"When it's your heart, you just can't wait."

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Located in our Corporate Woods (Albany) location

The Enhanced Cardiac Access Suite provides same-day evaluations of patients with non-life threatening symptoms such as chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath or rapid heart rate. The ECA Suite allows rapid evaluations utilizing exercise stress tests, heart CT scans, nuclear stress tests, echocardiograms, continuous cardiac telemetry monitoring, and blood work in our on-site blood testing lab.

Board certified cardiologists are available to immediately evaluate patients. They will work closely with the referring physician to develop a plan for the evaluation and treatment that is best suited for each individual patient.

Three years ago, Capital Cardiology Associates (CCA) launched its Enhanced Cardiac Access program.

Located within its Corporate Woods location, Enhanced Cardiac Access (ECA) provides same day evaluations of patients with potential cardiac symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or palpitations.

What if I have to go to the hospital?

If hospitalization is necessary, we will arrange for your admission, and in extreme cases, call for an ambulance. By using our ECA services, you can avoid an unnecessary trip to the Emergency Room and be admitted directly to a hospital bed, or to a cardiac catheterization lab as determined by the cardiologist who evaluates you.

What type of testing do you use?

We can perform a number of diagnostic tests to evaluate your heart function:

• Exercise Stress Test
Nuclear Stress Test
Echocardiography
CTA of the Coronary Arteries
CTA of the Chest
EKG
• Blood Testing

We have state-of-the-art electronic health records (EHR) that allows us to access your records any time and anywhere. EHR records your medications and will send your records to your primary care physician, or any referring physician, and can also give you access to your records through our Patient Portal.

Is this covered by my insurance?

We accept all insurance plans and will work directly with your insurance carrier. Your out-of-pocket copay will be the same as if you were having a routine office visit. Any diagnostic testing we perform will follow the guidelines of your insurance plan, making sure we have prior authorization to perform the tests.

Who do I call if I have any questions after I leave?

You can call the number below and speak with an R.N. who will have access to all your records. The R.N. is a cardiovascular specialist who works closely with the cardiologist and will be able to answer all your questions during normal business hours. During non-business hours a cardiologist is always available for consultation.

Hours and Contact Information: (518) 292-6090
Fax: (518) 292-6088
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:00pm

We will also notify your primary care physician after your visit. The cardiologist who evaluates you will dictate an extensive note. That note, and any diagnostic testing reports, will be sent directly to your primary care physician.

Once you arrive at the ECA, you will be taken immediately to an exam room. Our goal is to have an R.N. evaluate you upon arrival, and then have a cardiologist see you and proceed with any testing they feel is necessary. Since the cardiologist controls the scheduling of diagnostic testing, we are able to minimize your wait time and achieve a rapid diagnosis and plan of care.

The amount of time you spend at ECA will depend on the testing the cardiologist orders. Some tests may take longer than others, and in some cases, more than one test may be required.