Your heart is the most vital organ in your body. At OLBH, experts provide care by non-invasive means in the OLBH Cardiology Department while offering minimally invasive services in the OLBH Heart & Vascular Center.
The OLBH Cardiology Department places your heart health and quality of life first. By combining the latest in technology with the expertise of highly trained specialists, the department's staff provides clinically advanced care while focusing on less invasive techniques to examine the heart's function.
The Cardiology Department boasts specialty services involving the diagnosis and evaluation of patients with heart disease. Services include general cardiology, cardiac disease risk screenings, state-of-the-art testing, diagnostic cardiac catheterization and a nationally certified cardiac rehabilitation program.
Noninvasive exams available at the OLBH Cardiology Department include:
• Cardiac stress testing - Exercise cardiac stress tests involve walking on a treadmill with progressive increases in speed and elevation. Drug-induced cardiac stress tests chemically stimulate the heart to mimic the stress of exercise. During the exam, doctors can determine if the blood supply is reduced in the arteries that supply the heart, a sign that there may be a blockage.
• Echocardiogram - A diagnostic method to transmit waves into the body using ultrasound. The echoes that come back from the heart's surface are transformed into a video picture showing the size, shape, and movement of the heart.
• Electrocardiogram - Commonly known as an EKG or an ECG, an electrocardiogram is a graphic illustration of the electrical currents that run through the heart as it pumps.
• Nuclear cardiology exams - These studies involve the use of nuclear medications and computer images to diagnose heart disease.
• Transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) - The most common type of echocardiogram, this test allows for views of the heart obtained by using echoes from different locations on a patient's chest or abdominal wall.
The OLBH Heart & Vascular Center is designed to address the significant effects of heart and vascular disease. Cardiac stenting is a minimally-invasive way to address cardiovascular issues before they manifest as a major health event. Meanwhile, cardiac catheterization services at OLBH allows for a better way to detect heart disease, as OLBH’s cardiac experts can use the minor procedure to identify narrow or blocked arteries and evaluate how well the heart is functioning. This makes catheterization an important tool in diagnosis. Experienced cardiac specialists implant pacemakers at OLBH using an advanced imaging system. The system’s advanced capabilities yields real-time, digital views that allow for the most precise guidance of therapeutic devices to improve cardiovascular health.
The OLBH Heart & Vascular Center offers various angioplasty services where a catheter is used to create a larger opening in an artery to increase blood flow. Angioplasty may be performed in many of the arteries in the body. Stenting is also conducted at the OLBH Heart & Vascular center where a tiny coil is expanded inside the blocked artery to open the blocked area and is left in place to keep the artery open.
A variety of surgical procedures to correct arterial blockages and other vascular disease complications are available at OLBH. For more information, call the OLBH Heart & Vascular Center at (606) 833-3985 or email the OLBH CareLine.
OLBH’s nationally certified cardiac rehabilitation program is designed to help patients recover, both physically and emotionally, from a heart attack, heart-related procedure or heart surgery. Rehab takes place at the Human Motion Vitality Center located on the OLBH campus.
Through monitored, individualized physical exercise, education, and counseling, OLBH’s highly trained and skilled cardiac rehabilitation professionals work together with the patient, family, and the patient’s physician. For more information concerning cardiac rehabilitation services at OLBH, contact the OLBH Human Motion Vitality Center at (606) 833-3515 or email the OLBH CareLine.
Heart Failure Clinic
The OLBH Heart Failure Clinic improves the quality of life of patients with heart failure and increase their function and capabilities so that they can remain in their homes and return to normal life activities. Located on the hospital campus on the second floor of the Human Motion Vitality Center, the clinic provides patients who have been hospitalized with heart failure issues an appointment within a week of being discharged. Patients are provided comprehensive education and an assessment during each visit. The clinic can be contacted at (606) 833-6397 or via emailing the OLBH CareLine.