Treating Heart Disease

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Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Edinburg Regional Medical Center provides a wide range of services for diagnosing and treating heart conditions.

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Accredited Chest Pain Center

Edinburg Regional Medical Center has received full Cycle III accreditation as a Chest Pain Center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers for their care and treatment for patients who present symptoms of a heart attack. The care for patients starts from the first symptoms and continues through discharge from the facility.

Patients who need catheterization are medically stabilized and sent to a facility such as McAllen Heart Hospital, that performs interventional cardiac procedures.

Pacemaker Devices

A permanent pacemaker is a small device that is implanted under the skin that sends electrical signals to start or regulate a slow heartbeat. It can also make the heart beat if the hearts natural pacemaker is not functioning properly or if the electrical pathways are blocked. These devices send small electrical impulses to the heart muscle in order to maintain a suitable heart rate and are effective for most patients.

Pacemaker insertion is often an outpatient procedure, done in the cardiac catheterization laboratory, or the electrophysiology laboratory. The patient is awake during the procedure, although local anesthesia is given over the incision site, and generally sedation is given to help the patient relax during the procedure.

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators

An Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) uses electrical pulses to treat life-threatening arrhythmias that occur in the hearts lower chambers. The ICD monitors your heart rhythm and will use electrical pulses to restore a normal rhythm if it detects an irregularity. If the pulses are unable to restore the rhythm, it will use high-energy pulses.

People who are at high risk for a ventricular arrhythmia are candidates for an ICD. Minor surgery is done to place the ICD inside the chest.

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To find a doctor that's right for you, call the Valley Care Clinics at 855-822-2778.