The Heart And Vascular Institute
The Heart and Vascular Institute offers a full range of high quality, heart care services. Under the direction of board certified cardiologists, interventional cardiologists and cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeons, our facility provides the most up-to-date information, technology and services available to Hot Springs and the surrounding community.
The physicians are (left to right):
Dr. Edward T. Warren, Cardiovascular and Cardiothoracic Surgery; Dr. Jeffrey Tauth, Interventional Cardiology; Dr. Christian Latham, General Surgery; Dr. Adriane Martin, General Surgery; Dr. James Campbell, General Surgery; Dr. T. Eric Bowen, Interventional Cardiology; Dr. Robert Breving, General Surgery.
The Heart And Vascular Institute services include:
- Non-invasive diagnostic testing
- Interventional Cardiology
- Cardiac Catheterization
- Cardiac Critical & Progressive Care
- Cardiovascular surgery
- Nutritional Counseling
- Emergency Care
- Home Heart Care
- Cardiac Rehabilitation
If a cardiologist or primary care physician suspects a problem with your heart, National Park Medical Center provides a variety of testing procedures to aide in a diagnosis. Noninvasive testing such as nuclear stress testing, EKG’s, echocardiograms, Doppler studies and carotid artery scans can identify any evidence of blockage.
For patients who simply want peace of mind about his or her heart’s health, the smart score CT scan is available. The non-invasive scan looks for calcium build-up in the arteries, which can lead to cardiovascular disease. By identifying the build-up in the arteries, a physician can better determine whether a person is at high risk for heart disease.
Cardiac Catheterization & Interventional Cardiology
Directed by a board certified interventional cardiologist and peripheral vascular specialist, National Park Medical Center’s cardiac catheterization laboratory provides patients with some of the most advanced diagnostics and interventional therapies available today. Our skilled technicians and nurses who work hand in hand to provide minimally invasive procedures that are technologically advanced.
A wide range of procedures may be performed including cardiac catheterization to identify blood flow, blockage, valve leakage, pressure and oxygen levels as well as immediate angioplasty and stenting for patients presenting with heart attacks. For patients with blocked arteries, additional vascular procedures may be performed in the cardiac cath lab including carotid angiograms, peripheral angiograms, peripheral balloon angioplasty, renal angiograms, PTA and stenting.
Critical & Progressive Care Units
When heart problems need around the clock attention, Intensive or Progressive Care may be necessary. Nurses work directly with a patient’s cardiologist or cardiovascular surgeon to relieve pain and prevent the possibility of further heart damage. Whether a patient needs critical care or progressive care, he or she can be placed on continuous monitoring, or telemetry, to monitor his or her heart patterns while in the unit.
NPMC Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, also known as the Heart Connection, provides a gradual progression of aerobic exercise to heart patients. The Cardiac Rehabilitation staff closely monitors the patient’s progression through an individualized exercise program.
The Heart Connection program educates patients on risk factor modifications by learning about heart disease, cardiac medications, diet and nutrition, exercise and personal risk factors. Patients receive an individualized plan of care and attention. In addition, patients network with others who have similar experiences and feelings. Through a three-phase program, patients can gradually learn how to live a comfortable and healthy lifestyle.
The Heart Connection program begins directly after a patient leaves the Intensive Care Unit. Patients are evaluated and prepare for the upcoming program. Exercise, diet, stress management, medical history, supervised ECG and blood pressure monitoring are included during these inpatient sessions. Support and education for family members is offered at this point.
Patients begin a 12-week outpatient program that is supervised and monitored by a physician. This phase includes a monitored exercise program, risk factor education, development of a home exercise program, food and dairy diet consultation. The outpatient program is geared to individual levels, which are closely monitored, by nurses and staff.
Patients begin a maintenance program consisting of a physician supervised non-monitored exercise program teaching self-regulation through exercise to meet personal goals. The program’s final phase places strong emphasis on a lifelong exercise program and positive lifestyle modification.
In addition, the Heart Connection nurses and staff work in collaboration to provide individual guidance for patients needing diabetic or dietary assistance. Emphasis is placed on fat intake reduction, caloric adjustment, cholesterol instructions and basic alteration of eating habits.
Through education and instruction, the Heart Connection can help you prepare to lead a healthier lifestyle. For additional information, call the Heart Connection at (501) 620-1185.
Referrals & Admissions
The Heart And Vascular Institute at National Park Medical Center is covered by most major medical insurance carriers. For more information contact (501) 620-2185. For a referral to a physician, call (877) 320-3222.