Experienced Heart Care You Can Trust

2018 Inpt Services 4 ImageImproving the quality of your life is at the heart of all we do at Premier Health. You inspire us to achieve more and to make real differences in the lives of those we serve. As a result, Premier Health hospitals are recognized as national leaders in heart and vascular care. We are proud to offer cardiovascular services provided by experienced, board-certified specialists across Southwest Ohio.

When it comes to your heart, trust Premier Health to help keep the beat going strong.

Here's to a Healthy Heart

2018 Inpt Services ImageLiving a heart-healthy life can help you win the battle against coronary artery disease or CAD, the most common of heart diseases, that can lead to chest pain, heart attack, heart failure, and heart rhythm problems. Understanding how to detect and prevent heart disease, your personal risk factors, and treatment, if needed, are steps you can take to live a longer, healthier life.

Learn how you can slow or even prevent coronary artery disease. Take an on-line risk assessment, read about Heart CT that can find heart disease before symptoms, or see if a Premier HeartWorks program is right for you.

Treating Blocked Arteries

2018 Inpt Services 2 ImageThe inside walls of healthy arteries are smooth and clean. Over time, fatty substances like cholesterol form plaque, stick on the arterial walls, and cause them to thicken. Called atherosclerosis, this narrows the arteries and can decrease or block the flow of blood to the heart, sometimes causing a heart attack.

Premier Health is here for you with cardiologists and staff experienced in increasing blood flow to the heart. In coronary angioplasty, a catheter with an inflatable balloon is sent to your heart to widen a blocked or narrowed coronary artery. During this procedure, your doctor may put a stent in to keep your artery from closing again.

When the buildup on arterial walls hardens, blood paths can become rough and irregular. Coronary orbital atherectomy gently sands down solid plaque into particles tiny enough to be absorbed by the body and restores blood flow in the artery. Premier Health was the first health system in the Dayton area to offer this innovative option to high-risk patients.

During coronary artery bypass grafting or CABG, a healthy artery or vein is connected to a blocked artery, to create a new path, and improve blood flow to the heart. Premier Health cardiothoracic surgeons are experienced in open-chest and minimally-invasive procedures that use advanced technology and require smaller incisions.

Managing an Irregular Heartbeat

2018 EP ImageOur rhythmic heartbeat depends on the heart conducting electrical impulses in unison. Heart rhythm problems called arrhythmias result when cells become damaged or chaotic. Your heart may beat too fast, too slow, or ineffectively. Atrial fibrillation or A Fib is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. Arrhythmias can affect your quality of life. They may also put you at risk for serious complications such as stroke, heart failure, and sudden cardiac arrest.

When you need more than medications and lifestyle changes to manage an arrhythmia, Premier Health offers offer pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators, and cardioversions. Cardiac ablation, a minimally invasive option, is a more permanent treatment designed to allow your heartbeats to return to a normal rhythm with heat or cold energy applied to the misfiring cells.

Learn more about heart rhythm management, including arrhythmias, atrial fibrillation, and advanced treatment options such as cryoballoon ablation and Stereotaxis.

New Options for “Broken” Hearts

2018 Structural Heart ImageStructural heart diseases involve the heart's anatomy or “structures;” these would be the valves, chambers, walls, and pockets. When they're not shaped correctly or damaged, blood flow can be altered, and major complications such as stroke, heart failure, or sudden cardiac arrest can follow. Some of these conditions are present from birth, while others can be acquired later in life. Structural heart diseases include valves that don't open and close properly (aortic stenosis) or mitral valve regurgitation, abnormal openings between heart chambers (ventricular septal defect) or patent foramen ovale, or an open pocket in the upper left chamber of the heart (left atrial appendage that can increase stroke risk for certain patients with A Fib. Most of these diseases are progressive - making symptoms more severe and complications more likely as time goes by.

Until recently, the only way to treat moderate to severe structural heart disease was with open-chest surgery. At Premier Health, we are proud to be the first in Dayton to bring many recently approved medical advancements using minimally-invasive and catheter-based procedures, such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement or TAVR to our community.

It's the Size of a Quarter, but You Can't Put a Price on It

2018 LAAC In Content ImagePeople living with atrial fibrillation (A Fib) are five times more likely to suffer a stroke than someone with a regular heartbeat. Unfortunately, A Fib-related strokes tend to be more severe, with higher rates of death and disability, than the typical stroke. To counteract this ever-present risk, people with A Fib take blood thinners. Although effective, blood thinners can cause less than ideal complications for some patients.

Premier Health is the first in the Dayton region to offer left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) using the Watchman™ Device. This catheter-based procedure is designed to dramatically reduce the risk of stroke by closing off the heart's left atrial appendage, preventing blood from pooling and forming large clots. By closing off this area, the need for blood thinners is eliminated over time. In fact, 99% of patients with the Watchman Device stop taking blood thinners within a year. In our opinion, that's priceless.

Succeed Despite Heart Failure

2018 Disease Management ImageIf you or a loved one has heart failure, you're not alone. It's the leading reason people age 65 and older stay in the hospital. Having heart failure does not mean that the heart has stopped pumping. It means your heart isn't pumping as well as it should.

Heart failure is a serious, lifelong condition that's generally caused by another disease, such as aortic stenosis, heart attack or high blood pressure. Premier Health's heart failure management programs help our patients improve their quality of life and avoid emergencies that can lead to hospital stays.

Get Back to Your Life with Cardiac Rehab

Cardiac rehabilitation is an important part of treatment for patients with learning to live with a variety of heart diseases or those recuperating from heart related procedures. Through a combination of supervised exercise, lifestyle modification programs, education, and support, cardiac rehabilitation helps heart patients improve their health and prevent future heart problems.

Ease the Pain of Aching Legs

2018 Leg Pain ImagePeripheral arterial disease or PAD is narrowing of arteries that result in poor blood flow to your arms and legs. When you walk, exercise or climb a flight of stairs, if your leg muscles don't get enough blood you can get painful muscle cramps. When the cause is PAD, those muscle cramps stop with rest. As PAD progresses, you may notice your toes and feet are cold or numb, and your wounds are slow to heal.

Premier Health offers vascular rehabilitation at Miami Valley Hospital South to help patients treat the progression of PAD. If lifestyle changes aren't enough, peripheral angioplasty can get more blood flowing to the legs and arms. An inflatable balloon may widen the narrowed or blocked artery, and stents may be used to keep the artery from closing again. Premier Health physicians were the first in Dayton to offer Ocelot, a unique tool that provides a real-time look at the inside of an artery, so doctors can more accurately navigate through narrowed vessels, remove blockages, and return blood flow to the feet and lower legs.

When Wounds Won't Heal 

2018 Foot ImageChronic, non-healing wounds are often the result of other long-term conditions such as diabetes, poor circulation, burns and immobility. When a wound won't heal, it can cause additional problems and jeopardize a person's health. Premier Health has taken a leading role addressing this need with comprehensive, out-patient wound care centers. An individual whose wound has not shown improvement over the last two weeks, or has not completely healed within six weeks may benefit from the specialized care we can provide.

Don't Give Your Heart to Just Anyone. Trust Premier Health.

The Premier Health Heart and Vascular Institute's innovative programs and services are designed to provide quality care for positive patient outcomes – with fewer complications, shorter recoveries, and long-lasting benefits. We are proud to serve our patients at convenient locations throughout southwest Ohio, and welcome those seeking second opinions with their heart disease treatment plans.

If you or a loved one would like more information about the many cardiovascular services provided by Premier Health, please call us at (937) 499-7427(937) 499-7427.

Content Updated: June 12, 2018

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