If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 and seek treatment at the nearest emergency department.
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.
Time is muscle. If you’re having a heart attack, quick intervention not only increases your chance of survival, it also helps minimize the damage to your heart muscle and reduces your risk of long-term cardiac trouble, including heart failure.
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 guide wire is inserted to open the blocked vessel in the Cardiac Cath Lab.
Lake Regional's Cardiac Cath Lab treats nearly 1,900 patients annually. Our average door-to-balloon time is 46 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.
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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.