At Atrium Medical Center, heart care takes many forms. Treating a heart attack. Placing a stent. Correcting an irregular heartbeat. Surgery. Rehabilitation. Whatever your heart needs, we aim to deliver with exceptional care with a goal of quicker recoveries, shorter stays and better outcomes.
Whether you need an advanced minimally-invasive procedure or care to prevent a heart attack from happening, Atrium Medial Center can help. We provide the full spectrum of cardiac care with the advanced techniques and technology, including sophisticated diagnostics, advanced surgical capabilities and comprehensive cardiac rehabilitation. Our experienced, board-certified physicians specialize in complex procedures. They are a team of professionals dedicated to you and your heart…leading with care.
Our Cardiology Services
- Sophisticated monitoring systems including immediate EKG readings via EMS on the scene and imaging technology in the Atrium Emergency Trauma Center
- Diagnostic testing for identifying cardiac diseases and conditions
- Diagnostic catheterizations to find blockages in the arteries that feed the heart, assess heart valves for leakage or identify abnormalities within the heart since birth.
- Cardiac interventional procedures, such as balloon angioplasty and coronary stenting that treat and repair disease within the coronary arteries
- Electrophysiology Lab where procedures that assess and repair irregular heartbeats are performed.
- Open-heart surgery includes coronary bypass grafting, heart surgery, and valve repair or replacement
- Thoracic surgery corrects disorders and diseases affecting the organs inside the chest, including the lungs, chest wall, and diaphragm
- Universal Stay Rooms where open heart surgery patients recover and receive care until hospital discharge
- Cardiac Rehabilitation helps heart patients put their best foot forward on the road to recovery
- Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Induced Therapeutic Hypothermia at Atrium
For patients whose heart beat returns after their heart stops with cardiac arrest, reducing the body temperature to be lower than normal can be beneficial. Why? Because a lower temperature means the body uses less oxygen. Scientific evidence indicates that a patient’s brain and neurological function after cardiac arrest can be preserved and patient outcomes can be improved by inducing mild hypothermia.
Induced hypothermia lowers a patient’s body temperature in order to reduce the risk of injury to the brain following cardiac arrest. Many facilities use iced saline infusions or cooling blankets. We use a catheter based therapy that is initiated as quickly as possible in either our Emergency Trauma Center or Cath Lab.
Induced therapeutic hypothermia is accomplished by placing a catheter into a large vein in the body. Once the catheter is in the vein, it becomes cool and cools the blood that flows around it. A special machine connects to the catheter which helps to control the body temperature within the recommended range. Trained doctors and nurses monitor the process while patient is being cooled. After approximately 24 hours, the patient is then gradually rewarmed under the direction of a physician.
Treating the patient as quickly as possible can improve the outcomes for heart attack victims. That's why we focus on urgency at every level. Cardiology at Atrium Medical Center is backed by an experienced emergency department. Working with local emergency medical services, physicians can use the cardiac alert program and advanced monitoring equipment to confirm a heart attack and begin appropriate treatment before the patient arrives. Faster care. Better outcomes.
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Content Updated: December 3, 2014