Division of Cardiology
The Cardiology Division's mission is to discover, disseminate, and apply knowledge to improve heart health and reduce the burden of illness on society. In realizing our mission, Cardiology’s doctors, researchers and staff are committed to serving the people of Georgia, the nation, and the world by:
Preparing the health professional workforce of the future
Conducting research through programs that create, disseminate, and apply new knowledge relevant to heart health
Providing exceptional, innovative, patient-centered healthcare services
Contributing to the economic development and well-being of the State of Georgia through integrated programs in education, research and clinical care
Cardiology studies the diagnosis and disorders of the heart and circulatory system. The Medical College of GeorgiaMCG maintains a standard of excellence in the areas of: cardiovascular imaging, general cardiology, consultative cardiology, interventional cardiology, peripheral cardiology, and electrophysiology.
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Anomalous coronary artery found in the syncopal workup of an elderly manSyncope, defined as a transient loss of consciousness, is seen in 1% of all visits to emergency departments and urgent care clinics in the United States. Syncope is categorized as cardiogenic, neurologic, or psychogenic. Anomalies of the coronary arteries are rare, and anomalous coronary arteries present as syncope more often in the young than in the elderly; syncope rarely occurs in patients 65 years of age and older. There are 2 major variants of coronary anomalies. In the first variant, the left main coronary artery arises from the right aortic sinus. In the second variant, the right coronary artery arises from the left aortic sinus. The risk of sudden death is higher in patients with the left coronary artery arising from the right aortic sinus. We present a case of an anomalous coronary artery discovered during the syncopal workup in a 66-year-old man because no such cases have been published in the United States. We will discuss the management of anomalous coronary arteries as well as a systematic approach to the diagnosis and management of syncope.