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Heart Care

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.

Heart Attack

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.

Heart Failure

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.

Balloon Angioplasty

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.

Cardiac Stenting

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.

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Placement

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.

Digital Cardiac Catheterization

This minimally invasive procedure examines heart performance via a long, thin tube inserted through a blood vessel.

Coronary Artery Bypass

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.

Heart Valve Repair and Replacement

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.

Mechanical Thrombectomy

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.

Pacemaker Placement

Pacemakers only require a small incision made under local anesthesia. After insertion, most people can return home within 24 hours.

Peripheral Stenting

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.

Peripheral Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Placement

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.

Rotational Atherectomy

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.

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
Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery

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Charles Canver, M.D., FACS
Cardiovascular--Thoracic Surgery

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Peter Dyke, M.D.
Pediatric Cardiology

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Zubair Khan, M.D., FACC

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Muthu Krishnan, M.D., FACC

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Kunle Tosin, M.D., FACC

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The following advanced practice professionals also provide care in our clinics.

Alicia Clark

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Patience McCoy, ACNP, PhD

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Jessica Willis
Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery

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Health Talk with Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgeon, Randy G. Brown M.D., FACS

Heart-to-Heart Resources

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

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