Nationally Recognized Heart Care In Your Town
After a heart attack, blood flow stops – the sooner doctors restore blood flow the better, because time is muscle and every wasted minute causes permanent heart damage. Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute, located in Joplin, Missouri, offers you rapid, expert care. Recognized by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Missouri as a Blue Distinction Center® for Cardiac Care, Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute provides all cardiac services in one convenient location. Services include preventive care, emergency interventions, diagnostics, open-heart surgeries, structural heart clinic, rehabilitation, cardiology clinics and education. The facility, a three-story wing adjacent to Freeman Hospital West, has three state-of-the-art operating suites and four cardiovascular catheterization labs. Research is an integral part of our heart and vascular program. We participate in many national studies of cardiovascular treatment. From time to time, patients may be offered the opportunity to participate in clinical trials.
Level I STEMI Center
Minutes matter in a cardiac emergency. Freeman is designated as a Level I STEMI Center by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
The designation – the highest of four designations possible – means Freeman has a consistently proven plan and record of dealing with every aspect of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), a potentially deadly heart attack. The health system is only one of 20 in Missouri and the first in Southwest Missouri to be classified under the top-level designation.
The Level I STEMI Center designation is part of the state’s Time Critical Diagnosis System, which identifies hospitals specially equipped to treat STEMI, stroke and trauma patients and improves both the speed and quality of care. The system coordinates the 911 response system, ambulance services and hospitals in a comprehensive, integrated approach.
With the Level I STEMI Center designation, Freeman is setting the standard for excellence in heart care throughout the four-state area.
Cardiothoracic surgery provides treatment for patients with a wide range of conditions affecting the heart, as well as the respiratory and circulatory systems. We combine innovative technology with expertise and skill to provide the latest in vascular and endovascular surgical options.
Many of the procedures are performed using minimally invasive approaches through small incisions and with video assistance devices. Minimally-invasive beating heart surgery results in less pain and trauma, reduced recovery time, and reduced risk of infection. Patients experience better outcomes, spend less time away from home and return to work sooner.
As a regional center of excellence in heart care, Freeman reinvests in state-of-the-art equipment and the latest technological advancements. Our cardiothoracic surgeons focus on diagnosing and treating your condition quickly to improve your quality of life and get you back to living life as soon as possible.
Cardiothoracic surgical options:
- Off-pump coronary artery bypass
- Ross procedure (valve transplantation)
- Stent placement
- Vascular diagnostics
- Minimally invasive microwave ablation (atrial fibrillation)
- Bypass surgery
- Endovascular surgery
- Peripheral vascular surgery
- Keyhole/minimally invasive valve surgery
- Mitral valve repair
- Cardiac valve replacement and repair
- Cryoablation maze procedure
- Thoracic surgical procedures (lung surgery)
- Percutaneous peripheral vascular intervention
- Video-assisted thoracoscopy
- Aortic dissection
- Vascular access grafts
Sometimes when the heart is damaged by diseases such as infection, alcoholism or toxic effects of certain drugs, the chambers enlarge and the heart muscle stretches and weakens, which prevents the heart from pumping effectively.
Heartwise - Heart Failure Clinic
You may have felt alarmed to learn you have a chronic cardiac condition. Although receiving this diagnosis may have frightened you, it is treatable. While your heart no longer works as well as it should, many people live with this condition without ever suffering a heart attack. With the right team in place, the right medications and devices prescribed as needed, and the right lifestyle changes, you can enjoy a healthy, happy life. That’s where Heartwise, an initiative focused on empowering patients to better manage their chronic cardiac conditions, can help.
A chronic cardiac condition usually occurs as the result of a diseased or damaged heart. While many conditions can weaken the heart, common conditions are:
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
- Valve disease
Symptoms of a chronic cardiac condition can range from mild to severe and vary from person to person. Depending on the cause, symptoms can manifest suddenly or develop gradually. A very mild condition may show no visible signs at all. It is important to recognize the signs as soon as they appear, and treat the condition early with the help of your cardiac healthcare team. Treatment varies from patient to patient. Your cardiac healthcare team will determine the treatment plan that will work best for you.
For more information, call Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute at 417.347.5000.