Cardiac Services

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

Exceptional Care

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

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.





Ron White was halfway up a flight of steps when he realized he was in trouble. "I got to the eleventh step, and I had to stop, I couldn't breathe," Ron says. In the days that followed, tests revealed a life-threatening cardiac condition that required open heart surgery and several weeks of rehab. Today, thanks to the exceptional care of the Lake Regional Cardiac team and rehabilitation specialists, Ron can look forward to a long and active life. Click the video to watch Ron's full story.


Cardiac Catheterization

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 completion of this process 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.

Learn how local EMS providers, Lake Regional Emergency Department staff, Cath Lab staff and cardiologists, work together to ensure Lake Regional's heart attack care is beating the clock. 

Adult cardiothoracic and vascular treatment

  • aneurysm screening and treatment
  • cardiac bypass
  • heart valve repair and replacement
  • peripheral vascular evaluation
  • angiography
  • intervention surgery
  • cardiac catheterization
  • open heart surgery
  • cardiac rehabilitation
  • pulmonary rehabilitation
  • home health care   

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 take place 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.