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; echocardiogram; electroencephalogram (EEG); electrocardiogram (EKG); holter and King of Hearts monitoring; stress treadmill/recumbent bike test; pulmonary function, segmental pressure, and venous Doppler studies.
Memorial Cardiovascular Services
Located in the Heartland Cardiology Building at 440 Scott Rolen Drive in Jasper, Memorial Cardiovascular Services include outpatient diagnostic cardiac studies such as carotid ultrasound; echocardiogram; EKG; holter monitoring; segmental pressure study; and stress treadmill/recumbent bike test. This staff provides Cardiovascular Screening (AAA/PAD/Stroke) Screening, PAD Screening, and Stroke Screening, which do not require a physician’s referral.
The Cardiac Rehab program 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, NuSteps, Elliptical Trainers, and on the indoor walking track. Phase 3 Cardiac Rehab is available for graduates
of the Phase 2 program.
Angina Heart Therapy – EECP
This seven-week, non-invasive outpatient treatment uses state-of-the-art, enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP®) to create new pathways around blocked arteries near the heart by expanding networks of tiny blood vessels. By increasing the flow of blood to the heart, EECP® treatment can reduce or eliminate the frequency and intensity of chest pain, decrease the need for medication, and greatly improve the ability to participate in the activities of daily living.
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.