From Basic Heart Care to
Open Heart Surgery
and everything in between





Dr. Kevin Crowe
Interventional Cardiologist

Dr. Christopher Nicholas

Cardiac, Chest and Vascular Surgeon

Dr. William A. McGee

Cardiac, Chest and Vascular Surgeon



Dr. A.K. George
Invasive Cardiologist

M. Faisal Khan, MD

Interventional Cardiologist
Vicki Hibl, BS, MPAS
Certified Physician

Jim Streff

Adult Clinical
Nurse Specialist

Our dedicated heart care team is pleased to offer a complete line of cardiac care including:

Stress testing to evaluate chest pain. The patient walks on a treadmill at increasing grades and speeds while the EKG is monitored. Chemical stress tests, when medicines are administered to stimulate the heart, are offered in many cases. Both tests are designed to show if chest pain is heart-related.
Echocardiograms: Ultrasound to detect abnormalities of the heart muscle, valves, and to measure blood flow and chamber sizes.
Cardiac catheterization: A procedure to evaluate patients with chest pain or heart irregularities. Also called an angiogram, thin catheters are threaded through blood vessels in the arm, wrist or groin into the heart, and contrast dye is injected to allow cardiologists to see inside the heart and the vessels. This procedure is used to see how the heart is functioning and if there are any blockages in the arteries feeding the heart muscle.

Transradial cardiac catheterization: Patients undergoing one of cardiology's most common procedures, cardiac catheterization, are typically required to lie nearly perfectly still on their backs for about four hours to reduce the chance of a serious bleeding complication. With a new approach that proponents say is much more comfortable and safer for patients, Ozarks Medical Center cardiologists are increasingly initiating catheterization in the wrist, known as transradial catheterization.

More information about transradial catheterization
Transradial information sheet
Wrist may be route to safer heart treatment - Wall Street Journal
OMC cardiologist uses new technique to speed patient recovery
Open Heart Surgery: When angioplasty and stents are not an option, open-heart surgery may be recommended to bypass blocked arteries. During heart bypass surgery, healthy blood vessels are taken from a patient’s leg and used to create a detour around blocked coronary arteries.
Balloon Angioplasty and Stent Placement: At the same time of your cardiac catheterization, blockages found can be treated. Thrombectomy uses a special catheter and removes blood clots from your heart arteries. Balloon angioplasty is used to push the blockage outward against the wall of the heart artery. Atherectomy uses a special catheter that cuts out the blockage. Stent Placement positions a sleeve-like metallic scaffold to hold the heart artery open. You may have one or all of these techniques performed in order to promptly relieve chest pain and reduce the risk of heart attack or death.
Defibrillator Placement: An Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) treats life-threatening heart rhythms by a shock to the heart, correcting the abnormal rhythm. Besides “zapping” the heart back to a normal rhythm, ICDs generate milder electrical impulses which can artificially regulate or “pace” the heartbeat.
Permanent Pacemaker Placement: Placed under the skin in the upper chest attached to soft, flexible wires leading to the heart to help keep regular heart rhythm intact when the patient's own system slows or fails. Can be programmed using a special computer.
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD): PAD occurs most often in the arteries in the legs, but it can also affect other arteries that carry blood outside the heart. People with PAD have a two to six times greater chance of death from a heart attack or stroke. The good news is PAD can be treated. The same treatments performed on your heart can be performed for PAD. The most common signs of PAD include fatigue, tiredness or pain in your legs, thighs or buttocks when you walk, but goes away at rest; foot or toe pain at rest that often disturbs sleep; or skin wounds or ulcers on your feet that are slow to heal. If you think you have PAD, see your health care provider.
Cardiac Rehabilitation: Patients who have suffered a heart attack, had balloon angioplasty, stent placement, had open heart surgery or valve replacement may be referred to OMC Cardiac Rehabilitation Services. The cardiac rehab gym includes treadmills, exercise bikes and weight-lifting equipment. Trained staff are on hand at all times to assist patients with monitored exercise, education and emotional support.
Know the warning signs of a heart attack

Signs and symptoms: The key to quick treatment is to know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. They are:

  • chest pain
  • chest tightness or chest pressure
  • pain in one or both arms
  • pain in the neck or jaw
  • shortness of breath
  • sweating
If you experience these symptoms or are present when someone else does, you should call 911 immediately.



Ozarks Medical Center Heart Care Services

1115 Alaska Ave, Suite 114
West Plains, MO


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