Advanced Cardiac Care
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.
Specially trained physicians and nursing staff at Desert Springs Hospital treat emergency and non-emergency heart conditions. Cardiovascular services include a cardio-pulmonary laboratory, 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), and the Cardiac Progressive Care Unit — a dedicated care unit for cardiac patients.
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. DSH has received enhanced accreditation from The Joint Commission as a certified Primary Heart Attack Center. 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.
Cardiac Catheterization (Cath)
Desert Springs Hospital has 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.
Cardiac Progressive Care Unit
Patients who need to stay in the hospital for interventional cardiac procedures 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.