Cardiovascular Imaging

Our Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories, equipped with a specialized  imaging system, allows for excellent visualization of the blood vessels of the heart. During catheterization, X-ray dye is injected into the coronary arteries to detect any blockages which may be present. In some cases blockages can be corrected by performing a coronary angioplasty procedure. A balloon is inserted into the blockage and inflated for several seconds to open the blockage. Then a coronary stent may be placed in the area of the blockage to maintain the opening. In the case of advanced disease, coronary artery bypass surgery may be necessary. Pacemaker implants are also performed in the catheterization lab for patients who require this device to correct heart rhythm abnormalities.

Cardiovascular Surgery

Conway Regional has an established open heart surgery program including coronary bypass surgery. Coronary bypass surgery includes heart valve repair and replacement, advanced aneurysm repair, pericardial windows, and bypass procedures. Our cardiothoracic surgeon has more than 20 years of experience in performing open heart surgery.

Vein Harvesting

Conway Regional has lead the state implementing this highly advanced technology. During bypass surgery, the physician may remove ("harvest") the saphaneous vein from the patient's leg. This vein is then used to bypass blocked heart arteries. At Conway Regional, a minimally-invasive procedure is often used to harvest the veins. By using special instruments and an approximately one-inch incision, the vein can be removed. The incision is closed with an adhesive product, eliminating sutures or staples. This technique has been shown to be more comfortable for the patient during recovery.

Heart procedures available at Conway Regional:

Surgical Services

  • Coronary artery bypass
  • Valve repair and replacement
  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Pericardial windows
  • Aneurysm repair
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Thorascopic surgery
  • Placement of ventricular assistance devices

Cardiac Catheterization

  • Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA)
  • Coronary stent placements
  • Diagnostic left heart caths
  • Right heart caths and valve studies 
  • Temporary and permanent pacemaker insertions
  • Pericardiocentesis procedures
  • Coronary stent placements both bare metal and drug eluting
  • Impella Device
  • Temporary and permanent pacemaker/defibrillator insertions
  • Coronary arthrectomy
  • IVUS Intravascular coronary ultrasound
  • Peripheral interventions for peripheral vascular disease
  • Revascularization of chronic total occlusions

Non-Invasive Cardiology

  • Treadmill
  • Persantine and myoview stress testing
  • 24-hour holter monitoring
  • Cardiac tilt table procedures 
  •  Rest/stress, bubble and transesophageal echocardiograms

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