Self Regional Healthcare is committed to fighting heart disease. Our advanced technologies and state-of-the art equipment provide the Lakelands region comprehensive care, from prevention to intervention, diagnosis to rehabilitation, and every step in between.
Quality care is achieved through a multidisciplinary team of professionals including board-certified cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons, anesthesiologists credentialed in cardiac anesthesia, certified operating room RNs, critical care RNs, specialized technologists in invasive and noninvasive care, physician assistants, perfusionists, respiratory therapists, exercise physiologists, and more.
The first step in the fight against heart disease is preventing it through education, awareness, and screenings. We encourage you to visit a primary care provider (PCP) at least once per year, even if you feel healthy, so they can assess your vital signs and bloodwork. These tests can help your PCP diagnose problems such as hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes (high blood sugar), hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), and other conditions that significantly increase your risk for heart disease.
We’ve streamlined the diagnostic process. Employing the latest technology, our
cardiologists have the ability to rapidly acquire and interpret the results of an echocardiogram or cardiac catheterization. Diagnostic tools include electrocardiography, stress testing, tilt table testing, echocardiography, Holter monitoring, electrophysiologic testing and cardiac catheterization.
- Cardiac catheterization and angiography
- Exercise treadmill stress testing with nuclear imaging
- Holter monitoring
- Event recording
- Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE)
- Coronary computed tomography angiogram (CCTA)
- Cardiac magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA)
Self uses the latest technology and equipment to provide interventional care. Balloon angioplasty, with or without stent implantation, can be used to restore blood flow to the heart muscle with excellent outcomes. When a cardiac emergency occurs, timing is critical, which is why we have cath lab staff on call 24 hours a day.
Interventional cardiology includes:
- Coronary angiography
- Right heart catheterization
- Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA)
- Coronary stenting
- Intracoronary ultrasound imaging
- Rotational atherectomy/Rotablator™
- Rheolytic thrombectomy/Angioj™
- CardioMEMS™ implantation
- Pulmonary Embolism treatment – EKOS™ drug therapy delivery system catheter and FlowTriever® mechanical thrombectomy device
- Life Supporting Devices – Intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) and Impella® heart pump
Cardiac Electrophysiology (EP) Services
We offer the full breadth of the most advanced, cutting-edge protocols for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac rhythm abnormalities, also known as arrhythmias. These include device therapies, invasive EP studies and interventional electrophysiology.
Device-based treatments include pacemakers for slow rhythms, implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) for abnormally fast rhythms that can result in sudden death, and cardiac resynchronization therapy (biventricular devices) for advanced heart failure.
Interventional electrophysiology utilizes radiofrequency energy (heat) or cryotherapy (cold) to selectively ablate or eliminate the source or the structures critical for an arrhythmia to perpetuate. The target for ablation can be pinpointed with an invasive EP study, where electrode catheters are strategically placed in the heart, permitting precise mapping of an arrhythmia.
EP services include:
- Loop recorder implants
- Biventricular pacemakers and defibrillators
- Bundle of His devices
- Leadless pacemakers
- EP diagnostic studies
- Catheter ablation of:
- Supraventricular tachycardia
- Atrial tachycardia
- Atrial flutter
- Atrial fibrillation—radiofrequency and cryo ablation
- AV node
- Ventricular tachycardia
Minimally Invasive Structural Heart Program
Self Regional also performs minimally invasive procedures to correct two of the most common structural problems in the heart.
WATCHMAN is a small device that is implanted to seal off the place where 90% of stroke-causing blood clots are formed in people with atrial fibrillation, or “AFib.” This device significantly reduces the risk of a stroke and also eliminates the need for blood thinners in patients who suffer from bleeding problems.
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) can be an alternative to traditional open heart surgery in some patients with aortic stenosis. When the aortic valve becomes calcified, or hardened, the valve is unable to open and close properly. As a result, there is decreased blood flow from the heart to the rest of the body, which can lead to heart failure. By replacing the valve, we can relieve symptoms such as chronic fatigue, weakness, dizziness, shortness of breath, and swelling.
For some patients with heart disease, cardiac surgery remains the best option. Our surgeons are skilled, compassionate, and experienced in all areas of heart surgery including:
Surgical services include:
- Coronary artery revascularization
- Valve repair and replacement
- Atrial fibrillation surgery
- Aorta and great vessels surgery
Self Regional Healthcare’s comprehensive cardiopulmonary rehab program supports patients with heart and/or lung disease, as well as individuals who are at risk for developing these conditions. Blood pressure and heart rate response to exercise are recorded and analyzed during the first month so that our multidisciplinary team can establish an individualized exercise program tailored to your needs. A physician referral is required.
Rehabilitation services include:
- Basic fitness evaluation
- Personalized exercise program
- Monitored exercise sessions
- Risk factor reduction education
- Smoking cessation counseling
- Stress management classes
- Nutritional assessment and guidance