To keep pace with the need for interventional cardiac care, Health Central has invested in an additional cardiac catheterization lab to provide faster diagnosis and a higher level of patient care. Now, cardiac patients can be diagnosed and treated without having to leave Health Central. When there’s a heart-related emergency calling for ballooning or stenting of coronary vessels, we’ve got you covered 24/7/365.
Lifesaving Cardiac Care
Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. A Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious disability according to the American Heart Association. Health Central believes that prevention is as important as treatment and we can assist you in making informed lifestyle and healthcare choices to keep you well. Health Central Cardiology provides services that range from Cardiac and Pulmonary rehabilitation to a stress and sleep lab. Prevention information and overall cardiac knowledge including risk factors, warning signs and where to go are extremely important to the health of our community.
Patients experiencing ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI), a heart attack with a blocked coronary artery, will receive the fastest, most advanced care possible with the new Code STEMI program at Health Central. This severe heart attack is caused by a prolonged period of blocked blood supply that carries a substantial risk of death and disability if not for a quick response by many individuals.
With the implementation of the Code STEMI program, interventional cardiologists now provide around-the-clock care and begin the appropriate process when a heart attack patient is en route to the hospital.
Health Central's full-service Emergency Transport and Paramedic Services operate in a 210-square mile area with a fleet of 13 ambulances and one quick response vehicle. After receiving a possible coronary heart attack patient, the Health Central Paramedics will alert the ED staff.
Upon arrival, the STEMI patient will be given a verification EKG within 5 minutes. Security and members of the ED team will then immediately escort the patient to the onsite Cardiac Catheterization Lab where that team is already assembled and waiting to provide the vital life-saving treatment that will restore proper blood flow to the heart.
Outpatient Cardiac Care at Health Central includes the following services and programs:
- Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiac Catheterization Labs
- Echocardiography, Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE) & Stress Echocardiography
- Ambulatory Electrocardiography (EKG)
- Exercise Stress Testing, Nuclear Stress Testing & Pharmocolgical Stress Testing
- Tilt Table Testing
- Digital Sleep Lab
- Cardiac Rehabilitation & Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- Cardiac Patient-Focused Support Groups
Warning Signs of Cardiovascular Distress include:
- ANGINA: a feeling of tightness, pressure, or pain that appears with exertion or stress and disappears with rest. Usually felt in the chest, throat, upper abdomen, or arms.
- SHORTNESS OF BREATH: difficulty breathing, whether you're exerting yourself, at rest, or asleep.
- EDEMA: swelling of your ankles, usually at the end of the day.
- PALPATATIONS: forceful, rapid, or irregular heartbeat.
- FATIGUE: decreased ability to exercise, tiring easily.
- FAINTING: sudden loss of consciousness or lightheadedness.
Cardiac Catheterization Lab
In 2003, the percutaneous vascular program was started to help patients benefit from the newest and most minimally invasive technology available, while retaining the ability to perform traditional open surgical procedures to correct Peripheral Arterial Disease. These newer techniques allow patients to recover faster, and can be performed in the Catheterization Lab under local anesthesia rather than in the Operating Room under general anesthesia.
2009 brings another landmark milestone was achieved at Health Central Hospital with our ability to treat patients with cardiac and vascular problems by utilizing intravascular ultrasound and thrombolysis, with the latest in balloon, wire, and stent technology. Health Central Hospital's interventional cath lab patients will rest well in the newly renovated CardioVascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU), a unit designed to care for interventional recovery and high-risk vascular and cardiac patients.
To date, Health Central Hospital has performed hundreds of minimally-invasive peripheral vascular procedures and, along with our staff of seasoned physicians, will continue to grow to meet the needs of our community.