Cameron Medical Group has always been dedicated to providing world-class treatment to those residing in and around Angola. To accomplish this, Cameron offers patients a compassionate, forward-thinking, and highly skilled cardiologist with vast experience in cardiac care.
Our goal is to provide exceptional cardiac service and care to our community and surrounding area, making high-quality cardiology specialty services and care more accessible locally.
Meet Dr. Varner
Dr. John Varner DO FACC, has more than two decades of experience with a special interest in Cardiovascular and Heart Rhythm care. Dr. Varner is helping Cameron provide its patients with highly sophisticated, state-of-the-art cardiovascular care. Cameron Medical Group’s addition of Dr. John Varner only solidifies our ongoing commitment to excellence.
Cardiac Care Services We Provide
Dr. Varner along with his team of seasoned healthcare providers offers patients a variety of services that range from stress tests and diagnostic imaging to the typical outpatient clinic visit.
Our team takes a collaborative approach to the management of cardiac conditions, such as heart failure and acute exacerbations, atrial fibrillation/flutter, arrhythmias (bradycardia, tachycardia), syncope, stroke prevention, and chest pain.
When needed, our cardiology care team can perform both inpatient and outpatient procedures including:
- Insertion of loop recorders
- Temporary pacemakers
- Pacemaker and ICD implants (including Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy for heart failure management)
- Generator changes and upgrades
Same-day discharge may be available for outpatient procedures.
State-of-the-Art Heart Care & Diagnostic Testing
The goal of a cardiologist is to prevent the onset of heart issues, manage current heart issues, or discover heart issues early on. To accomplish these goals, Cameron’s cardiology team uses state-of-the-art diagnostic tests.
Diagnostic Tests Include:
- Echocardiogram, TEE
- Stress testing
- Nuclear studies
- Loop recorder insertion
- Tilt table testing
- Defibrillator testing
Conditions Our Cardiology Team Can Diagnose and Treat
- Chest discomfort or pain (angina).
- Stable angina.
- Heart attacks.
- Coronary artery disease.
- Heart failure.
- Heart palpitations.
- Peripheral vascular disease.
- Genetic heart disease.
- Risk factor management.
- Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
- High triglycerides.
- Elevated cholesterol levels.
- Sports cardiology.
- Preventative cardiology.
- Heart rhythm disorders.
- Valvular heart disease (mitral, aortic and tricuspid valves).
Cameron Cardiology address every aspect of cardiac care, from educating patients to diagnostic testing and invasive cardiac device procedures.
Onsite Cardiac Device Clinic & Ambulatory Clinics
Cameron’s onsite Cardiac Device Clinic offers patients cardiac device monitoring both in-person and remotely. Our Ambulatory Clinics provide general cardiology care and cardiac clearance for procedures or surgery, as well as community outreach through screenings and educational initiatives.
The type of cardiovascular care we offer at Cameron is rarely found in rural areas. Cameron Cardiology helps patients prevent cardiovascular-related diseases and improve their heart health. In addition, at Cameron, we have diagnostic tools available to verify or rule out cardiac issues.
The Cameron Cardiology team uses our expertise to treat illnesses and conditions affecting the heart. To make your appointment with one of our highly-skilled, compassionate team members, please contact Cameron today.
Understanding Your Cholesterol Levels
Cameron Cardiology believes that knowing your numbers such as Cholesterol, Ejection Fraction and Blood pressure can help you be aware of your risk factors for heart disease. Cameron Cardiology can help you get, understand, and manage these numbers. Let’s start with a basic definition: Cholesterol is a waxy substance. It’s not inherently “bad.” Your body needs it to build cells and make vitamins and other hormones. But too much cholesterol can pose a problem.
Cholesterol: The Good and The Bad
Two types of lipoproteins carry cholesterol to and from cells. One is low-density lipoprotein, or LDL. The other is high-density lipoprotein, or HDL. A test measures the amount of each type of cholesterol in your blood.
LDL (Bad) Cholesterol
HDL (Good) Cholesterol
HDL cholesterol can be thought of as the “good” cholesterol because a healthy level may protect against heart attack and stroke.
HDL carries LDL (bad) cholesterol away from the arteries and back to the liver, where the LDL is broken down and passed from the body. But HDL cholesterol doesn’t completely eliminate LDL cholesterol. Only one-third to one-fourth of blood cholesterol is carried by HDL.
Triglycerides are the most common type of fat in the body. They store excess energy from your diet.
A high triglyceride level combined with high LDL (bad) cholesterol or low HDL (good) cholesterol is linked with fatty buildups within the artery walls, which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.
A condition where the arteries become narrowed and hardened due to buildup of plaque (fats) in the artery wall. Symptoms vary depending on the clogged artery. It can be a slow, lifelong progression and can get worse as you age, requiring medications, testing or interventions. Knowing your risk factors, causes and potential lifestyle modifications can slow the progression.
What is Ejection Fraction?
Ejection fraction (EF) is a measurement, expressed as a percentage, of how much blood the left ventricle pumps out with each contraction. An ejection fraction of 60 percent means that 60 percent of the total amount of blood in the left ventricle is pushed out with each heartbeat.
This indication of how well your heart is pumping out blood can help to diagnose and track heart failure.
Normal Ejection Fraction
- A normal heart’s ejection fraction may be between 50 and 70 percent.
- You can have a normal ejection fraction measurement and still have heart failure (called HFpEF or heart failure with preserved ejection fraction).
- If the heart muscle has become so thick and stiff that the ventricle holds a smaller than usual volume of blood, it might still seem to pump out a normal percentage of the blood that enters it. In reality, though, the total amount of blood pumped isn’t enough to meet your body’s needs.
Low Ejection Fraction
- An ejection fraction measurement under 40 percent may be evidence of heart failure or cardiomyopathy.
- An EF from 41 to 49 percent may be considered “borderline.” It does not always indicate that a person is developing heart failure. Instead, it may indicate damage, perhaps from a previous heart attack.
- In severe cases, ejection fraction can be very low.
Learn ways to improve your low ejection fraction.
Common Heart Conditions
*Risk factor management involves identifying, addressing, analyzing, and managing the risk associated with current medical conditions or the risk of developing future conditions based on family medical history. Medical compliance is important when decreasing risk factors.
A Quick Guide to Blood Pressure Levels
High Blood Pressure or Hypertension is when the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your blood vessels is consistently too high. Let’s take a look at how you can easily determine if your blood pressure is at a normal level:
- Normal: upper number is less than 120 and lower is number is less than 80
- Elevated: upper number is 120-129 and lower number is less than 80
- High (Hypertension): upper number is 130-139 or lower number is 80-89
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Cardiologist?
A cardiologist is a licensed physician who specializes in cardiology services to diagnose and treat diseases affecting the heart and cardiovascular system.
What is a Stress Test?
A stress test is a cardiology services testing method used to examine your heart during physical activity to help determine blood flow problems within the heart, coronary artery disease, heart arrythmias. In some situations, a medication may be given to mimic the effects of physical exercise.
What is Nitroglycerin Used For?
Nitroglycerin is used to treat chest pain or pressure when there is reduced blood flow to the heart. This drug dilates the arteries of the heart, improving blood flow which reduces how hard the heart has to work, thus potentially relieving symptoms.
Meet Our Cardio Care Team
John A. Varner, DO, FACC
John A. Varner, DO, FACC, is an experienced board-certified cardiologist. Before joining Cameron Medical Group, Dr. Varner served 12 years at Munson Medical Center in Northern Michigan and recently served over two years at Lutheran Medical Group in Fort Wayne. Dr. Varner completed his undergraduate degree at Alma College and his graduate degree at the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa. He completed his residency and cardiology fellowship at Botsford General Hospital. Dr. Varner was drawn to medicine from an early age due to the impact a physician can have on a community and his desire to help others within his community. When Dr. Varner is not seeing patients, he can be found spending time with his wife, children and four dogs. Dr. Varner currently sees patients as Cameron Cardiology in the Medical Office Building.
Heather Connelly, RN, BSN
Heather Connelly, RN BSN, is the director of Cameron Cardiology and Medical-Surgical Services. With over 20 years of cardiac experience, Heather brings vital knowledge to Cameron Cardiology. Heather has leadership experience in ambulatory, procedural and diagnostic service with an emphasis in electrophysiology, atrial fibrillation, and cardiac rhythm management. Heather was drawn to medicine at an early age. In college, she gravitated towards anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology. She felt like nursing was always the right fit for her. When out of the office Heather can be found enjoying outdoor activities with her husband, two kids, and their German Shepard. Her favorite thing about Cameron is the culture, everyone is warm and caring, and everyone is genuinely happy to be here and shows in their work.
Chris Fraze, RT (R)
Chris Fraze, RT (R), is the Cameron Cardiology and Device Clinic Coordinator. Chris has nearly 30 years of experience in interventional cardiology. Chris’s passion for medicine is demonstrated in his ability to help others while working as a team to provide safe, quality care. When not in the office, you can find Chris working out, boating, or spending time with his wife, daughters, and the family dog. His favorite thing about Cameron is the people – everyone is so caring, nice, and always willing to help anyone they encounter.
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