Abnormal Heart Rhythms

The serious health risks associated with cardiac arrhythmias  can lead to life-threatening conditions including heart failure  and stroke . Atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm in the upper chambers of the heart, currently affects approximately 2.2 million Americans. Conditions considered as arrhythmias include:

The board-certified physicians at the Arrhythmia Institute at Lakeview Regional Medical Center can diagnose and manage heart rhythm disturbances with biplane technology  in the electrophysiology laboratory (EP Lab). The superior reliability and greater detail of the GE Innova 3131 provides physicians with the highest level of image quality, while emitting the lowest radiation. The Arrhythmia Institute can:

Learn more about the causes and risk factors of abnormal heart beats (arrhythmia) or find out how to prevent them.

Diagnosis & Testing

Your highly specialized team of physicians at Lakeview Regional Medical Center will ask you about your symptoms and medical history and perform a physical exam. They may prescribe diagnostic tests such as:

Lakeview Regional Medical Center is committed to providing, life-saving technology for patients by investing in advanced medical and surgical equipment. Lakeview Regional recently installed the Signa HDxt 1.5T Twin Speed Magnetic Resonance Imaging System into its broad spectrum of diagnostic tools. This is the first Signa HDxt 1.5T Twin Speed System from GE Healthcare in the state of Louisiana and is one of only three systems in the southeastern United States. It boosts speed and resolution beyond the limits of conventional MRI scanners while providing high levels of magnetic field homogeneity and stability.

In addition to the Signa HDxt 1.5T Twin Speed system, Lakeview Regional  Medical Center utilizes a variety of high-tech diagnostic tools, including the Innova 3131Q digital flat panel biplane imaging system : an advanced cath lab imaging system that enables doctors to see extremely detailed, real-time images of patient anatomy during procedures that require exact precision, and LightSpeed VCT (Volume Computer Tomography), a revolutionary system more commonly known as 64-Slice, which provides highly detailed images of the human body, and produces up to 53% less radiation dose as compared to conventional electron beam CT scanners.
   
Lakeview Regional Medical Center also offers three full-service cardiovascular interventional catheterization labs available 24 hours per day.

Current technology in use today:

  • Procedures & Treatments

Medical Cardiology
Medical cardiologists diagnose heart conditions as well as prescribe medications according to your individualized treatment plan. Heart medicines that you may be prescribed include:

  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors
  • Angiotensin-receptor blockers (ARBs)
  • Anti-anxiety medication
  • Aspirin and other antiplatelet agents
  • Beta-blockers
  • Blood-thinners
  • Calcium-channel blockers
  • Cholesterol-lowering medications
  • Clot-dissolving agents
  • Diuretics
  • Holter monitoring
  • Hydralazine
  • Nitrate medications
  • Nitroglycerin
  • Pain-relief medications

Interventional Cardiology
Interventional cardiologists intervene when you are having an acute heart conditions (comes on suddenly). Procedures commonly performed by interventional cardiologists include:

Electrophysiology
Cardiologists who specialize in abnormal heart rhythms (electrophysiologists) use diagnostic tests to identify the cause of the irregularity. They use procedures such as:

                 
Cardiac Surgery
Our cardiac surgeons are prepared to perform coronary bypass surgery, heart valve replacement and the repair of certain congenital defects present in adults. Procedures we perform include:

Coronary artery bypass grafting performed off-pump versus on a heart and lung bypass machine offers another option for coronary bypass surgery. Some national studies show off-pump coronary bypass, or OPCAB, procedures have fewer renal, pulmonary, stroke and bleeding complications than those using a heart and lung bypass machine. Using a heart and lung bypass machine during a coronary artery bypass requires the heart to stop beating, intentionally causing cardiac arrest . During OPCAB, the heart is strategically stabilized to perform the bypass graft while it is still beating. Literally, OPCAB is beating-heart surgery. While not for everyone, the off-pump option may be a worthwhile consideration.

Recovery & Rehabilitation

Inpatient
While in the hospital, heart patients may be cared for in our intensive care or telemetry units. Lakeview Regional Medical Center provides a close nurse-to-patient ratio in a quiet setting where you will be constantly monitored wirelessly in the privacy of your room or while walking in the hall. Our patients and their families love the personalized care they receive from our nursing staff. The waiting area offers comfort and support for our patients’ families while staying in the ICU.

Outpatient

The accredited cardiac rehabilitation program at Lakeview Regional  Medical Center is a medically supervised exercise program designed to improve cardiovascular health for people who have or are at high risk for heart disease. Patients enrolled in this program are given tailored support and guidance in achieving cardiovascular fitness through exercise and nutrition. In addition to setting individual exercise plans, the cardiac rehabilitation program staff provides counseling and continuing education to help patients control or eliminate cardiac risk factors and make a lifetime commitment to a heart-healthy lifestyle outside of the hospital.