Heart & Vascular Services
Over eighty percent of cases at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center are performed through the radial (wrist) approach allowing for faster recovery and minimizes bleeding issues. Heart and peripheral catheterization, angioplasty, and stent placement are performed in the department’s two Cath Labs. Angioplasty is the procedure used to insert and inflate a special balloon to open a clogged artery and improve blood flow to the heart. Stents (mesh tubes) are often used to keep open the blocked artery or peripheral vessel after angioplasty. The Cath Lab is also used for implanting pacemakers (to help the heart beat at a normal rate) and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (to monitor the heart rhythm and return the heartbeat to a normal rhythm when necessary).
Diagnostic services provided include carotid ultrasound; ultrasound of the heart (echocardiogram), carotid arteries, renal (kidney) and mesenteric vessels as well as veins of the legs and arms; Electroencephalogram (EEG); electrocardiogram (EKG); holter and ACT monitoring; stress treadmill/recumbent bike test; nuclear stress test; pulmonary function, segmental pressure, and venous Doppler studies.
The Cardiac Rehab program (phase 2 and 3) is designed to help patients understand coronary artery disease, risk factors, and lifestyle adjustments. In addition to an educational component, Cardiac Rehab includes one hour of exercise three times per week for twelve weeks. During each exercise session, the staff monitors the patient’s heart rate, blood pressure and EKG readings. Exercise therapy, supervised by cardiac rehab nurses and exercise specialists, is provided on treadmills, stationary bicycles, and on the indoor walking track.
Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center has received national accreditation in vascular services (ICAVL), echocardiography (ICAEL), and cardiac rehab services (AACVPR).
For more information, please call 812-996-0553.