Innovations in Cardiovascular Care

Clinical Research and Education

At Premier Health, having advanced facilities and technology is our priority. For example, we offer training and research in new technologies for physicians and staff in The Brethen Center for Surgical Advancement in Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery. We also offer educational opportunities and research for cardiothoracic physicians, nurses, technicians, first responders, and the public through The Heart Institute of Dayton.

Comprehensive Care

In Content GraphicWhether you need care to lower your risk of a heart attack or an advanced procedure to repair a problem, Premier Health is here for you.

Treating Blocked Arteries

We take pride in providing compassionate care for you and your loved ones. When help is needed to open coronary arteries, Premier Health offers:

  • Coronary angioplasty: A small balloon is connected to a long, narrow, flexible tube called a catheter, guided through the artery, and inflated to make room for a metal stent that keeps the artery open. Premier Health cardiologists offer a wide variety of stents to meet patients’ specific needs.
  • Coronary orbital atherectomy: This minimally invasive procedure helps restore blood flow to the heart by treating heavily calcified coronary blockages that narrow or block the artery. Premier was the first health system in the Dayton area to offer this innovative option to high-risk patients.
  • Coronary artery bypass graft surgery: This surgery creates a path for blood to flow around a blockage and helps reduce the risk of further damage to the heart. Premier cardiothoracic surgeons perform both traditional open heart surgery and minimally invasive heart surgery that requires only a few small incisions.

New Treatment for an Age Old Problem – Aortic Stenosis

In the heart, a series of one-way gates called valves keep the blood moving in the right direction. If a valve doesn’t open wide enough, doesn’t close tightly enough, or wears out, not enough blood is sent out to the body. Aortic stenosis is a common valve disease that limits blood flow from the heart, especially for those over age 65. It’s a progressive disease, and until recently the only option was to replace or repair the valve by doing open-heart surgery. Premier Health was the first in the Dayton area to offer Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) for those with aortic stenosis who are too frail to undergo traditional procedures. TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure that replaces the aortic valve while the heart keeps beating.

Watch physician videos to learn more about aortic stenosis and TAVR.

On the Road to Recovery

Anyone who has experienced a cardiac event knows how devastating the effects can be, but such a setback does not have to be permanent. With the help of Premier Health cardiac rehabilitation programs, patients can return to productive lives after a heart attack or heart surgery. Premier programs combine carefully monitored exercise, education, and support to help patients make a strong recovery and get back to the lives they love.

Easing the Pain of Aching Legs

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a common circulatory problem caused by plaque in leg arteries that obstructs blood flow to the lower limbs and feet. Partial blockages may cause pain with walking that stops with rest. Total blockages can cause serious complications.

If you have leg pain when walking, you may have PAD. Call your physician, make an appointment, and find out about your options. Medical evidence has shown that an exercise program, vascular rehabilitation, may be beneficial in treating the progression of PAD. For more information about Premier’s Vascular Rehabilitation Program offered at Miami Valley Hospital call (937) 208-5475(937) 208-5475.

When lifestyle changes are not enough, Premier Health offers minimally invasive technologies to treat PAD. We were the first health system in the Dayton area to offer Ocelot technology. Traditionally, physicians have had only an x-ray to see from outside an artery, but with the help of Ocelot’s integrated camera, they can see from inside the artery. Additionally, two-dimensional X-rays are used and provide views like those of a printed map. Combining these innovations enhances physicians’ ability to break arterial blockages, and restore blood flow to the legs and feet.

Watch physician videos to learn more about leg pain and PAD.

When Your Heart Doesn’t Keep the Beat

When the heart’s electrical impulses aren’t timed properly, heartbeats can be too fast, too slow, or in an abnormal pattern. Cardiac arrhythmias can impact quality of life and cause serious health problems. Fortunately, there are multiple options for heart rhythm management.

When possible, the first line of treatment to correct an irregular heartbeat includes lifestyle modifications and medications. Implantable cardioverter defibrillators, and pacemakers are often used to manage heart rhythm disorders.

Cardiac ablation is used to eliminate the electrical sources that cause erratic heartbeats. Premier Health offers traditional ablation and these advanced technologies:

Arctic Front Advance™ Cardiac CryoAblation Catheter System: This minimally invasive catheter ablation technique uses "cryo”, or freezing, energy rather than heat to disable heart tissue that causes irregular heartbeats. Tissue that comes in contact with the balloon will scar, and may no longer spread the electrical currents that cause atrial fibrillation. The balloon design offers the ability to treat larger areas of tissue simultaneously and does not require the use of complex, three-dimensional mapping systems. This simpler form of ablation has been found to be effective in treating paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (PAF), in which A Fib symptoms occur intermittently.

Stereotaxis: This robotic-assisted magnetic navigation system is designed for the diagnosis and treatment of both common and complex arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia. It combines the benefits of precise, computer-aided guidance through delicate, often hard-to-reach regions of the heart with soft, flexible catheters. This further enhances the safety of ablation and reduces radiation exposure. Once in position, tiny electrical pulses are administered to correct the arrhythmia and return the heart to a healthy rhythm.

Watch physician videos to learn more about the most common cardiac arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation.

Atrial Fibrillation and Stroke Prevention

Atrial fibrillation (A Fib) is a heart condition in which the upper chambers of the heart (atria) beat too fast and with an irregular rhythm (fibrillation). Because the electrical impulses are so fast and chaotic, the atria cannot contract and move blood effectively into the ventricles. The quivering atria can lead to blood pooling and increases the risk of forming blood clots. These clots can then travel to the brain, causing a stroke. This is why having A Fib significantly increases the risk for stroke.

The most common treatment to reduce stroke risk in patients with A Fib is blood-thinning warfarin medication. However, some patients have a high risk of bleeding with its long-term use. Besides the increased risk for bleeding, warfarin anticoagulation therapy also limits a patient’s diet and activities. There are new medications and procedures available to help manage the risks of stroke and bleeding in patients with atrial fibrillation.

Premier Health was the first to bring another option to Dayton for those patients considered suitable to use warfarin by their physicians, but have reason to find an alternative. It’s called the WATCHMAN™ Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) Device. No larger than a quarter, it is implanted in the heart’s left atrial appendage (LAA), permanently closes off the small pouch, and thereby reduces the risk of stroke. Over time, patients may be able to stop taking their warfarin medication. Implanting the WATCHMAN Device is a one-time procedure, but not all patients are candidates. Please discuss eligibility and treatment options with your physician.

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

With as much compassion as we have commitment, facilities located throughout the region, and an extensive physician network.

Premier Health offers award-winning, quality close to home. That’s how Premier Health is leading in heart and vascular care. For more information about our cardiovascular services and programs call (937) 499-7427(937) 499-7427.

Content Updated: January 4, 2019

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