Quality Heart Care for the Enid Area
In Garfield County, Oklahoma, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for adults, according to the latest available (2014) figures from the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Preventing cardiovascular events before they occur is important: stopping smoking, keeping blood pressure under control, losing weight if you're overweight and increasing the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables you eat can help reduce heart attack risk.
If you do have heart disease, St. Mary's Regional Medical Center has specially trained physicians and nursing staff to treat a broad range of emergency and non-emergency heart conditions.
Recognition for St. Mary's Catheterization Lab
In 2013, St. Mary's Regional Medical Center received the Joint Commission’s “Top Performer” award for providing patients who suffered a heart attack with outstanding door-to-balloon time or D2B. Door-to-door balloon time refers to the interval from the time a patient arrives at the hospital's catheterization (cath) lab to the inflation of a balloon catheter within his or her blocked artery to restore blood flow (this is known as percutaneous coronary intervention or PCI). The shorter the D2B time, the greater the chance of survival. Only four hospitals in the state of Oklahoma were "Heart Attack Top Performers” that year. St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center was also the only hospital outside of the Oklahoma City metro area to receive the recognition.
Diagnosis and Treatment Together
Cardiac catheterization is used both to diagnose and treat heart disease. In this two-step procedure, the physician first inserts a catheter (thin tube) into a large blood vessel that leads to the heart. The second step is coronary angiography, in which a contrast dye that is visible in X-rays is injected through the catheter. Blockages or problems can be seen on a video screen and treatment may then take place to remove the blockage, ie, inflation of a balloon catheter to open the artery and restore blood flow (see PCI in section above).
The St. Mary's Regional Medical Center cardiac catheterization lab team consists of board-certified cardiologists, radiology technologists and registered nurses. Staff members continually update their skills through continuing medical education and certification programs.
The Cardiac Catherterization/Interventional Radiology suite at St. Mary's features advanced technology, including the Alphenix angiography system from Canon Medical Systems USA. This system has stent enhancement capabilities that provide clinicians with exceptionally sharp images. These images help guide the physician and staff during complex procedures. With crisp, clear images, clinicians may be able to use less intravenous contrast, making it safer for the patient. The system’s advanced dose optimization technologies can also help improve patient safety.
Diagnostic Testing and Treatment
Our cardiac care teams offer advanced diagnostic testing, noninvasive and invasive treatments, cardiac rehabilitation and preventive education. Noninvasive testing, such as stress tests, echocardiograms and Holter monitors can help your physician evaluate your symptoms and recommend additional testing if needed.