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Comprehensive Cardiac Services

Baxter Regional Medical Center is the only hospital in North Central Arkansas to offer a complete cardiac care program. Our extensive heart care procedures include open heart surgery, diagnostic angiography, interventional angiography, cardiac rehab, minimally invasive surgery, and more.

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Cardiac Services

Coronary Bypass Surgery

More than 500,000 coronary artery bypass surgeries are performed each year in the United States, making it one of the most common surgeries. Under the leadership of cardiovascular surgeon Louis Elkins, MD, the Baxter Regional Heart Team performs almost 200 open-heart surgeries each year.

The first open-heart surgery was performed at Baxter Regional in 1998, and in 1999 the hospital began offering angioplasty/stent placement.

Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory

Since 1991, Baxter Regional’s cardiac catheterization lab has performed thousands of procedures to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. Each year, the Baxter Regional Heart Team performs more than 350 angioplasties, 1,000 cardiac catheterizations and insert angioplasty/stents for the treatment of heart and vascular disease, including coronary artery disease.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

Baxter Regional Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program provides individualized care for patients who have had heart attacks, coronary bypass surgery, angioplasty, stable angina, or for patients who are considered prone to cardiac disease. The program relies on medically proven exercise therapy and patient education.

Baxter Regional’s staff physicians refer their patients to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Each referring physician follows his or her patient’s progress through periodic written reports prepared by the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

Abiomed Impella® Heart Pump

Baxter Regional uses the Abiomed Impella Heart Pump for minimally invasive cardiac procedures. Cardiovascular Surgeon, Dr. Louis W. Elkins and cardiologists affiliated with Baxter Regional Medical Center can add the world’s smallest heart pump to their portfolio of treatment options to assist critically ill heart patients – just another way that Baxter Regional is on the cutting edge of cardiovascular health care.

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