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FCHC Heart and Vascular Center

The FCHC Heart and Vascular Center offers quality heart and vascular diagnostic imaging using the latest a state-of-the-art heart catheterization system. This imaging system will allow area residents to receive quality heart and vascular diagnostic imaging close to home.

The imaging equipment in the Heart and Vascular Center is designed to provide heart and vascular imaging with less radiation, better image quality and faster diagnostic outcome. Some examples of these innovative features include the exclusive Direct Capture imaging with a 17x17 panel. FCHC was the first facility in the country to install the large 17 X17 panel. This feature provides high quality digital imaging at the lowest radiation dose. The center also offers a state-of-the-art C-Arm with the exclusive Navi-Das technology. This technology offers the physicians and staff the ability to view difficult vasculature at the push and ease of a button. These features combined with the fast system response times means better, faster outcomes and more time with family.

Heart Catheterizations are many times needed to accurately diagnose coronary artery blockage, damage to the anatomy or structure of the heart, and/or pumping function of the heart. From there, appropriate treatment can begin to treat the condition. If the heart catheterization discovers a narrowing of the arteries or blockage, then your Cardiologist will usually prescribe one of four interventions:

  • Medication Therapy - when the doctor determines that the blockage of the artery is not severe enough for interventional procedures, medication and/or behavioral modification may be prescribed to improve the patient's symptoms.
  • Angioplasty - a miniature "balloon" that is inflated to widen an artery and flatten the plaque against the arterial walls to increase blood flow.
  • Coronary Stent - a wire mesh device that is inserted into the coronary artery, which improves blood flow and helps relieve symptoms of coronary heart disease.
  • Coronary Bypass - an operation where the blocked coronary arteries are bypassed to make a new pathway around the blockage.

If a surgical procedure is required, it would be performed at a larger metropolitan hospital due to the potential of surgical complications involving the heart. After surgery, many patients then return to the Health Center for outpatient cardiac rehabilitation in our Cardiac Rehabilitation program. Our Cardiac Rehabilitation program offers services designed to meet each individual's cardiac rehabilitation needs and is certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Along with providing diagnostic heart catheterizations, the new center will also offer a variety of heart and vascular services including:

  • Renal catheterizations - used to investigate blood flow in the arteries to the kidneys, which can affect blood pressure. If blockage is found, a stent can be inserted into the arteries through the catheter during the procedure to open it up.
  • Leg catheterizations - searches for blockage or narrowing of the arteries that could be causing poor blood circulation in the legs. Once again a stent can be inserted.
  • Pacemakers - can be inserted, batteries changed, or lead wires replaced.
  • Filters - can be inserted into the veins leading to the heart to prevent blood clots from entering the heart or lungs.
  • Cardioversions - use medications and defibrillators to convert irregular rhythms to normal rates and rhythms that the patient can tolerate.
  • Pulmonary Angiography - views the blood vessels of the lungs to determine if there is a narrowing of these blood vessels, which can cause shortness of breath.

Along with the advanced technology, the Heart & Vascular Center is also focuses on providing quality personalized patient care. The same physicians and staff follow the patient through the whole process and in follow-up care. For example, the nurse that administers the relaxation medication before a heart catheterization will be the same nurse in the catheterization room monitoring the patient. The Cardiologist who performs the procedure is the same doctor the patient will see in the follow-up visit after the exam.

For more information, contact our Heart and Vascular Center at 419-337-7314.