Heart Care at Community Howard

Community Howard Regional Health's commitment to the treatment of cardiovascular diseases is reflected in our goal of delivering exceptional basic and advanced treatment of cardiovascular diseases and related disorders.  You don't have to go to Indianapolis for comprehensive heart care.  It's all right here at Community Howard Regional: Diagnosis, Intervention, Surgery, and Rehabilitation.

Heart Facts and Warning Signs You Should Know

Heart Care Terms and Definitions

Facilities:  Cardiovascular facilities at Community Howard Regional Health include an accredited Echo Lab, an accredited Vascular LabCardiac Rehabilitation, a Cardiac Catheterization Lab, and a Vascular Catheterization Lab. Our open heart surgery program features a dedicated operating suite and employs the latest equipment and techniques including SPY intra-operative imaging. Community Howard Regional was the first Indiana hospital to have this state-of-the-art technology.

Interventional Cardiology:  For appropriate candidates, interventional cardiology procedures are available as a less-invasive alternative to traditional open heart surgery. Cardiac procedures include coronary angiography (heart cath), right heart catheterization, coronary intervention with angioplasty and/or stent placement, intra-vascular ultrasound, temporary and permanent pacemaker insertion, and intra-aortic balloon pump insertion.

Electrophysiology:  Advances have been made in the treatment of arrhythmia that allow normal heart rhythm to be restored, improving a patient's quality of life. An electrophysiology study (EPS) is one of the most accurate and reliable methods of evaluating heart rhythms. The procedure is performed by our electrophysiologist who will reproduce your arrhythmia in a controlled environment and, through careful examination, determine its type and location in your heart. Most importantly, the EPS will help your physician determine the most effective treatment of your particular arrhythmia.

This type of cardiac testing is ideal for patients who suffer from palpitations, fluttering in the chest, or loss of consciousness due to heart arrhythmia. These episodes may seem like a panic attack to the person experiencing them. Depending on the diagnosis, treatments vary. Among them are cardiac ablation, pacemaker implantation and the insertion of an implantable cardioverter defibrillator.

Open Heart Surgery

North Central Indiana heart patients receive the very real benefits of being able to have their surgery close to home for the convenience of their loved ones while having access to high quality open heart surgical care.

Cardiac Rehabilitation:

The Community Howard Cardiac Rehabilitation Program provides progressive exercise and education to patients with cardiac conditions. With immediate access to hospital cardiac and emergency services our goal is improving function and prolonging life. The program's services include comprehensive evaluation, prescribed exercise and education.

Diagnostic Cardiology:

A complex imaging technique, nuclear cardiology testing  can be used to detect heart attacks by showing if part of the heart has been damaged, to measure the heart's pumping action and to study the heart's ability to expand or contract. Nuclear scans are often done in conjunction with stress testing. Nuclear scans of the heart are helpful in finding coronary artery disease and can be used to detect heart attacks by showing if part of the heart has been damaged, measure the heart's pumping action , and study the heart's ability to expand or contract.


Cardiovascular Tests at Community Howard Regional

For more information contact us at 765.453.8333 .