Heart and Vascular

Heart and Vascular Health Care 


Southern Tennessee Heart and Vascular is home to Dr. Roderick Meese, one of the south's premier cardiovascular specialists. Based in Winchester, TN, Dr. Meese was recruited to come and serve the cardiovascular health care needs of Winchester, Sewanee, Decherd, Monteagle and the surrounding communities. From irregular heartbeats and coronary artery disease to conditions affecting arteries and viens throughout the body, he is the leader in helping patients effectively manage heart and vascular disease through both medical and surgical care. 

No two paitents are alike. That is why Dr. Meese evaluates each patient and develops a care plan for the whole individual, not just the disease or condition. He strives to bring together the latest research and most advanced technologies to provide the world-class cardiac care right here in southern Tennessee. 

Southern Tennessee Medical Group offers a full continium of heart care services from preventing, diagnosis, treating and managing a host of cardiovascular diseases or conditions. 

Lawrenceburg - Pulaski 

Located in Lawrence County, Tennessee, Southern Tennessee Heart serves the men and women living in and around th border towns of north Alabama and southern Tennessee. Led by Board Certified cardiologist, Dr. John Kristofich, Southern Tennessee Heart is quickly becoming the epicenter of innovation in heart health care in the south.

Dr. Kristofich is trained to provide a number of different therapies to manage heart disease, ranging from diet and lifestyle recommnedations to medication therapy to sophisticated catheter-based interventions. If you are researching an issue that you fear may lead to heart disease or failure, please call and schedule an appointment today. 

Services Include: 

Cardiac Imaging 

Cardiac CT : A cardiac CT scan provides an extremely detailed image of the heart. It is often used to detect structural heart issues and calcium build-up in the coronary arteries, which can suggest a clocked coronary artery. 

Echocardiography: We use ultrasound waves to create an image of the heart. This allows oour doctors to observe the size and function of all the heart's chambers, evaluates the valve works and detect abnormalities. 

Cardiac Catheterization : During the procedure, the patient is sedated and Dr. Meese inserts a long thin tube through the femoral artery to the coronary arteries. A contrast dye is injected allowing our cardiologists to see the flow of the dye through the blood vessels using an X-ray video. This helps determine if a patient has a blockage. 

Nuclear Imaging : Nuclear imaging uses an injectable tracer to track blood flow to the heart and is useful in detecting blockages and viewing how blood flows through cardiac tissue. 

Stress Testing : Stressing the heart in a controlled environment while being montiored by a heart care expert is great way to identify the potential for heart disease or other dangerous conditions. Typically a patient walks on a treadmill with the pace increasing at regular intervals. During this time, the patient's blood pressure, heart rate and electrocardiogram is monitored closely. 

General Cardiology 

Our Cardiologists work with a patient's primary care physician to diagnose any heart condition and recommend a treatment regimine. In some situations, minimally invasive therapies such a pacemakers, defibrillator placement or catheter-based balloon and stenting of blood vessels may be necessary . We manage the following cardiology based health conditions: 

  • Arrhythmias 
  • Congestive Heart Failure 
  • Coronary Artery Disease and Angina 
  • Heart Attack 
  • High Blood Pressure 
  • High Cholesterol and other Lipid Disorders 
  • Valve Disease 
  • Vascular Disorders 

Heart Rhythm/Electrophysiology

Our cardiologists have specialied training in diagnosising and treating heart rhythmn disorders and irregular heart beats. We use a number of advanced technologies and techniques for diagnosising and management.  Including: 

  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Ventricular Tachycardia 
  • Syncope
  • Antiarrhthmic Medications 
  • Electrophysiology Studies 
  • Ablations 
  • Holter Monitors, Event Monitors 
  • Pacemakers 
  • Implanted Cardioverter Defbrillators 
  • Intracardiac Echocardiograms  

As one of the most advanced cardiovascular physician practices in the region, our cardiologists offer a wide variety of cardiac services making Southern Tennessee Medical Group the starting point for patients concerned about prevention or dealing with conditions related to deteriorating heart health. We're the local heart health experts! 

We Feature: 

  • Comprehensive Cardiac Care Programs 
  • Board  Certified and Board Eligible Specialists 
  • Convienent Locations in Southern Tennessee 

We understand that the ongoing managment of chronic heart conditions can be challenging. That's why we are proud to offer a highly trained staff that can walk patients through scheduling procedures and follow-up appointments, getting answers to any questions they may have and navigating the insurance process. 

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