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Mount St. Mary's Cardio-Pulmonary diagnostic services encompass three major areas for diagnostic testing. These include Cardiology, Pulmonology, and Neurology. Services are designed to quickly and comfortably identify cardiac, pulmonary, and neurological disease, so that appropriate treatment can begin as soon as possible. Our technology and staff is second-to-none, and our cardio-pulmonary diagnostic department is easily accessible, with prompt, caring service and effective communication with your primary physician. From our cardiac diagnostic stress tests to cardiac rehabilitation, Mount St. Mary's offers advanced continuing care with the personalized attention you need. We’ll help you fight cardiopulmonary disease and get you back on your feet with our cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program.

Mount St. Mary's Heart Associates

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Dr. Benjamin Rueda
Chief of Cardiology 
  Dr. Arif Syed
Cardiologist 

Experienced staff:
Mount St. Mary's employs board-certified physicians who bring extensive experience and a wide range of credentials to the cardio-pulmonary diagnostic unit. Our registered nurses and technicians also offer advanced care and experience in cardiac diagnostic testing.

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Dr. Zina Hajduczok
Cardiologist  
  Dr. James Conley
Interventional Cardiologist  
  Dr. Garwood Leckband
Cardiologist 

Advanced Technology - Diagnostic Capabilities:
Mount St. Mary's uses state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment for identifying cardiac, pulmonary and neurological disease. You will find an ideal setting for testing in our relaxed, private, comfortable rooms. Mount St. Mary's brings to Cardiopulmonary diagnostics a spectrum of services for testing and diagnosing disease including:

The Cardiac Care Center:

  • EKG (Electrocardiogram)
  • Event recording
  • Holter Monitoring
  • Echocardiography
  • Cardiac Stress Testing
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Transesophogeal Echocardiography

Pulmonary Services:

  • Pulmonary Stress Testing
  • Pulmonary Functions Testing
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Respiratory Care Therapy

Neurology Services:

  • EEG (Electroencephalography)
  • EMG (Electromyographic Exam)

For more information about our diagnostic services call the Cardio-Pulmonary Department at 298-2134.

Cardiac Rehabilitation:
The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Mount St. Mary's is designed to assist each client in achieving his or her optimal level of wellness and activity based on his/her personal and individual needs. This is accomplished through supervised, monitored and individualized reconditioning program of exercise, continuing health education and group support. Cardiac Rehabilitation is an outpatient exercise reconditioning program. Classes meet three times weekly and are approximately one hour long. Cardiac Rehabilitation classes include telemetry monitoring of heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure measurements, and education on such topics as:

  • Risk Factor modification (i.e.: smoking cessation, stress, diet)
  • Heart related issues (i.e.: medications, heart anatomy, testing, angina)
  • Dietary consultation available

Physicians are apprised on their patient's progress through monthly reports. Communications are more frequent if necessary. A team of health care professionals offers participants a comprehensive approach to managing their disease. The team includes:

  • Referring Physician
  • Registered Nurse
  • Exercise physiologist/specialist
  • Certified dietician/nutritionist
  • Certified diabetes educator
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Pharmacist

Physician referral is necessary in the program. Clients or referring physicians may call the Rehabilitation Department at 298-3030 for more information.

The program - Pulmonary Rehabilitation:
Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a Phase II outpatient exercise designed to assist each client in achieving his/her optimal level of wellness and activity through a reconditioning program. Classes meet three times weekly and are approximately one hour in long. Classes include monitoring oxygen saturation and heart rate, blood pressure measurements and education on such topics as:

  • Better awareness of signs and symptoms of shortness of breath
  • Energy conservation
  • Controlling anxiety attacks associated with shortness of breath
  • Better understanding of physical limitations
  • Breathing exercises
  • Nutrition and dietary habits of pulmonary clients
  • Medication use

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program helps clients suffering from emphysema, COPD, asthma or restricted disease improve the quality of their lives. Physician referral is necessary to participate in the program. Clients of referring physicians may call the Rehabilitation Department at 298-3030 for more information.


Located minutes from the Canadian border, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital is the hospital of choice for Western New York and Niagara Falls residents.

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