When it comes to issues of the heart, you deserve the very best care and treatment. Heart failure, a condition in which the heart can’t pump enough blood to supply the body, can be either systolic or diastolic. Systolic heart failure is due to a weakened, poorly contracting heart muscle (caused by heart attacks, viruses, certain chemotherapy drugs, or heredity). Diastolic heart failure is due to a stiffened heart muscle that does not fit well, even though it contracts strongly. This can be due to high blood pressure or kidney disease.
“Good Samaritan offers the three main tiers of cardiac services— emergency diagnosis, interventional procedures and open-heart surgery. Cardiac patients can rest assured knowing that once they arrive at Good Samaritan, they will not need to be transferred to another facility. We offer it all,” explains Richard Griffin, M.D., Medical Director of Good Samaritan’s emergency department. At Good Samaritan Regional Health Center, they offer the full gamut of cardiac care, diagnosis and state-of-the-art treatment in one location.
Good Samaritan’s emergency department team works with emergency service personnel to diagnose patients with heart attack or other cardiac issues quickly.
“We have put the people, resources and processes in place to provide expert, emergency diagnosis so patients can get treated right away,” says Dr. Griffin.
Whenever possible, Good Samaritan uses minimally invasive techniques to treat heart patients. In the cardiac catheterization lab, interventional cardiologists not only examine the heart and vascular system, they treat patients as well. For example, many heart attack patients are treated immediately in Good Samaritan’s cardiac catheterization lab with angioplasty and stenting. These
nonsurgical, interventional procedures involve less risk and result in a quicker
recovery for the patient. When it comes to heart care, time really is muscle. The sooner the surgeon can open the vessel, the better the outcomes. By having interventional cardiology services available on-site, Good Samaritan provides the fastest treatment for the patient.
If interventional approaches are not possible, Good Samaritan also offers
open-heart surgery, such as coronary artery bypass. Even though this surgery is highly complex, it’s provided with the compassion for which Good Samaritan is known. “All of my patients are unique. I treat them as I would want my
family to be treated,” says Hoang Nguyen, M.D., cardiovascular surgeon at Good Samaritan.
Dr. Nguyen adds, “For a community of our size, it is very rare to have a center with our capabilities. From interventional procedures to open-heart surgery, we offer the treatment options patients need in order to stay close to home.”
Donald Breeze, 60, is one patient who benefited from Good Samaritan Regional
Health Center’s open-heart surgery program. Donald had a history of heart problems, but when he began having difficulty breathing, he thought his allergies were just acting up. Unfortunately, the problem got worse. Donald’s heart
began racing and soon he began gasping for air, couldn’t sleep and was
miserable. Finally, he went to see Dr. Nguyen.
“We found that Mr. Breeze had extensive blockages in his heart arteries,” Dr. Nguyen explains. The blockages were so extensive that a catheterization lab intervention was not a good option. “He needed coronary bypass surgery.”
To help ease his anxiety, Dr. Nguyen carefully explained the surgery.
“Dr. Nguyen sat down beside me, held my hands, looked me in the eyes ... I felt so comfortable,” says Donald. Dr. Nguyen successfully performed Donald’s bypass surgery at Good Samaritan. Now, after attending cardiac rehabilitation, Donald is energetic, well-rested and breathing well.
“The quality of treatment I received from everyone at Good Sam was exceptional,” says Donald. “They saved my life.”