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Cardiac Care

Whether you have high blood pressure, heart disease, or are recovering from heart failure or a heart attack, turn to Ephraim McDowell Health's Cardiac Care Services for a comprehensive approach to treating and managing your condition. CardiacCare2

We feature:

* A well-staffed, specialized team of technologists, nurses and board-certified cardiologists
* Facilities accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories
* Advanced technology for diagnosis and treatment, including a state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab

We're ready with the region's most comprehensive and convenient cardiac care center – all here for you!

 

Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center Cardiac Care Services

Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital Cardiopulmonary Services

Ephraim McDowell Heart & Vascular Institute

 

Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC)
Did you know heart attacks have beginnings? These beginnings occur in over 50% of patients. Most importantly, if recognized in time, these beginnings can be treated before the heart is damaged!

Alarming statistics
Heart disease caused approximately one of every six deaths in the United States in 2006.
In 2011, an estimated 785,000 Americans will have a first-time heart attack and an estimated 470,000 will have a repeat heart attack.
Every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event and every minute, someone will die of one.
85% of heart damage occurs within the first two hours of a heart attack. EHAC is knowing the subtle danger signs of a heart attack and acting upon them immediately—before heart damage occurs.

So what are the early symptoms?
Remember, people may or may not experience any or all of these symptoms.

  • Nausea
  • Pain that travels down one or both arms
  • Jaw pain
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Chest pressure, squeezing or discomfort
  • Back pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling of fullness

Also, people may experience mild chest symptoms, such as pressure, burning, aching or tightness. These symptoms may come and go until finally becoming constant and severe.

Information courtesy of the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

 

 Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center Cardiac Care Services

From your neck to your fingertips, Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center has the tools to find and treat all types of cardiac disorders and vascular diseases:

3D Echocardiography - This specialized ultrasound of the heart allows it to be viewed in three dimensions, enhancing the cardiologist's ability to determine if there is any abnormal leaking around the heart.

Peripheral Interventions - Interventional cardiologists deliver specialized care for your peripheral arteries (the arteries in your legs, arms, neck and stomach) to treat the various serious conditions known as peripheral vascular disease.

Cardiac Catheterization/Angiography -These procedures assist doctors in detecting heart and vascular disease. In cardiac catheterization, a small tube (a catheter) is inserted into the arm or groin and passed through blood vessels to the heart, typically to open blocked blood vessels. Angiography, similar to cardiac catheterization, can be performed on almost any part of the body and is used to identify and diagnose damaged structures.

Carotid Artery Screening - This procedure uses ultrasound to determine the presence of plaque in the carotid arteries, which can build up and cause dangerous blockages. It is especially useful for determining your risk for strokes.

Echocardiography - This specialized ultrasound of the heart is used to evaluate blood flow through the heart's valves, heart muscle size, and how well your heart pumps blood.

Electrophysiology - The science of understanding, diagnosing and treating the electrical activities of the heart, such as an arrhythmia. Electrophysiologists work with pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and use ablation on the heart to regulate its electrical activity.

Transesophageal Echocardiograms (TEE) -This test allows the cardiologist to view the internal structures of the heart by inserting a probe (a thin flexible tube with a special tip) down your throat while you are lightly sedated.

Holter Monitoring - Worn on your waist for 24 hours, the monitor uses electrodes attached to your chest to record the heart's electrical activity as you go through your typical activities at home or at work. Cardiologists look at the information recorded by the monitor to identify irregularities.

Stress Testing - Used to show how well your heart muscle is contracting and if portions of it are deprived of blood, the stress test records your heart at rest, and then any changes that occur as your heart rate is increased (either on a treadmill or through use of medication).

BioZ Impedance Cardiography - This non-invasive test helps your physician assess, diagnose and treat your symptoms of heart failure, high blood pressure and pulmonary disease. It uses electrodes attached to your neck and chest to record information about your heart's ability to deliver blood to the body as well as the amount of fluid in your chest as it pumps.

 

 Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital Cardiopulmonary Services

Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital offers inpatient and outpatient services to diagnose and treat cardiac disease. The Cardiopulmonary Department is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a skilled team of experts ready to help you cope with the impact of cardiac conditions.

Services include:

Stress testing - Used to show how well your heart muscle is contracting and if portions of it are deprived of blood, the stress test records your heart at rest, and then any changes that occur as your heart rate is increased (either on a treadmill or through use of medication).

Stress echograms - While your heart rate is increased (as in the stress testing) your heart is evaluated using echocardiography (specialized ultrasound that shows blood flow through the heart's valves, heart muscle size, and how well your heart pumps blood.) The result is a CardiacCare1comprehensive assessment of how well your heart functions both at rest and during times of exertion.

Holter Monitoring - Worn on your waist for 24 hours, the monitor uses electrodes attached to your chest to record the heart's electrical activity as you go through your typical activities at home or at work. Cardiologists look at the information recorded by the monitor to identify irregularities.

Electrocardiogram (EKG) testing - checks for problems with the electrical activity of your heart.

 

 Ephraim McDowell Heart and Vascular Institute

The Ephraim McDowell Heart and Vascular Institute continues the tradition of combining patient-centered care with the best doctors and advanced medical technology. We offer a full range of services for diagnosing and treating diseases of the heart and vascular system.

The Ephraim McDowell Heart and Vascular Institute physicians include Dr. Aslam Ahmad, Dr. John Aumiller, Dr. Gary Grigsby, Dr. Robert Hacker,  Dr. Hussam Hamdalla and Dr. Sharat Koul. These outstanding physicians and their staffs provide some of the most sophisticated cardiac and arterial care available in the commonwealth of Kentucky.

Supported by a hospital recognized as one of the nation’s best hospitals for providing the highest level of quality care for heart attack and heart failure, Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center is home to cardiac catheterization technology that is second to none. The catheterization lab uses three-dimensional imaging technology in conjunction with X-ray technology to offer exceptional image clarity for diagnosing and treating cardiovascular diseases through minimally invasive procedures.

Some of the services available to patients include –

Diagnostic services

  • EKG
  • Echocardiogram
  • Electrophysiology
  • Stress testing
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Holter & event monitoring
  • Carotid ultrasound

Cardiac catheterization & coronary intervention/stenting

Pacemaker evaluation and implant

Peripheral vascular evaluation & arterial intervention

Cardiac rehab

The Heart and Vascular Institute has two locations, within the Specialty Center, located at 216 West Walnut Street and off the bypass at 1250 Ben Ali Drive. Appointments can be made by calling (859) 236-6621.