Cardiology is a medical specialty focused on disorders of the heart; cardiologists are physicians who specialize in cardiology.
According the American Heart Assocation, nearly half of all U.S. adults have some type of cardiovascular disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in our state and our country. That’s why Saint Mary’s is here for you, and here for your heart.
Saint Mary’s Cardiology Services
No one in the Arkansas River Valley puts more into caring for your heart than Saint Mary’s. From engaging and mobilizing an exceptional team of cardiologists, to providing cutting-edge techniques and technologies for treating heart disease, Saint Mary’s has invested deeply in providing advanced heart care for our patients.
Saint Mary’s has five full-time, board-certified cardiologists on staff. These physicians bring a depth of experience that is unparalleled in our area. Our team is noted for rapid response times in performing angioplasty treatment, a key to saving heart muscle after a heart attack. This team includes Dr. Dai-Yuan Wang (medical director for Saint Mary’s Cardiology Services), Dr. Sastry Prayaga (medical director, Saint Mary’s Cardiac Cath Lab), Dr. Shuja Rasool, Dr. Thomas Reinsvold, and Dr. Stephen Dobratz. Their offices are at Cardiology Associates of North Central Arkansas, 2205 W. Main St., Russellville. Call 479-968-4311 for an appointment.
The arsenal of technologies Saint Mary’s cardiologists have at hand include two state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization labs for diagnostic and interventional cardiovascular procedures, as well as the region’s first 128-Slice Computed Tomography (CT) scanner for diagnostic imaging technology in non-invasive and interventional cardiology procedures like coronary angiography. An ever-expanding number of diagnostics and procedures are performed to help our patients keep their hearts healthier.
During a heart attack, every second counts. If you experience the symptoms of a heart attack, call 911 immediately.
If you are a nearby resident and call emergency services for help while experiencing chest pain, you will be transported to Saint Mary’s Emergency Department (ER) by ambulance for a chest pain evaluation.
Chest Pain Evaluation Unit
Saint Mary’s chest pain evaluation unit is designed to provide patients who are experiencing chest pain with a rapid diagnosis and treatment when needed.
When you have chest pain, you are not necessarily experiencing a heart attack or other cardiovascular event. But because a sudden heart event is potentially life-threatening, our cardiologists, emergency medicine physicians, nurses and technicians start assessing and evaluating your chest pain the moment arrive at Saint Mary’s ER. In fact, because this evaluation is so critical to saving heart muscle, an EKG may be performed en route to the hospital by the emergency medical services (EMS) team to expedite the evaluation.
Along with the EKG, your chest pain evaluation at Saint Mary’s may also include other diagnostic tools such as blood tests, chest x-ray, and CT scan. Our care team will also ask a series of questions about your pain and other risk factors you may have.
A chest pain evaluation can move at a fast pace. Depending on your test results, your cardiologist may be able to determine quickly whether or not your pain was caused by a heart attack or other cardiac event, and if follow-up testing and treatment is needed.
Cardiovascular Treatments and Technologies
Saint Mary’s Regional Health System uses much of the world’s most advanced technology in the evaluation and treatment of patients with heart disease. Our cardiac diagnostic and treatment services include:
- Echocardiography (EKG) services, including:
- Cardiac catheterization lab services, such as:
- Computed Tomography (CT) angiogram
- Electrical cardioversion
- Pacemaker and AICD implantation and management
Saint Mary’s Cardiopulmonary Services
Cardiopulmonary Services help patients with heart and lung disease recover quicker and return to full and productive lives. Our services include:
- Breathing treatments
- Pulmonary function fests
- Arterial blood gases
- Continuous positive airway pressure
- Bi-level positive airway pressure
- Life-support ventilation
For some cardiopulmonary treatments, you may be referred to Dr. Carl Schoenberger, a pulmonology specialist who works closely with the cardiology team.
Nutritional and Other Services
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, making dietary and other lifestyle improvements can significantly reduce your heart disease risk. Important changes to make include:
- Living smoke free.
- Monitoring your blood pressure.
- Maintaining a healthy weight.
- Watching your cholesterol.
- Controlling your blood sugar.
- Getting active.
- Eating a heart-healthy diet.
For more information about improving your lifestyle, contact your primary caregiver about a referral for nutritional services available through Saint Mary’s Outpatient Therapy Center, and as needed, an appointment with Cardiology Associates of North Central Arkansas. Along with good nutrition, consider the fitness opportunities available at Saint Mary’s Wellness Fitness Center.
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