State-of-the-Art Cardiac Services in North Central Arkansas
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.
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
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.