Round-the-Clock Cardiac Care
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 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 do have heart disease, Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center has specially trained physicians and nursing staff to treat a broad range of emergency and non-emergency heart conditions. Our Chest Pain Center and 24-hour-a-day emergency department ensure that you get the cardiac care you need. We also have advanced diagnostic and imaging technology, including a 64-Slice CT scanner and nuclear medicine, to test for and diagnose heart disease. Among the available tests are:
- Coronary angiography — evaluates arteries, locates blockages and diagnoses heart disease
- Ventricular function tests — provides information on the heart's ability to pump blood
- Heart valve pressure evaluations — gives doctors information about the condition of heart valves
- Stress testing — determines the heart's performance while under the stress of physical activity
- Electrocardiogram (EKG) — measures the heart's electrical activity
- Echocardiology — provides ultrasonic images of the heart
- Peripheral vascular diagnostics — helps physicians diagnose Peripheral Arterial Disease, which occurs when plaque builds up in the blood vessels and restricts blood flow
- Coronary Computed Tomography Angiogram (CTA) — allows physicians to visualize the coronary anatomy without performing cardiac catheterization. CTA is often used for patients who have a low probability of needing an intervention.
Chest Pain Center
The Chest Pain Center at Spring Valley Hospital offers rapid, round-the-clock, evidence-based treatment of heart attack and suspected heart attack.
Spring Valley Hospital was the first in southwest Las Vegas to be accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care(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, Spring Valley 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.
Spring Valley Hospital was also recognized for achievement in Mission: Lifeline®, a program created by the American Heart Association to help ensure prompt, evidence-based care for the life-threatening type of heart attack known as ST Elevation Acute Myocardial Infarction (STEMI). This means patients suffering a heart attack will receive prompt care that is consistent with the latest scientific guidelines from the American Heart Association.
Open Heart Surgery
Spring Valley Hospital’s full-service cardiology program features a team of dedicated healthcare professionals who are specially trained in open-heart surgery and work with leading-edge medical technology. One of the hospital's two operating rooms dedicated to cardiac, vascular and thoracic (CVT) surgery features a new hybrid design, which allows for multidisciplinary approaches to minimally invasive CVT procedures. Learn more >
Cardiac Catherization (Cath) Lab
Cardiac catheterization involves the use of radiological equipment to both diagnose and treat some forms of heart disease. 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. Doctors in the cath lab may also perform implantation of permanent pacemakers and automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillators (AICDs) used to stabilize cardiac rhythm disturbances.
While in the cath lab, interventional radiologists have access to spot fluoroscopy. Fluoroscopy is a technology that converts x-rays of tissues and organs into video images. With spot fluoroscopy, technicians can more easily target the area being examined with lower radiation dosages which reduces radiation exposure to both patients and clinicians.
If you need a referral to a cardiologist or other physician at Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center, call our free Direct Doctors Plus® referral service 702-388-4888.