Cardiovascular Services 
 
 
 
 
 

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital’s cardiovascular services are designed to address prevention, intervention and treatment. Our cardiac specialists and staff use advanced technology and techniques designed to help restore your heart to good health. These services include diagnostic imaging, nuclear stress testing, digital catheterization lab, and cardiovascular surgery (open heart surgery)

Award-Winning Cardiovascular and Stroke Care 
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is focused on improving the quality of life for our patients. Our commitment to quality care is why we are consistently recognized by leading independent health care quality organizations for offering a higher standard of care.

As a Cycle III Accredited Chest Pain Center and Primary Stroke Center, we are specially trained to assess, diagnose and treat patients quickly and effectively during the critical early stages of a heart attack of stroke, when treatments are most effective.

According to the Eleventh Annual HealthGrades Hospital Quality in America Study, Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital was recognized for quality treatment of heart failure and stroke. The study, the largest of its kind, analyzed patient outcomes at virtually all of the nation's 5,000 hospitals over the years 2004, 2005 and 2006. HealthGrades has ranked Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital with a five-star rating for treatment of heart failure two years in a row and five-star rating for treatment of for stroke four years in a row.

We have also been recognized with the American Heart Association's Get with the Guidelines Achievement Award for delivering quality care for coronary artery disease and stroke.

Our Services
We treat patients suffering from acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) and provide care for patients admitted for diagnostic work-ups and/or management of acute and chronic cardiac diseases, such as congestive heart failure. In addition, preventative screenings are conducted regularly to give our neighbors the tools they need to better manage their own cardiac health.

The new comprehensive Heart Cath Lab at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital features the GE Innova 2100 interfaced into the GE Centricity. This system will provide digital images, which can be viewed by the cardiologist or surgeon at a workstation in multiple locations. The system will be interfaced to the cardiology department, which will allow for the reading of electrocardiograms at multiple locations.

Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital has acquired an advanced, 64 Slice CT imaging system designed to offer a non-invasive way for physicians to obtain the information they need to diagnose disease and life threatening illnesses, including cardiovascular disease, stroke and chest pain.

Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States. Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is here to help you combat the threats of this silent killer - and to provide services designed to put you on the road to rehabilitation and recovery.

Cardiology services include: 

     Open heart surgery 
     Implanted pacemakers 
     Heart failure treatment 
     Diagnostic imaging 
     Cardiac catheterization 
     Non-invasive testing 
         Echocardiography 
         Peripheral vascular ultrasound 
         Electrocardiolograph 
     Nuclear cardiology
         Exercise stress testing 
         Pharmacological stress testing 
    

Know the Signs of Heart Attack and Stroke

Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Symptoms of a Stroke

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Know the Signs of Heart Attack and Stroke
It is especially important to be aware of the symptoms of heart attack or stroke, two leading causes of death in the United States.

However, just as important as knowing about the symptoms is acknowledging that you are experiencing them.

"Time is muscle" is a saying that means the longer you delay seeking treatment for heart attack symptoms, the more damage your heart will sustain. The same is true for stroke; the longer you delay seeking help, the greater your chance for serious disability or death.

Symptoms of a Heart Attack
Call 911 if you experience: 

     A sensation of pressure or pain in the chest, either when you are at rest or active 
     Pain radiating down an arm (often the left arm) or to the jaw 
     Other symptoms may include sweating, weakness or shortness of breath

In women, heart attack symptoms sometimes differ from that of men. They may include: 

     Sudden weakness 
     A slight pressure in the chest, or pressure to the back or stomach 
     Shortness of breath 
     Sweating 
     Heart palpitations

Patients already diagnosed with and receiving treatment for the heart condition known as angina pectoris should seek emergency treatment if they experience a new type of pain, or increased intensity or frequency of pain.

Heart attacks occur when a clot blocks an already-narrowed artery in the heart, cutting off the flow of blood. Fortunately, clot-busting medications, together with inventions such as balloon angioplasty and bypass surgery, have made this condition treatable, as long as treatment is sought immediately.

Symptoms of a Stroke 

    Call 911 if you experience: 

     Weakness in your arm, leg or one side of your body 
     A decrease in your level of consciousness 
     Disorientation 
     Difficulty speaking 
     Dizziness or convulsions 
     Sudden vision loss 

The cause of a stroke may be a blood clot or a hemorrhage (bleeding) in the brain. Clot-busting drugs exist for blood clots in the brain, but their effectiveness in preventing damage depends upon the speed with which help is sought. Recovery from a cerebral hemorrhage is directly related to the length of time blood flow to the affected area of the brain is deficient or completely blocked.

The Bottom Line
The bottom line for reducing the risk of complications or death caused by heart attack or stroke is:

Know the Symptoms
Call 911 immediately should you experience any symptoms.