Heart Care Services
Ozarks Medical Center Heart Care Services
1115 Alaska Ave, Suite 114
West Plains, MO
From Basic Heart Care to Open Heart Surgery and Everything in Between.
OMC uses an advance non-surgical technique to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms.
The procedure is called endovascular stent grafting. During the procedure
a catheter, which is a long, very thin plastic tube that carries a stent
graft, is placed into an artery in the groin. Using advanced imaging,
the physician guides the catheter to the area of the abdominal aortic
aneurysm. The graft is then positioned inside the aorta, re-routing the
blood flow through the graft, thereby relieving the pressure on the aorta
and keeping it from expanding and rupturing. The catheterization procedure
is much less invasive than a traditional surgical approach, in which a
large incision is made in the abdomen and the aneurysm is opened and repaired
with a synthetic graft.
Know the warning signs of a heart attack 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
If you experience these symptoms or are present when someone else does,
you should call 911 immediately.
Our dedicated heart care team is pleased to offer a complete line of cardiac
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm treatment
- Heart Monitoring
- Stress Tests
- Echocardiograms (Echo)
- Cardiac Catheterization
- Transradial Cardiac Catheterization
- Open Heart Surgery
- Balloon Angioplasty
- Thrombectomy (Clot Removal)
- Atherectomy (Plaque Removal)
- Stent Placement
- Defibrillator Placement
- Pacemaker Placement
- Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)
- Cardiac Rehabilitation
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.
Ultrasound to detect abnormalities of the heart muscle, valves, and to
measure blood flow and chamber sizes.
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
More information about transradial catheterization:
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.
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.
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.
Heart Care Clinic at Texas County Memorial Hospital
M. Faisal Khan, MD, Interventional Cardiologist, sees patients at Texas
County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Missouri, the first Wednesday of
each month. Please call 417-257-5950 to schedule an appointment. Texas
County Memorial Hospital is located at 1333 S. Sam Houston Boulevard,