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Dr. Crystal Walker

Cardiologist Crystal Walker, M.D. joined Athens-Limestone Hospital in February during American Heart Month 2015. In this article, she shares with us about the most common heart-related pains that warrant a call to your doctor’s office or to 911.

Dr. Walker says she most frequently hears patients describe their heart pain as a “burning or pressure” in the center of their chest. It is also not uncommon for the pain from the center of the chest to radiate down an arm or up the neck.

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Services Provided Include:

Consultation

Outpatient consultations in our office and inpatient consultations at Athens-Limestone Hospital.

Echocardiography

We provide comprehensive Echocardiography services including transthoracic and transesophageal studies using our new Philips IE-33 machine and S7-2 Omni TEE Probe. We are also now performing contrast echocardiograms to improve visualizations of cardiac structures in difficult studies.

Stress Testing

We offer a wide array of stress testing options using our Siemens Ecam camera for nuclear studies.

  • Exercise ECG stress test (no perfusion)
  • Exercise nuclear stress test (with myocardial perfusion)
  • Lexiscan nuclear stress test (with myocardial perfusion)
  • Dobutamine nuclear stress test (with myocardial perfusion)

Dual Head Nuclear Camera

We offer Diagnostic Imaging on our new state of the art dual-head Nuclear Gamma Camera matched with the newest cardiac e-cam software.

Cardiac Catheterization

Dr. Ramesh performs diagnostic cardiac catheterizations at Huntsville Hospital. We work closely with The Heart Center interventionalists and cardiac surgeons at Huntsville Hospital as well as Vanderbilt University Medical Center in order to provide the highest level of care to our patients.

Arrhythmia Services

Holter and event monitors are provided through our office. We also run a device clinic for routine interrogation of pacemakers and cardiac defibrillators.

Cardiac Computed Tomography

Advanced cardiac imaging is performed using the 64-slice Toshiba Aquilion CT Scanner at Athens-Limestone Hospital. Coronary calcium scoring, non-invasive coronary angiography and detailed evaluation of cardiac structures (i.e. poor echo windows) are some of the common indications for cardiac CT studies.

Vascular Studies

Patients with cardiac disease often have peripheral and cerebro – vascular disease. Therefore we offer carotid ultrasound and ankle – brachial index studies.

Meet Our Doctor

Dr. Crystal Walker

Cardiologist Crystal Walker, M.D. joined Athens-Limestone Hospital in February during American Heart Month 2015. In this article, she shares with us about the most common heart-related pains that warrant a call to your doctor’s office or to 911.

Dr. Walker says she most frequently hears patients describe their heart pain as a “burning or pressure” in the center of their chest. It is also not uncommon for the pain from the center of the chest to radiate down an arm or up the neck.

Further, Walker suggests that a feeling of heaviness associated with activity, be it athletic or just a stroll up the stairs, is doubly alarming. And if it feels like “an elephant is sitting on your chest,” whether constant or intermittent, do not hesitate to immediately call 911, as this may be a sign of a heart attack.

Also, anyone diagnosed with diabetes should be especially attuned to any kind of shortness of breath or chest pain they are experiencing. However, it is important to understand that not everyone experiencing heart problems will have the same symptoms. For instance, women should recognize that their heart problems may manifest in atypical symptoms such as neck, back, jaw or arm pain. Although these seem unrelated to heart troubles, women experiencing consistent neck, back jaw or arm pain should consult with their practitioner. Dr. Walker states that these atypical symptoms are the most neglected of serious heart pains, as well as the most frequently misdiagnosed.

The bottom line for maintaining a healthy heart is that any new or consistent pain warrants a call to your care provider. Don’t ignore them, and don’t be afraid to talk to a loved one if they express some of these recurring symptoms. Spend your year getting the message out about healthy hearts!

If any of these troubling chest or heart pains sound too familiar to you, visit Athens-Limestone Hospital for thorough service by a knowledgeable and community driven staff. Dr. Walker and her team are not only careful to listen to your every need, they are dedicated to bringing patients a continuity of care through quick follow up appointments and communication with other hospitals.

Medical School University of Alabama School of Medicine (2004)

Residency Program University of Virginia Hospitals (2007)

Fellowship Program University of Maryland Medical Center (2010)

Limestone Heart Center collaborates with North Alabama Research Center and enrolls patients in appropriate clinical cardiovascular research trials. This offers some of the latest and emerging therapies to our patients.

Opening hours

Monday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Thursday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address

 

101 Fitness Way, Ste. 2700

Athens, AL 35611

Phone : 256-233-9273

Fax : 256-216-1920

Email : info@companyname.com

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