or if it has
the potential to slow down occasionally.
Cardiac Diagnostic Testing
Heart tests are the many different tools that we use to figure out what
might be causing your symptoms. The nature of your symptoms will also
help us determine which tests to run. Heart tests are done in the Diagnostic
Imagining Department located on the ground floor at Lower Bucks Hospital.
The easiest way to find Diagnostic Imaging is through the hospital’s
main entrance off Bristol Road. Security at the main desk will be able
to help you find your way.