Cardiac Care

Bothwell Regional Health Center offers a wide range of cardiovascular treatment services and diagnostic testing. Cardiovascular refers to the heart (cardio) and the blood vessels (vascular). The cardiovascular system includes arteries, veins, arterioles and capillaries.

Bothwell Regional Health Center has the area’s only cardiac cath lab, which allows speciality physicians to treat their patients close to home. The cath lab enables cardiologist specialists to perform cardiac catheterization to check the heart and coronary arteries for blood flow, blood pressure in the chambers of the heart, find out how well the heart valves work and check for defects in the way the wall of the heart moves. These tests can help determine the best treatment for each patient. In addition, Bothwell’s cardiologist performs cardiac surgeries including the insertion of pacemakers and defibrillators.

Additional services offered by Bothwell Regional Health Center include electrocardiograms (EKGs), a simple test that records the heart's electrical activity, stress tests, 24-hour Holter monitoring, a continuous recording of a patient’s heart rhythms, and portable cardiac monitoring is available from 24 hours up to 30 days. Echocardiograms are also used to help determine the heart’s size, evaluate how well it is functioning or pumping and to assess the structure and function of the valves within the heart.

A wide variety of stress testing options are offered, ranging from basic treadmill stress testing, to pharmacological (drug induced) stress testing. Both treadmill and drug induced stress tests can be done in conjunction with additional imaging, providing more information about the health and strength of the heart muscle. One stress test imaging option is nuclear medicine, which involves intravenous injection of a nuclear imaging agent along with pre and post stress pictures of blood supply to the heart muscle. Another stress test imaging option is echogradiography, which involves pre and post stress pictures taken with ultrasound, to visualize the heart valves and the strength and efficiency of the hearts pumping mechanism.

For more information on cardiac services at Bothwell Regional Health Center, email or call (660) 827-9570.