Specialized Cardiac Services
Cardiac Evaluation & Interventional Care
When it comes to cardiac emergencies, time is crucial! The Emergency Department
works in partnership with the Hospital’s Cardiac Services team –
the Stead Heart and Vascular Center -- to evaluate, diagnose and provide
the most effective treatment for our cardiac patients.
STEMI Receiving Center (ST-Elevated Myocardial Infarction) STEMI denotes a type of heart attack that needs immediate, specialized
care. When notified of a STEMI patient PVHMC’s emergency and cardiac
staffs respond urgently to enact live-saving measures for patients. Patients
are immediately assessed and stabilized and then taken to the Cardiac
Catheterization (Cath) Lab for an angioplasty whereby blockages in the
heart are crushed, arteries are opened and secured, and lives are saved.
Designated Primary Stroke Center
Much like a STEMI heart attack, stroke care requires an immediate response!
Stroke patients who do not delay in seeking medical care have better outcomes.
If treated in the first 4.5 hours after the onset of stroke symptoms physicians
can minimize the complications of a stroke. Because the results of a stroke
worsen with each passing second, rapid treatment is critical to minimizing
complications. PVHMC has specific plans for the rapid treatment of stroke patients.
Therapeutic Temperature Management
Patients who experience Cardiac Arrest need urgent care! The Emergency
Department and Cardiac Services now offer a unique treatment to assist
patients with this condition. Upon arrival in the Emergency Department
patients are immediately assessed and evaluated for treatment with Therapeutic
Temperature Management. If needed, patients are completely sedated and
undergo the internal lowering of their core body temperature to relieve
pressure on the brain and the body to allow them to heal over a period
of days. Patients frequently walk out of the hospital within a week with
no complications and go on to lead active, healthy lives.