Setting National Standards for Heart Care
In heart care, every second counts. That’s why the Mercy Emergency Chest Pain Center (ECPC) is setting a national standard for rapid and efficient management of heart attack/acute myocardial infarction patients. In 2003, Mercy’s Emergency Chest Pain Center became America’s first Chest Pain Center to be fully accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
Created to reduce deaths related to heart attack, Mercy’s ECPC provides immediate diagnosis and powerful, lifesaving treatment for patients with heart attack and other cardiac risks.
The Mercy ECPC is home to a cardiac catheterization lab in its emergency department, where a Mercy cardiologist was the first in the world to perform an angioplasty inside an emergency department. During a heart attack, every moment lost means damage to the heart muscle. Mercy has dramatically reduced the transition period from emergency department to cath lab to mere seconds!
Chest pain patients who arrive at the Mercy Emergency Chest Pain Center are examined, evaluated and treated, with the goal of rapidly identifying heart attack patients and initiating treatment as quickly as possible. After observation, patients with non-cardiac chest pain are able to return home with clear diagnoses and identified treatment plans.
The Mercy Cardiac Catheterization Lab, located on the hospital’s third floor, is a state-of-the-art diagnostic and interventional laboratory for adults with heart disease. Precise anatomical and physiological data are obtained through leading-edge technologies that help physicians determine the most effective treatment for every patient. In many cases, the lab is able to determine the need for open-heart surgery before the heart disease becomes life-threatening.
Biplane Cardiac Catheterization Lab
Mercy now offers a Biplane Cardiac Catheterization Lab, which gives us the ability to perform brain intervention. This means that for the first time in Stark County, stroke patients don’t have to be transferred to Cleveland for this treatment. Our Biplane will save hours of brain damage related to the occluded artery, which is similar to our well-established Emergency Chest Pain Center for heart attack care.
The Biplane cath lab also reduces the amount of contrast dye for those patients with renal insufficiency and reduces the risk of renal insult due to a lengthy cardiac intervention. It offers very high quality, as well as additional patient safety due to the decreased amount of radiation delivered to the patient during high risk procedures. We’re excited to be the first in the Akron-Canton area to have a hybrid cath lab, where emergency surgical procedures can be performed, if needed, without transferring the patient.
Cardiovascular Surgery Operating Room (CVSOR)
At the Cardiovascular Center, physicians are committed to exploring all appropriate treatment options before deciding on surgery. If surgery is necessary, be assured that the expert surgical teams provide the best care possible performing all aspects of cardiac and thoracic surgery. The teams remain on-call throughout the patient’s hospital stay. They know how important it is to keep lines of communication open, talking frequently to family and friends while following each patient after surgery in the Cardiovascular Surgical Care Unit (CVSCU).
Cardiovascular Surgical Care Unit (CVSCU)
The Cardiovascular Surgical Care Unit (CVSCU) is dedicated to the care of post open-heart surgery patients. This universal bed unit allows the patient to remain in one room from immediate post op to discharge. This unique concept allows the expertise of the cross-trained staff to rotate around the patient.
Telemetry Care Unit
Sometimes called “cardiac stepdown,” the Telemetry Care Unit not only cares for cardiac patients, but medical and surgical patients as well. Other patients utilizing Telemetry Care include individuals with an altered heart rhythm and those who have transferred from the Coronary Care Unit, Intensive Care Unit, Cardiac Catheterization Lab and EP Lab.
Coronary Care Unit (CCU)
This progressive critical care unit provides continuous intensive care for cardiac patients. The Coronary Care Unit also provides expert care for those who have suffered heart attacks. In addition, any patient undergoing balloon angioplasty, atherectomy and/or valvuloplasty procedures are transferred to the Coronary Care Unit from the Cardiac Catheterization Lab.
The Non-Invasive Diagnostic Unit uses state-of-the-art diagnostic procedures to evaluate patients’ cardiac status. These non-invasive procedures include 3-D Echo Imaging; Echocardiography; Color-Flow Doppler Echocardiography; Exercise Echo; Electrocardiography; Exercise Thallium, Cardiolite and Dobutamine Stress Testing; and Holter Monitoring.
Mercy Heart Failure Center
Mercy Medical Center is the first hospital in Ohio and the second in the nation to be named an accredited Heart Failure Institute by the Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium. The accreditation of Mercy¹s Heart Failure Center indicates that the hospital is proficient in managing this disease, placing emphasis on both quantity and quality of life across the entire continuum of care. Examples of innovative, proactive heart failure initiatives at Mercy include remote heart failure monitoring, the Dance for Life exercise pilot program, and rapid 24/7 access to clinical data for HF patients. For more information, call 330-580-4764.
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Mercy Arrhythmia Center (Electrophysiology Lab)
Mercy’s Arrhythmia Center offers a variety of advanced diagnostic and treatment options for life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias and troublesome atrial arrhythmias. The Electrophysiology and Pacemaking Laboratory suite features the latest recording technology and fluoroscopic X-ray equipment, the Arrhythmia Center is ideally equipped for comprehensive diagnostic studies and the most advanced therapeutic interventions.
The ultimate goal of Mercy Cardiac Rehabilitation is to enable patients with cardiac disorders to resume active and productive lives within the limitations imposed by their disease. Cardiac rehabilitation involves four phases:
Phase I: For the length of the hospital stay, Phase I focuses on progressive ambulation, exercise and education.
Phase II: This outpatient phase continues for up to 12 weeks with monitored exercise, continued education for patient and family, and psychosocial support.
Phase III: During this outpatient phase, the patient “graduates” to a maintenance program of medically supervised exercise and continued reinforcement of positive lifestyle behaviors.
Phase IV: This phase is an advanced maintenance program that is utilized when a patient’s medical condition allows for a more independent format but still requires a safe exercise environment.