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Cardiovascular Care

From the Heart: Donald

Donald Peyton from Morton, Pa. suffered a ruptured aorta in Jan. 2016. Hear his story about how Charles M. Geller, M.D., chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Crozer-Keystone Health System, saved his life.

Nationally Renowned Heart and Vascular Care in Delaware County

Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with heart disease or have a chronic heart condition, you want the highest level of cardiac care available. Fortunately, if you live in the area, one of the region’s elite programs is right in your backyard: Crozer-Keystone Cardiovascular Services.

From non-invasive testing and diagnosis to surgery and rehabilitation to valve disorders and heart failure, Delaware County turns to Crozer-Keystone Cardiovascular Services for high quality, outcomes-based and patient-centered heart care.

With a storied history of innovation and achievement, Crozer-Keystone Health System has long been considered one of the region’s leaders in cardiovascular care. We continue to build on this reputation with the addition of skilled new physicians, new technologies and advanced treatment procedures.

Cardiovascular Conditions

  • Arrhythmia: With arrhythmia, also known as irregular heartbeat, the heart can have an irregular rhythm or beat too fast or too slow.
  • Cardiomyopathy: Cardiomyopathy represents a variety of conditions in which the heart muscle becomes damaged and can begin to falter.
  • Congestive Heart Failure: Congestive Heart Failure doesn’t mean that the heart has failed, but rather that the heart isn’t working as well as it should be.
  • Coronary Artery Disease: As heart disease develops, the coronary arteries become narrow due to a build-up of plaque. This raises the risk of heart attack.
  • Heart Valve Disease: Heart valve disease occurs when valves do not close completely or the valve opening becomes narrowed. Some valve defects can be treated with medicine, while others may be repaired or replaced surgically.
  • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension): High blood pressure is one of the major risk factors for heart disease and stroke – if your blood pressure is high, it can damage and weaken your arteries.
  • High Blood Sugar (Hyperglycemia): When you have high blood glucose levels you not only have a higher risk of developing diabetes, but it also increases your risk of heart disease.
  • High Cholesterol: While the body needs some cholesterol for essential functions, having high cholesterol puts you at risk of heart disease and stroke.
  • Vascular Disorders: Crozer-Keystone treats all types of vascular disorders, including aortic aneurysms, carotid artery disease, peripheral vascular disease and varicose veins.

Diagnostic Testing

  • Cardiac Imaging: A variety of medical imaging technologies, including computed tomography (CT), catheterization, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound, can be used to visualize heart function and blood flow.
  • Echocardiogram: An echocardiogram sends ultrasonic sound waves through the skin and other body tissues to the heart tissues to create moving images of the heart walls and valves.
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG): An EKG measures the electrical activity of the heart to show how fast and at what rhythm the heart beats.
  • Electrophysiology (EP) Study: EP studies help our physicians diagnose arrhythmia and syncope by pinpointing heart rhythm disturbances by showing how electrical impulses move through the heart.
  • Heart Monitor: Heart monitors can be used to record your heart rhythm over an extended time and identify abnormal heart rhythms.

Programs and Services


Crozer-Keystone cardiologists prescribe lifestyle changes and advanced heart medications to lower the risk of heart attack, ease symptoms and enhance our patients’ quality of life.


Crozer-Keystone’s Cardio-Oncology Program offers the latest advanced techniques to detect and manage heart disease in cancer patients.


Crozer-Keystone offers a full range of electrophysiology services, including pacemaker implantation, defibrillator implantation and cardiac resynchronization therapy.

Cardiothoracic Surgery

When lifestyle changes and medication are not enough, our cardiac specialists offer many leading-edge surgical procedures for patients with life-threatening heart disease.

Interventional Cardiology

With the help of X-ray guidance, doctors can access the heart by inserting catheters and wires through arteries in the wrist to fix a variety of issues, from blockages in coronary arteries to holes in the heart wall.

Vascular Services

Crozer-Keystone's vascular and endovascular specialists address the conditions that can cause limb loss for those at greatest risk.

Structural Heart Program

The Crozer-Keystone Structural Heart Program is a quality-based, protocol-driven initiative to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of valve and aortic diseases.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Restore your heart with the help of the Crozer-Keystone cardiac rehabilitation team. We offer structured, monitored programs to patients of all health levels.

The Crozer-Keystone Heart Team

With patient and family at its center, the Crozer-Keystone Heart Team brings cardiovascular specialists together to provide education and develop the best treatment plan for each patient. Following a dedicated philosophy of total cardiac care, the Heart Team encourages shared decision making among primary cardiologists, interventional cardiologists and cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons in order to make the care process as efficient as possible.

To ensure that we explore every care option, Crozer-Keystone consolidates vast amounts of information and resources from across the health system with the assistance of Health System Emergency Medical Services and cross-facility protocols. This creates streamlined access to our full spectrum of cardiac care – from electrophysiology and catheterization lab services to heart failure therapies and new surgical techniques – under a single umbrella.

Signs of a Heart Attack

It’s important to know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack – they are life-and-death emergencies when every second counts. There are medications and treatments now available to heart attack victims that can stop some heart attacks in progress, thus reducing disability and potentially saving a life. But, in order for these measures to be effective, the patient must receive them relatively quickly after heart attack symptoms first appear.

Women's Heart Health

There's a common misconception that heart disease is primarily a concern for men, when in fact, the American Heart Association sites heart disease as the leading cause of death in women. It kills more women than breast cancer.

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