Your 24/7 Heart Care Team
Speed is among the most important factors in a cardiac emergency. The sooner you can get treatment, the better. At Lake Regional, we've invested in an experienced team and the latest technology to deliver life-saving heart care for both urgent needs and ongoing illnesses.
Areas of Expertise
These conditions represent a few of the most common heart-related issues our community faces.
This is caused by sudden blockage in blood flow to heart muscle. Symptoms include tightness or pain in the chest, back or arms, as well as fatigue, lightheadedness and abnormal pulse. This is a medical emergency, requiring quick treatment to save heart muscle.
A chronic condition often caused by coronary artery disease, high blood pressure or diabetes. Either the heart can’t fill with enough blood or can’t pump blood well enough to the rest of the body. Treatment varies depending on severity but can include lifestyle changes, surgery and early intervention.
This chronic heart muscle disease can be hereditary or acquired and comes in multiple forms, including dilated, hypertrophic and restrictive cardiomyopathy. As the disease advances, symptoms like breathlessness, swelling and bloat often occur. Medications and surgery can help control the condition.
Our Care Doesn't End There
Our interventional cardiologists are skilled at treating many other heart diseases and disorders, including: stroke, pericarditis, arrhythmia, atherosclerosis, valve problems and peripheral artery disease (PAD).
Surgery and Treatments
To ensure quality treatment for thousands of heart care patients, our cardiac catheterization lab is updated with the industry's best equipment. Below are some of the surgeries and treatments our experts provide.
A special, dye-assisted X-ray imaging technique for the diagnosis and treatment of heart or blood vessel conditions.
In the event of narrowed arteries, our surgeons can insert a catheter with a small balloon in its tip. When inflated, the balloon flattens plaque against the artery wall, restoring blood flow.
Stents are small, metallic, mesh-like tubes that can be placed inside a coronary artery. They are often used alongside balloon angioplasty to help keep vessels open and improve blood flow to the heart muscle, which also helps reduce angina pain.
This battery-powered pulse generator can help patients with arrythmias restore a regular heartbeat. And for those with fibrillation or sustained ventricular tachycardia, an ICD can prevent sudden cardiac death.
This minimally invasive procedure examines heart performance via a long, thin tube inserted through a blood vessel.
A common and highly effective treatment for severe blockages, bypass surgery creates a detour around clogged arteries and allows blood to move through the heart unobstructed.
When valves are damaged or diseased, the heart has to work harder to pump blood, which can lead to further complications. Valves can be reinforced with a durable annuloplasty band or replaced with a new, artificial valve.
In the event of a stroke, our cardiologists can perform a minimally-invasive surgery with a special, in-vein device that can grab and remove a blood clot, restoring blood flow to the brain.
Pacemakers only require a small incision made under local anesthesia. After insertion, most people can return home within 24 hours.
If a patient is experiencing chronic pain or problems with their arms or legs, peripheral stents can open narrowed or blocked arteries in the extremities.
During end-stage heart failure, an LVAD can help your left ventricle continue pumping blood. These battery-powered, mechanical devices can help those awaiting a heart transplant or can prolong and improve the lives of patients as a long-term treatment.
For calcified plaque, our cardiologists can utilize a small, rapidly rotating device that breaks up tough blockages in the coronary arteries.
Heart Attacks Don't Follow a 9-to-5 Schedule. Neither Do We.
During a cardiac emergency, speed saves lives. And thanks to our 24/7 heart attack response team, we're always ready to answer the call.
A Nationwide Leader in Heart Attack Treatment Speed
In a recent analysis, Lake Regional's median door-to-treatment time was faster than 90% of hospitals in America.*
*According to the American College of Cardiology's CathPCI Registry, LRHS is above the 90th percentile in door-to-balloon time. The metrics on this latest published report were aggregated in March 2022.
Among our many state designations, Lake Regional is proud to be a Level II STEMI Center.
STEMI stands for "ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction," a serious heart attack caused by an obstruction of blood to the heart.
With this designation, Lake Regional is recognized for our ability to provide definitive care to high volumes of trauma, stroke and STEMI patients. We're the only hospital between Springfield and Columbia offering all this care.
Cardiac Catheterization Lab
Our state-of-the-art cath lab is equipped with the industry’s best imaging technology, which helps guide our life-saving procedures.
Meet Your Heart Care Team
Our staff includes board-certified interventional cardiologists, cardiovascular-thoracic surgeons, advanced practitioners, registered nurses and X-ray technologists who specialize in cardiac care.
Randy G. Brown, M.D., FACS
Charles Canver, M.D., FACS
Peter Dyke, M.D.
Zubair Khan, M.D., FACC
Muthu Krishnan, M.D., FACC
Kunle Tosin, M.D., FACC
The following advanced practice professionals also provide care in our clinics.
DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
Patience McCoy, ACNP, PhD
MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Health Talk with Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgeon, Randy G. Brown M.D., FACS
Adjusting to a new health problem or chronic illness takes time. We've developed a number of locally-based programs to help Lake Regional patients cope, adapt and even flourish through the challenges of heart disease.
Mended Hearts Support Group
A heart disease diagnosis can prompt a lot of questions and worries. Join our local chapter of Mended Hearts via Facebook for peer-to-peer support from other heart patients, as well as resources for a healthier life.
Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
Rehabilitation is critical to both recovery and slowing the progress of heart disease. This program connects its users with a team of nurses, dietitians and physiologists who help patients get back on their feet after surgery while building healthy habits for the long term.
Chronic Care Management
For those with multiple chronic conditions, this Medicare-covered service provides extra one-on-one support. Participants are connected with a registered nurse who provides regular check-ins and works as a case manager across health providers.
Cardiac Patient Stories
Every year, our team treats over 1,500 patients in the cardiac cath lab. These are just a few of the people who received life-saving care.
David Ludwig: Survivor's Story
"The chances of survival were pretty slim, but because of the expertise that Lake Regional provided, I was able to get through it."
Bill Manion: Heart Attack Survivor
A recipient of two separate stent surgeries, Bill Manion reflects on his experience with the Lake Regional team, as well as his wife’s triumphant battle with cancer.
JoAnn Chapman: Take Her to The Lake
In the weeks leading up to her heart attack, JoAnn Chapman felt occasional tightness and burning in her chest. But as she was driving through Waynesville, the pain became unbearable. She pulled off the road and called her son Geoff, an EMT. JoAnn told her son something was wrong — then she quit talking.
Geoff called Pulaski County dispatch, then got on the road. By the time he found his mom, she was being loaded into a medical helicopter. He jumped inside, and told them to fly to MU. The flight nurse countered, "You know time is muscle. The lake is 15 minutes closer." Geoff agreed, "You're right. Take her to the lake."
JoAnn's helicopter soon landed at Lake Regional. The heart attack response team met her at the door. And within 15 minutes, cardiologist Zubair Khan, M.D., FACC, had inserted a life-saving balloon and stent to open JoAnn's blocked artery, restoring blood flow. "The people and the care were just wonderful," says JoAnn, who returned to her farm two days later.
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