At Frankfort Regional Medical Center, we're committed to providing excellent cardiovascular care. With convenient access to our hospital and physicians, you don't have to travel far to get the heart treatment you need. As an accredited Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI, our team is well equipped to address a wide range of needs - from emergent conditions like heart attacks and chest pain to diagnostic and preventive care.
With our experienced, board-certified physicians and friendly staff, you'll receive specialized attention and care. From advice on preventing heart disease to excellence in diagnosis, treatment and aftercare, Frankfort Regional Medical Center offers high-level expertise and patient-focused cardiovascular care, close to home.
- Acute coronary syndrome (ACS)
- Arrhythmia (heart rhythm disorders)
- Atherosclerosis (disease of the blood vessels)
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart attack and chest pain (angina)
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Peripheral artery disease
- Peripheral vascular disease
Symptoms of a heart attack include chest pressure, a squeezing type of pain in the middle to the left side of the chest. Some people describe it as an elephant sitting on the chest. Most of the time even though we say pain we’re really talking about the pressure. It’s associated the pressure or pain going to the left arm – usually down to the elbow. It can also go up to the jaw, almost feeling like a tooth ache. Associated with that is shortness of air, breathing hard, not getting a complete breath, sweating, nausea, or even vomiting.
The best way to reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke is:
- Stop smoking
- Cholesterol control
- High blood pressure control
- Control diabetes
- Take medications as your doctor directs you
After a heart attack the heart can sometimes get stronger and one of the key things in that is actually taking medicines. There are certain medicines, like beta blockers, and ace inhibitors, that if taken after a heart attack it can help heart muscle to heal. Other things that are very important, and a lot of people do not feel they need, are things like cardiac rehabilitation. Research has shown that patients who undergo a hospital based cardiac rehab program have about a 25% less chance of a heart attack than those patients who do the exact same exercises at home.
Patients with a-typical chest pain will be given a stress test, and sometimes will be given a nuclear isotope. If those tests are positive, we’ll go to a heart catheterization. Patients with typical chest pain, where we know it’s coming from the heart, we usually skip the stress test and go straight to the heart catheterization.
Usually the patient will have a heart catheterization first, and the catheterization is usually done with smaller tubes than used for the stent. We usually change the sheath, which is the introducer that allows us access to the patient’s artery, and then we take a similar type of catheter that’s made specifically for the artery we’re fixing, and we go up into the artery and take x-ray pictures of it. The patient is given a blood thinner during the procedure and then we push a very tiny guide wire that goes across the blockage. On the wire, we slide a stent on a balloon where the artery blockage is, and then we inflate the balloon. When we deflate the balloon, the stent is left behind and has pushed the patient’s artery blockage back into the wall, and then we remove the balloon and the wire.