The Heart and Vascular Institute at Medical Center of South Arkansas is proud to offer comprehensive cardiovascular services featuring the latest treatments and technology. We provide preventive and interventional care and we are ready for emergencies. Some of our many services include:
- Cardiac Catherization and Coronary Artery Stent Deployment
- CTA Cardiac
- CTA Carotid Arteries
- CTA Abdominal Aorta
- CTA of Abdomen with run off to lower extremities
- AICD Placement
- Pacemaker Placement – permanent and temporary
- Peripheral Vascular Bypass Surgery
- Carotid Artery Surgery
- Echocardiograms – including transesophageal
- Aortic & Mitral Valve Surgery
- Complete Peripheral Vascular Intervention -including carotid, renal arteries, and arteries to legs
- Nuclear Medicine Stress Testing
- Treatment of Disorders of the Heart and Valves
- Endograft Deployment for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms
The Med Center's Cardiopulmonary Department provides services for patients with abnormalities of the heart, lungs and circulatory system with a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic treatments. Detailed studies of the heart and lungs are provided to physicians using diagnostic studies such as pulmonary function tests, cardiac stress tests and EKG's.
Cardiac CT Scanner
|Computerized Tomography (CT)|
creates detailed images of your body’s internal organs using X-rays with computer technology.
Computed Tomography Scan of the Chest
Detailed information on computed tomography (CT or CAT scan) of the chest, including the reasons and preparation for the procedure, how the procedure is performed, and after care.
The Heart & Vascular Institute at Medical Center of South Arkansas uses the LightSpeed VCT (Volume Computed Tomography) scanner from GE Healthcare allowing clinicians to complete extremely fast exams while tailoring image quality, anatomic coverage and scan speeds to meet patient and application demands.
Knowing your Calcium Score may help save your life.
There is now a non-invasive test available at the Medical Center of South Arkansas, through the Heart & Vascular Institute, called a Coronary CT Calcium Score that can evaluate your risk "in a heartbeat." This non-invasive test is called HeartScan.
Calcium Scoring: A simple test can save your life.
What is a HeartScan?
The HeartScan is a Cardiac CT scan used to obtain information about the location and extent of calcium deposits, also known as plaque, found in the coronary arteries. Coronary arteries are the vessels that supply the heart with oxygenated blood.
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is the most common form of heart disease and the leading cause of heart attacks. CAD occurs as plaque builds up in the arteries. The plaque is made up of fat, cholesterol and other substances, including calcium, which can narrow the arteries or even close off blood flow to the heart. The result may be severe chest pain, heart attack or death. It's the calcium in those plaques that the HeartScan can detect and the findings are expressed as a calcium score.
The HeartScan can detect CAD at an early stage in individuals before symptoms have developed and estimate your risk for future CAD and/or heart attack.
Is a HeartScan for me?
Individuals with any of the following risk factors are candidates for the HeartScan:
- High Cholesterol
- Family history of Heart Disease, Heart Attack or Stroke
- High Blood Pressure
- Cigarette Smoking
- Overweight 20 pounds or more
- Physical Inactivity
- In addition, anyone who is concerned about their risk for heart disease.
How do I get a HeartScan?
The Heart & Vascular Institute at Medical Center of South Arkansas supports partnerships with patients and their primary physicians in its delivery of advanced non-invasive imaging. Patients may schedule an appointment with the Heart & Vascular Institute by calling 866-845-0388, or a HeartScan my be scheduled by the primary physician.