At St. Luke’s Hospital it’s all about heart

Written by Healthy Living News. Posted in February

St. Luke’s is taking heart care to a whole new level. Among the best equipped and staffed heart and vascular hospitals in the region, St. Luke’s is a leader in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of heart and vascular disease, with highly respected board-certified cardiologists and cardiac surgeons.

 

Yet, St. Luke’s also offers something you won’t find often in a technologically advanced medical environment: heart.

“High quality care is a big part of the culture here, as is patient-centered care,” said Dan Wakeman, CEO. “Bringing exceptional heart disease treatment and management to our community is central to who we are.”

Ohio has a 10% higher rate of heart disease than the nation, where it remains the number one killer of both men and women. Heart disease is also a major cause of disability. The disease is irreversible, but can be treated with medications and by maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

At St. Luke’s, treatment for such conditions as coronary heart disease, heart attack, and heart failure is both comprehensive and state-of-the-art.

Cardiac expertise and the latest technology

At the St. Luke’s Interventional Cardiology Center, doctors, nurses, and other medical experts work within one of the busiest programs in northwest Ohio. With full accreditation for percutaneous coronary intervention and cardiac catheterization, the center hums with activity.

Advanced equipment supports both low- and high-risk catheterizations, as well as elective and emergent angioplasty and interventional procedures, with a direct move to cardiac surgery if necessary.

Identifying heart attacks quickly

Another example of expertise lies in the quick treatment of chest pain. The hospital’s Accredited Chest Pain Center is staffed around the clock by a specially-trained team. Their ability to identify patients who may be having a heart attack—even when they don’t display the usual symptoms—reduces time to treatment during critical early stages.

Working proactively to manage heart failure

Heart failure patients are understandably frightened and uncertain of their future. You’ll find the St. Luke’s special brand of caring at the only heart failure accredited hospital in northwest Ohio.

The program helps patients work proactively to manage their disease. It is led by the patient’s own physician, who works with St. Luke’s team of multidisciplinary specialists to create customized plans for medication management, education, and lifestyle.

“Keeping primary physicians central to care is another facet of our drive to improve heart health care in northwest Ohio,” Wakeman said.

Continuing care with cardiac rehabilitation

A key marker for survival after a heart-related event is exercise and education. St. Luke’s passion to continually improve a seamless system of heart and vascular care is on full display at the St. Luke’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program. This program, as with all of St. Luke’s cardiac services, is open to any patient with a primary diagnosis of heart disease, regardless of where they were initially treated.

“We’re always moving forward,” said Wakeman. “Our charge is to continually advance the knowledge, skills, and facilities needed to provide the best, most advanced heart and vascular care in northwest Ohio.

“We’re exceptionally proud of where we are today,” he continued, “and we’re extremely excited about tomorrow.”❦

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