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Keep heart health in mind

Val Verde Regional medical Center (VVRMC) offers three unique and effective ways to combat heart and peripheral artery disease. Multiple approaches have proved to be more effective in providing patients with a better outcome and a higher quality of life. Medicare/Medicaid covers all three.

VVRMC has an interventional cardiology clinic, overseen by Medical Director Debanshu Roy, MD. Dr. Roy and his excellent team are able to provide diagnosis and treatment for a variety of heart and blood vessel conditions using nonsurgical, catheter-based procedures along with imaging techniques. The VVRMC Catheter Lab provides the equipment and trained personnel to address issues such as coronary artery disease, heart valve disorders, congenital heart disease and more. Getting a diagnosis, and possibly a procedure, in the catheter lab is the first step toward the patient's overall heart health.

Cardiac rehab

Cardiac Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary treatment and management program for acute and chronic cardiac conditions. Patients are thoroughly evaluated. Then they are offered an individualized plan that includes physical activity, instruction on nutrition and education on stress management. A registered nurse closely monitors patients.

Some of the issues addressed by cardiac rehab include:

  • Coronary bypass
  • Heart attacks, heart surgery and heart failure
  • Stabilized angina
  • Angioplasty
  • Coronary stent placement
  • Heart transplant

Cardiac rehab has proved effective in reversing the damage done to blood vessels. VVRMC's Cardiac Rehabilitation program receives high praise from patients. They report more stamina, weight loss or stabilization, and overall well-being.

Supervised Exercise Therapy (SET)

SET addresses peripheral artery disease (PAD) and coronary artery disease (CAD). A large number of those diagnosed with PAD also develop CAD. Why? Because both diseases are caused by a narrowing of blood vessels due to a buildup of plaque. Plaque consists of fat and cholesterol. Smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, family history and ethnicity are all risk factors.

SET helps improve narrowed arteries through closely supervised walking exercises. PAD can cause mild to severe pain—usually in the legs, but sometimes in the arms. The pain (called claudication) is worsened by activity and alleviated by rest. By walking until there is some pain, resting until it subsides and repeating this pattern, PAD can be successfully treated.

SET allows the body to form new blood vessels, which improves circulation and alleviates pain. Untreated, PAD can result in amputation, stroke, heart attack and open heart surgery. VVRMC patients participating in SET have reported vast improvements.

Categories: Heart health

We can help

For more information about heart health care at VVRMC, call 830.778.3696. To inquire about cardiac rehabilitation or SET, call 830.703.1729.