The Cardiac Care Institute
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Preventing cardiovascular events before they occur is important: stopping smoking, keeping blood pressure under control, losing weight if you're overweight and increasing the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables you eat can help reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure and coronary artery disease.
If you have heart disease, Desert Springs Hospital Medical Center has established a solid reputation for being a cardiac care leader in southern Nevada. In fact, Desert Springs Hospital is often referred to as "The Heart Hospital" by longtime residents.
Specially trained physicians and nursing staff at the Cardiac Care Institute at Desert Springs Hospital treat a broad range of emergency and non-emergency heart conditions. The Institute offers complete cardiovascular services include a cardio-pulmonary laboratory, three catheterization labs, tilt table technology (measures how blood pressure and heart rate respond to the force of gravity), peripheral vascular services (to treat circulation disorders like peripheral artery disease), open heart procedures, cardiac rehabilitation and the Cardiac Progressive Care Unit — a dedicated care unit for cardiac patients. The heart failure program at Desert Springs Hospital was the first in Nevada to be certified by The Joint Commission.
Chest Pain Center
The Chest Pain Observation Unit at Desert Springs Hospital offers rapid, round-the-clock, evidence-based treatment of heart attack and suspected heart attack. It was the first in Nevada to be nationally recognized by the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), an institute of the American College of Cardiology. To receive accreditation, a center must show that it combines evidence-based science, quality initiatives, clinical guidelines and best practices to produce an effective care model for heart attack and suspected heart attack.
In addition to the standard accreditation, Desert Springs Hospital has received an enhanced accreditation from SCPC, making it a "Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI." Hospitals awarded this designation have primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. PCI is commonly known as angioplasty, a procedure used to treat the narrowed coronary arteries found heart in disease. To receive the enhanced accreditation, a hospital must have a call team of cardiac catheterization laboratory staff and an interventional cardiologist who arrive at the cardiac catheterization lab within a short, pre-determined window of time, day or night. Accredited facilities also must have documented processes designed to maximize treatment time and improve outcomes.
Advanced Cardiac Catheterization (Cath) and Electrophysiology Labs
Desert Springs Hospital has three cardiac catheterization labs, where radiological equipment is used to diagnose and treat some forms of heart disease. During radiologic imaging, interventional tools such as balloons and stents are fed through a catheter into the coronary arteries to reduce stenosis (blockages) and improve blood flow. In some cases, a contrast material (dye) is injected into the coronary arteries to diagnose blockages. In other cases, cardiac catheterization simply involves measuring the pressure within the chambers of the heart.
Advanced treatment for arrhythmia is available in Desert Springs Hospital's electrophysiology (EP) laboratory, where cardiac specialists evaluate and treat patients who have heart rhythm disturbances. The EP lab offers advanced treatments options for cardiac rhythm problems such as the Stereotaxic robotic navigation system for cardiac ablation and the Watchman™ Implant for Atrial Fibrillation.
Cardiac Progressive Care Unit
Patients who need to stay in the hospital for interventional cardiac procedures or open-heart surgery are cared for in Desert Springs Hospital's Cardiac Progressive Care Unit. Featuring private, comfortable rooms, patients can enjoy the convenience of staying in the same location for their entire hospital stay, while the highly trained cardiac team adjusts the level of care to meet the patient's changing needs.