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At St. Bernards, our invasive and interventional cardiologists are experts at treating heart conditions that can be treated with procedures like angioplasty and stenting. Using both nonsurgical and minimally-invasive procedures, a cardiologist trained in these techniques can correct many different heart problems. 

Benefits can include:

  • Less pain
  • Less anesthesia
  • Faster recovery time
  • Less blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Less time in the hospital

Peripheral Artery Disease
Heart disease occurs when calcium, also called plaque, builds up in the vessels of the heart. Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women and occurs in almost half of the population.  

But plaque occurs in other parts of the body as well, like the arms and legs, and when that happens it is just as dangerous. The condition is called peripheral artery disease (PAD), or peripheral vascular disease (PVD). Patients sometimes call it hardening of the arteries. Just think of it as heart disease that has made its way to other parts of the body.   

PAD is almost as common as heart disease, but much less known or diagnosed. At St. Bernards, our cardiologists make sure that a heart patient is also monitored for PAD. We specialize in diagnostic testing including:

  • Arterial doppler scans
  • CT angiograms of the legs 
  • Peripheral arteriogram

You are at a higher risk for PAD if you have these factors:

  • Diagnosed with heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Smoke
  • 65 years and older

Like heart disease, PAD is treatable. Treatment options include:

  • Angioplasty
  • Laser or diamondback atherectomy
  • Stenting of leg arteries 
  • Surgery

Symptoms of PAD

  • Pain in the calf, thigh or buttocks while walking 
  • Weakness in the arms or legs
  • Your legs give out when walking
  • In advanced cases you may experience:
    • Pain in the foot and leg when resting
    • Foot sores and ulcers that lead to amputation

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of PAD, consult your physician immediately.

Congestive Heart Failure Clinic

St. Bernards Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) Clinic provides specialized care, education and monitoring to help patients manage their CHF and avoid slipping into acute episodes that are frightening, dangerous and require trips to the emergency room.

Treatment Program
Our staff will work closely with you to help you manage your CHF, and we’ll keep your physician in the loop on your condition and progress every step of the way.

With the right care, CHF can be managed, and heart failure doesn’t have to stop you from participating in life to your fullest potential. 

How It Works
Participation in the St. Bernards CHF program requires a physician’s referral. After the referral is made, contact the CHF clinic staff to schedule your first appointment. 

  • A CHF team member will perform an evaluation to determine your health needs.
  • We will customize an education plan just for you.
  • For the first four weeks, we’ll schedule weekly appointments. After four weeks, your schedule will be adjusted based on your needs. 
  • Our goal is to help you be as self-sufficient as possible, but we will always be here to help.
  • You will receive the care and support you need for as long as you need it. 

Contact the CHF team at 870.207.7300.
 

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