Cardiac Services

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 and seek treatment at the nearest emergency department. 

Lake Regional offers full-service adult cardio-thoracic and vascular treatment, including aneurysm screening and treatment, cardiac bypass, heart valve repair and replacement, as well as peripheral vascular evaluation, screening, angiography, intervention and surgery.

Exceptional Care

Lake Regional patients with certain types of heart attacks are treated 40 minutes faster on average than the national guideline.

Door-to-balloon time is the interval between when a patient with ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) arrives in the emergency department and when a catheter guidewire is inserted to open the blocked vessel in the cardiac cath lab. Lake Regional’s Cardiac Cath Lab treats nearly 1,900 patients annually.

Lake Regional’s average door-to-balloon time is 46 minutes; the national guideline recommends this process be completed within 90 minutes of a patient’s arrival at the hospital. According to the American College of Cardiology, the national average door-to-balloon time is 60 minutes.

Click here to learn how Lake Regional's Emergency Department, cardiologists, Cath Lab staff and local EMS providers are working together to ensure Lake Regional's heart attack care is beating the clock.


Emergency Care

Lake-area residents and visitors who suffer from heart disease can receive comprehensive cardiovascular care at Lake Regional, including:


Diagnostic Testing

Holter monitors (ambulatory electrocardiograms) test the electrical activity of your heart while you go about daily activities. Because some heart problems only occur during specific activities, like exercise, this continuous, 24-hour recording is likely to detect any abnormal heartbeats. Patients may be asked to keep a diary of events while wearing the monitor. For information, contact Lake Regional’s EKG Department at 573-302-2235.

Stress tests (exercise electrocardiograms) record the electrical activity of the heart through mechanical (during exercise) or chemical (using certain medications) means. Tests are conducted while a cardiologist is present, and the results will help your physician prescribe a safe amount of exercise for you. Stress tests are conducted in the Radiology Department on the first floor of Lake Regional Hospital. For information, call 573-348-8363.