Maintaining a strong heart means getting to know your heart and staying on top of factors that play into its health, like blood pressure, cholesterol levels, family history and exercise. And when you act early to check your heart health, we’re in a better position to catch any potential issues and work with you to keep you healthy for the long run.
Haywood Regional Medical Center offers an integrated approach to heart and vascular care that spans the spectrum from prevention and diagnostic care to the latest in surgical treatments and rehabilitation. Through state-of-the-art technology and expert clinical care, our physicians and staff treat patients for a variety of conditions and disease affecting the cardiovascular system, comprised of heart and blood vessels.
Accredited Chest Pain Center
In 2016, Haywood Regional Medical Center received full accreditation status as a Chest Pain Center by ACC Accreditation Services, the accrediting arm of the American College of Cardiology. This accreditation means we have achieved a higher level of expertise in caring for patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. The accredited Chest Pain Center's protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians, nurses and staff to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack when treatments are most effective, and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether or not they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.
Our Cardiovascular Services include:
- Diagnostic & Interventional Heart Catheterizations
- Echocardiography Studies
- Exercise & Nuclear Stress Testing
- Cardiac Rehab
- Venous, Arterial & Carotid Studies
- Vein Clinic
Haywood Regional Medical Center’s cardiac specialists are well-trained and equipped to diagnose cardiovascular difficulties. Through the use of such comprehensive tests and procedures such as echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), venous duplex ultrasound, arterial studies, carotid ultrasound, electrocardiography (EKG), Holter monitoring and Cardiolite Stress Testing, we are able to evaluate the health of your heart and circulatory system.
Our experienced cardiac catheterization team performs procedures using balloons, stents, and other devices to open blockages, or repair damaged blood vessels of the heart or body. This often avoids the need for surgery.
Common treatable conditions include coronary artery disease (narrowing of the coronary arteries), heart valve disease, or peripheral vascular disease. These can increase the risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks, stroke, or loss of limbs.
Interventional procedures are done under a local anesthetic and patient recovery is usually less than 24 hours. Patients are often home within two days of the procedure and back to their normal routine within one week. Interventional services can be performed during a cardiac catheterization if a problem is revealed during this diagnostic procedure.