Cardiac Services

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

Exceptional Care

At Lake Regional, our cardiac care team is committed to exceeding national standards for patient care. Patients who suffer from heart disease receive comprehensive cardiovascular care, including cardiac catheterization, open heart surgery and cardiac rehabilitation. Emergency cardiac services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at Lake Regional.

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

Lake Regional's Cardiac Cath Lab treats nearly 1,900 patients annually.

Our average door-to-balloon time is 50 minutes; the national guideline recommends this process be completed within 90 minutes of a patient's arrival. According to the American College of Cardiology, the national average door-to-balloon time is 60 minutes.

Door-to-balloon time is the interval between when a patient with ST segment elevation myocardial infarction, known as STEMI, arrives in the emergency department and a catheter guidewire is inserted to open the blocked vessel in the cardiac cath lab.

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.

Lake Regional offers full-service adult cardiothoracic and vascular treatment, 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.

Know the Signs of a Heart Attack           

Not all heart attacks begin with sudden, crushing chest pain.

Possible symptoms include:           

  • Shortness of breath
  • Arm, neck and/or jaw pain
  • Unusual fatigue Nausea/vomiting
  • Light-headedness or dizziness
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat

Think you're at risk for heart disease? Talk to your primary care physician or call 573-348-8385.