When Your Heart Needs Care

  • Tuesday, June 9, 2009

When Your Heart Needs Care TRIDENT

Problems with the heart and circulatory system build over time and today are the major cause of disability and death in the United States.

Our hospitals are ready to meet your needs any time day or night,” says Scott Woodfield, MD, FACC, medical director of cardiovascular services for Trident Health System. “You can trust us to guide you through all phases of cardiovascular care.”
Diagnosis
Minutes do count during a heart attack, which is why Trident Health System has a rapid response process for any patient with heart attack symptoms. On arrival at any of our four emergency departments (Trident, Summerville, Moncks Corner and Colleton Medical Centers), patients receive immediate assessment, medication administration and diagnostic testing.
“The sooner we intervene to minimize damage, the better our patient’s outcome,” says Dr. Woodfield.
Advanced technologies at Trident Medical Center include a 64-slice computerized tomography (CT) scanner, as well as 24-hour catheterization suites and our newly updated electrophysiology laboratory. Any patient diagnosed with a heart attack is transported immediately to a cardiac catheterization laboratory, where the coronary arteries will be examined for any areas of narrowing and decreased blood flow. A balloon angioplasty may then be used to reopen the blocked blood vessel and place a coronary stent, if necessary.
Treatment
“If a blockage cannot be repaired with angioplasty or stents, surgical intervention is available at Trident Medical Center,” states Jim Benner, MD, director of cardiovascular surgery. “Besides coronary artery bypass surgery, we offer cardiac valve repair and replacement, as well as aortic aneurysm repair. Pacemakers and/or devices implanted to help restore heart rhythm are also available.”
A specially trained medical team, including nursing staff and therapists, continuously cares for patients following cardiovascular surgical procedures.
Rehabilitation
A rehabilitation specialist consults with the cardiac patient at Trident or Summerville Medical Center regarding his or her individual care plan. Closely monitored exercise begins during the hospital stay, and rehabilitation can continue at Summerville Medical Center on an outpatient basis.
“Advanced treatment for cardiac disease is available right here,” says Mark Mataosky, MD, cardiologist and medical director of cardiac rehabilitation at Trident Health System. “We also guide and support risk-reducing lifestyle changes.”
For more information, visit tridenthealthsystem.com. ?For a physician referral, call Trident HealthFinders at (843) 797-FIND (3463) or 1 (866) TRIDENT.
Signs of a Heart Attack
If you or someone nearby experiences the following symptoms, call 911 and seek emergency help immediately.
•    excessive sweating
•    nausea and/or vomiting
•    pressure or heaviness on the chest
•    pressure or pain moving from the chest to the arms
•    shortness of breath
Additional symptoms often unique to women: exhaustion, fatigue, exercise intolerance or upper abdominal pain.

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