Every heart deserves special care 

The skilled cardiologists and heart specialists at Ascension are here with you when you need heart and vascular care. 


Specialty heart care close to home

In Michigan, our experienced cardiovascular specialists provide the care that is right for you. Your health shouldn't wait, even now. Ascension doctors are now providing virtual (telehealth) visits so that you have more options for care. Call your Ascension doctor first to discuss whether a virtual visit is an option for your care. If it's not, know that our commitment is to keeping you safe while you're receiving care from us. 

While certain things have been postponed, it’s important for you to talk with your doctor if you have been delaying care. Because delaying care may impact your health. Ascension heart doctors and care teams can help you plan when and how to get the care you need. Whether you're coming to us with a cardiac emergency, or we're monitoring and treating a chronic condition such as AFib, our care starts by listening to understand you. Then we're able to deliver the care that's right for you. With cardiologists and vascular specialists trained in the latest heart care testing, treatment and procedures, and as part of a national network, you have access to advanced heart care close to home.

Getting the right care at the right time is critical for your health. Find a doctor and ask if a virtual or telehealth visit is available for your first visit. 

Are you at risk for heart disease?

Healthy arteries are flexible and wide until the blood flow is blocked, making them stiff and narrow. This condition is called coronary artery disease (CAD).

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most common type of abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia). Having an irregular heartbeat can greatly increase a person’s risk for heart attack and stroke. Irregular heartbeat may be caused by many things, such as high blood pressure and sleep apnea. Other risk factors matter too.

If you have a family history of CAD or AFib you may be at risk for heart disease.

How to get a second opinion for heart and vascular care

Whether you’re dealing with a new diagnosis or deciding on a cardiac treatment plan, there’s a lot to think about when facing a serious cardiovascular health issue. If you’re looking for a second opinion, cardiologists at Ascension are here for you. 

For instance, heart surgeons at Ascension provide solutions for leaky heart valves and structural heart damage. Our heart valve specialists are available for a consultation to answer your questions about TAVR (transcatheter aortic valve replacement).

We can help match you with the right cardiologist or heart and vascular specialist. Ask if a virtual or telehealth visit is available for your second opinion appointment.

Before your appointment, you should check with your insurance company to find out if a second opinion is covered or required. Ascension can request your medical records from your doctor on your behalf, so that they can be shared with your care team before your arrival. 

To get a referral to a doctor for a second opinion, call 866-501-3627.

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Schedule a heart scan

A heart scan is a non-invasive, imaging test. In some situations, calcium can build up in your arteries, causing a blockage or restriction of blood flow to your heart. A heart scan can detect any presence of a calcium buildup. Once this buildup is detected, a “calcium score” is calculated. When combined with your other health information, your calcium score helps to determine your risk of coronary artery disease.

Heart scans are not covered by insurance. The cost is $75 in Detroit and mid Michigan, and $99 in west Michigan


Heart Care in Mid-Michigan
When it comes to your heart, Ascension care teams in MId-Michigan are close to home, delivering the care you need at Ascension Genesys Hospital in Grand Blanc and Ascension St. Mary's Hospital in Saginaw.  

Heart care, personalized for you

To schedule a heart scan, please call:

***A heart scan is not for everyone. It is not recommended for routine screening of people who do not have symptoms of heart disease and have a low risk of heart attacks. Heart disease risk factors include hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity, tobacco use, family history of heart disease.***

Heart Care in Southeast Michigan
When it comes to your heart, Ascension care teams in Southeast Michigan are close to home, delivering the care you need. 

Heart Care in West Michigan
When it comes to your heart, Ascension Borgess care teams in West Michigan are close to home, delivering the care you need in Kalamazoo.


Balancing care with caution

Compassionate care means safe care. At Ascension, we are committed to keeping you and your family safe while you’re receiving care in our ERs, hospitals, clinics and facilities. We have strict safety precautions in place — such as limiting visitors, staggering appointments, rearranging waiting rooms, making more online appointments available, and performing rigorous procedures to clean and disinfect. We are fully prepared for your safety when you're in our care.

Frequently asked questions

What services are provided by a cardiologist? 
From routine care to complex heart conditions, our heart doctors and care teams are here for you. They take the time to understand you and your health to provide heart care that’s right for you. Our total care approach uses a range of care options from preventive heart care to complex and advanced surgical techniques. Our doctors are also part of a national network of specialists, sharing best practices and advanced treatment options for more complex heart conditions. 

What heart conditions does a cardiologist treat? 
Our cardiovascular specialists diagnose and treat diseases of the heart. We work with you to make a personalized care plan that helps preserve your independence while helping to slow heart disease and prevent complications. Our heart doctors and care teams can help treat a range of conditions such as atherosclerosis, atrial fibrillation, arrhythmias, congenital heart disease, coronary artery  disease, congestive heart failure , high blood cholesterol and triglycerides, and hypertension. 

What are symptoms of a heart attack? 
A heart attack doesn’t always start with severe chest pain. There may also be symptoms like shortness of breath, lightheadedness, nausea, or discomfort in the neck, jaw or arms. If you or a loved one is experiencing the warning signs of a heart attack, don’t wait to get emergency care. ERs at Ascension hospitals are open 24/7. 

Are there virtual options available for cardiologist appointments? 

Virtual (telehealth) visits may be appropriate for some of your visits with your cardiologist so that you get the care you need without leaving home. When you call to schedule, ask about the right option for your care.

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Our facilities are currently taking precautions to help keep patients and visitors safe, which may include conducting screenings, restricting visitors and practicing distancing for compassionate, safe care. We continuously monitor COVID-19 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and adjust our safety practices and safeguards accordingly.