Heart & Vascular

Heart & Vascular

If you think you could be having a heart attack or stroke please call 911 immediately.

In a cardiac emergency, early recognition, quick response and expert care are vital to ensure the best outcome. Both accredited chest pain centers, Wesley Medical Center and Galichia Heart Hospital offer some of the most advanced cardiac care and cardiology services available in south-central Kansas.

Symptoms

Coronary symptoms may be a prelude to a heart attack. During a heart attack or possible symptoms leading to one, timing, early detection and swift action are essential. Recognizing the following symptoms and taking action is the best way to protect and save your life or someone else’s.

These symptoms may indicate a need for immediate heart care:

  • Chest discomfort
  • Chest pressure
  • Fluttering in the chest
  • Chest heaviness
  • Tightness in the chest or throat
  • Left shoulder or arm pain
  • Left jaw pain
  • Irregular/racing heartbeat
  • Pain between the shoulder blades

These symptoms may indicate coronary problems that should be reviewed by a doctor:

  • Shortness of breath (especially during exercise)
  • Exercise fatigue
  • Extreme tiredness

Treatment

Wesley and Galichia provide a full continuum of cardiology services – caring for you at every stage, from initial diagnosis and treatment to rehab and recovery.

Conditions we treat:

  • Aortic dissections and aneurysms
  • Arrhythmia
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Chest pain
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart attack
  • Heart murmur
  • Heart valve disease
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)

Cardiology procedures we perform and services we offer:

  • Arrhythmia care
  • Advanced heart failure services, including defibrillator and pacemaker insertion
  • Interventional procedures, such as angioplasties and stent implantations
  • Cardiac ablation
  • Cardiac CT scan
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Cardiac mapping
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Cardiac stress test
  • Cardiac surgery
  • Cardioversion
  • Chest x-ray
  • Chronic total occlusion of coronary arteries (CTO)
  • Closure of congenital defects
  • Coronary calcium scan
  • Electrocardiogram
    • Dobutamine stress
    • Transeophageal
  • Electrophysiology
  • Holter monitoring
  • Hypothermia treatment for cardiac arrest
  • Impella cardiac assist device
  • Implantable loop recorder insertion
  • Inter vascular coronary ultrasound
  • Laser lead extraction
  • Nuclear stress test
  • Rotational atherectomy
  • Structural Heart Procedures
    • PFO Closure
    • TAVR
    • Alcohol septal ablation
    • Aortic balloon valvuloplasty
    • Aortic coarctation stenting
    • Atrial appendage ligation/exclusion
    • Mitral balloon valvuloplasty for mitral stenosis
    • Paravalvular leak closure
    • Percutaneous balloon pericardiotomy for recurrent pericardial effusion
  • Tilt table testing
  • Vascular care

Cardiac Units and Departments

  • Wesley has several units for cardiovascular patients. All the units provide constant electronic monitoring and nurses are specially trained in the care of cardiac patients.
  • Wesley has two medical/telemetry units. While in these units, patients may begin therapy and education to prepare them for their care after discharge.
  • The cardiovascular interventional unit is for recovery of patients who have an angioplasty, stent or other interventional treatment in the cardiovascular lab.
  • The most seriously ill patients stay in the coronary care unit, which has 26 beds with state-of-the-art equipment and a high level of staffing.
  • Wesley has nine cath labs in three surgical services locations – Wesley Medical Center, Galichia Heart Hospital and Surgicare of Wichita.
  • Wesley’s structural heart program includes a hybrid operating room, a surgical theatre that includes the most advanced imaging devices available for minimally-invasive surgery.
  • Wesley’s certified outpatient cardiac rehabilitation services help people with heart disease continue their recovery by achieving a healthy, active lifestyle and restoring the heart to its highest possible level of functioning.

Screening and prevention

As heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States, prevention is key. With access to advanced screening tests, you can identify risks and catch problems in their early stages. Our cardiologists perform thousands of diagnostic heart tests each year. To learn more about your risk for heart disease, visit www.hearthealthadvisor.com.

If your family has a history of heart disease or if you have high blood pressure or are overweight, no matter what your age, talk to you doctor about getting your cardiac calcium score.

Who should be screened for heart disease?

Genetics and lifestyle choices can both play roles in heart disease risk. Education is the best method for prevention. People with a family history of heart disease or those who have undefined deaths in the family should be screened and educated on their heart health.

Talk to you doctor to learn more about heart care and your risk of developing heart disease. Call 316.962.DOCS to find a doctor who specializes in heart care.

Additional resources

Heart Valve Clinic
Galichia Heart Hospital
Wesley EmergencyCare Network
Stroke Center