Heart Care Services
From Basic Heart Care to Open Heart Surgery and Everything in Between.
Our dedicated cardiologists and heart care team are pleased to offer a complete line of heart care including:
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm treatment
- Heart Monitoring
- Stress Tests
- Echocardiograms (Echo)
- Cardiac Catheterization
- Transradial Cardiac Catheterization
- Open Heart Surgery
- Balloon Angioplasty
- Thrombectomy (Clot Removal)
- Atherectomy (Plaque Removal)
- Stent Placement
- Defibrillator Placement
- Pacemaker Placement
- Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
- Cardiac Rehabilitation
Stress testing to evaluate chest pain. The patient walks on a treadmill at increasing grades and speeds while the EKG is monitored. Chemical stress tests, when medicines are administered to stimulate the heart, are offered in many cases. Both tests are designed to show if chest pain is heart-related.
Ultrasound to detect abnormalities of the heart muscle, valves, and to measure blood flow and chamber sizes.
A procedure to evaluate patients with chest pain or heart irregularities. Also called an angiogram, thin catheters are threaded through blood vessels in the arm, wrist, or groin into the heart, and contrast dye is injected to allow cardiologists to see inside the heart and the vessels. This procedure is used to see how the heart is functioning and if there are any blockages in the arteries feeding the heart muscle.
Transradial cardiac catheterization
Patients undergoing one of cardiology's most common procedures, cardiac catheterization, are typically required to lie nearly perfectly still on their backs for about four hours to reduce the chance of a serious bleeding complication. With a new approach that proponents say is much more comfortable and safer for patients, Ozarks Medical Center cardiologists are increasingly initiating catheterization in the wrist, known as transradial catheterization.
Open Heart Surgery
When angioplasty and stents are not an option, open-heart surgery may be recommended to bypass blocked arteries. During heart bypass surgery, healthy blood vessels are taken from a patient’s leg and used to create a detour around blocked coronary arteries.
Balloon Angioplasty and Stent Placement
At the same time of your cardiac catheterization, blockages found can be treated. Thrombectomy uses a special catheter and removes blood clots from your heart arteries. Balloon angioplasty is used to push the blockage outward against the wall of the heart artery. Atherectomy uses a special catheter that cuts out the blockage. Stent Placement positions a sleeve-like metallic scaffold to hold the heart artery open. You may have one or all of these techniques performed in order to promptly relieve chest pain and reduce the risk of heart attack or death.
An Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) treats life-threatening heart rhythms by a shock to the heart, correcting the abnormal rhythm. Besides “zapping” the heart back to a normal rhythm, ICDs generate milder electrical impulses that can artificially regulate or “pace” the heartbeat.
Permanent Pacemaker Placement
Placed under the skin in the upper chest attached to soft, flexible wires leading to the heart to help keep regular heart rhythm intact when the patient's own system slows or fails. Can be programmed using a special computer.
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
PAD occurs most often in the arteries in the legs, but it can also affect other arteries that carry blood outside the heart. People with PAD have a two to six times greater chance of death from a heart attack or stroke. The good news is PAD can be treated. The same treatments performed on your heart can be performed for PAD. The most common signs of PAD include fatigue, tiredness, or pain in your legs, thighs, or buttocks when you walk but goes away at rest; a foot or toe pain at rest that often disturbs sleep; or skin wounds or ulcers on your feet that are slow to heal. If you think you have PAD, see your health care provider.
Patients who have suffered a heart attack had balloon angioplasty, stent placement had open-heart surgery or valve replacement may be referred to OMC Cardiac Rehabilitation Services. The cardiac rehab gym includes treadmills, exercise bikes, and weight-lifting equipment. Trained staff are on hand at all times to assist patients with monitored exercise, education, and emotional support.
Ozarks Healthcare uses an advanced non-surgical technique to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms. The procedure is called endovascular stent grafting. During the procedure, a catheter, which is a long, very thin plastic tube that carries a stent graft, is placed into an artery in the groin. Using advanced imaging, the physician guides the catheter to the area of the abdominal aortic aneurysm. The graft is then positioned inside the aorta, re-routing the blood flow through the graft, thereby relieving the pressure on the aorta and keeping it from expanding and rupturing. The catheterization procedure is much less invasive than a traditional surgical approach, in which a large incision is made in the abdomen and the aneurysm is opened and repaired with a synthetic graft.
Know the warning signs of a heart attack and symptoms.
The key to quick treatment is to know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. They are:
- chest pain
- chest tightness or chest pressure
- pain in one or both arms
- pain in the neck or jaw
- shortness of breath
If you experience these symptoms or are present when someone else does, you should call 911 immediately.