Heart center in Idaho Falls, Idaho
The heart center at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center provides world-class heart care right here in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Our team of cardiologists, heart surgeons and other heart specialists help prevent and treat cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
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Advanced heart care at EIRMC
The nationally recognized heart specialists at EIRMC are specially trained to provide advanced treatments for patients with heart conditions. The solutions they offer include lifechanging surgeries and innovative procedures.
Here is an example: Several of our heart surgeons offer the Left Atrial Appendage Closure procedure to patients with atrial fibrillation. This procedure reduces the risk of blood clots that cause strokes in patients A-fib. To perform it, surgeons implant a device in the heart that permanently closes off a small pouch (the left atrial appendage), keeping blood clots from entering the bloodstream and traveling to the brain. Several companies provide these devices including Amulet, Coherex Wavecrest, and Watchman.
Accredited Chest Pain Treatment Center
Eastern Idaho Regional is designated as an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. To achieve these designation, we consistently meet or exceed stringent national standards and demonstrate a higher level of expertise when caring for patients with heart disease.
We were also awarded a five-star rating from Healthgrades for our coronary intervention excellence in 2016, which put us in the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation offering coronary intervention.
Heart care services
Eastern Idaho Regional has a complete spectrum of cardiac, cardiovascular and thoracic services for adult patients with heart conditions. We perform minimally invasive procedures and traditional open heart surgery. We are also the only hospital in the region offering minimally invasive valve repair and replacement.
Our heart services include:
- Chest pain treatment
- Heart catheterization
- Pacemaker and defibrillator placement
- Atrial septal defect closure
- Patent foramen ovale closure
- Elective cardioversion
- Event recorder placement
- Cardiac surgery
- Thoracic surgery
- Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)
- Vascular surgery
- Nuclear cardiology
- Cardiac rehabilitation
- Pediatric cardiology (in partnership with University of Utah)
Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center offers electrophysiology (EP) services in our state-of-the-art EP lab. Electrophysiology studies are conducted on patients with abnormal heart rhythms, or arrhythmias.
Typically, electrical signals travel through the heart in a regular pattern, but some factors can cause the heart to beat irregularly. Common causes of an irregular heart beat include heart attack, high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation and congenital heart defects.
During the EP study, a heart doctor inserts a small sheath into your artery or vein and guides several small catheters through the sheath towards your heart. An advanced GPS guidance system maps a 3D image of your heart.
Small electric pulses are delivered through the catheter so that your heart beats at different rhythms. The signals produced by your heart are recorded, which allows the doctor to identify where the arrhythmias are occurring. Treatment options may include medication, a pacemaker, an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), cardiac ablation or surgery.
Cardiac catheterization lab
Our cardiac catheterization lab provides diagnostic and therapeutic services by cardiologists that excel in their field. We have the full capacity and support to treat patients 24/7 who are experiencing chest pain or complications due to coronary artery disease. A cardiac catheterization is generally ordered on an emergency basis when symptoms, like chest pain, could mean serious heart problems.
At Eastern Idaho Regional, some patients have the option for a transradial catheter—a catheter with entry at the patient’s wrist, as an alternative to the groin. This can reduce complications, decrease bleeding and promote a faster recovery.
Fewer than 15 percent of heart programs in the U.S. offer this option. In fact, our cath lab healthcare providers routinely train doctors from across the country on this technique. Eastern Idaho Regional has the highest volume of transradial catheterizations in the Intermountain West.
Cath lab procedures
Our cardiac cath lab team includes critical care specialists, cardiologists, interventional radiologists, licensed radiologic technologists, registered nurses, certified nursing assistants and registered cardiovascular technicians. This team is able to perform heart screenings to identify heart conditions, heart defects and how well the heart functions.
Diagnostic procedures in the cath lab include:
- Coronary angiography
- Right and left heart catheterization
- Peripheral vascular angiography studies
- Myocardial biopsy
- Pacemaker insertion, permanent and temporary
- Pacing studies, overdrive pacing, cardioversions
- Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA)
- Intra-aortic balloon placement
- Percutaneous transluminal peripheral vascular angioplasty
- Intracoronary stent placement
- Intracoronary rotational atherectomy
- Intra-vascular ultrasound
- Intracoronary thrombectomy
Heart disease in women
Diseases of the heart and circulatory system kill over half a million women in the U.S. every year—far more than breast cancer. However, heart disease in women often goes unnoticed or unreported.
Women’s symptoms of heart disease can be more subtle than men’s symptoms. Women frequently continue activities when they don’t feel well, not realizing that symptoms may represent a heart condition.
For more information about our cardiac rehab program, please call (208) 529-6111.