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The Heart and Vascular Center of Central Arkansas The Heart and Vascular Center of Central Arkansas creates a heart care epicenter at National Park Medical Center, and it is the largest, most comprehensive freestanding cardiac facility in the region, featuring the newest cardiac cath lab in the area and more cath labs than any other heart center in the region.  It is the only integrated heart center in the region, combining Outpatient, Inpatient, and critical care in one heart center while also connected to a full service acute care hospital.

Entrance & Parking

The Heart and Vascular Center is connected to National Park Medical Center, but has a separate entrance and parking area, located off Hollywood Avenue. The center creates a third floor at NPMC, but is also at ground level.

Registration Desk & Family Waiting Area

*Upon entering the Heart and Vascular Center, patients and guests are greeted by a welcoming registration and waiting area specifically for patients and guests of the Heart and Vascular Center of Central Arkansas.  This will include:

  • Cardiac Cath Lab Patients
  • CVICU Patients
  • Cardiac Rehab Patients

CVICU – Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit

*8 private patient rooms

*Fast-paced, high acuity unit

*Rooms feature:

  • Private restrooms
  • Computers to facilitate bedside documentation and medication verification
  • Beds capable of NIBP, Sp02, arterial, pulmonary artery, cardiac output, temperature and arrhythmia monitoring.
  • Satellite Nursing stations allow direct observation of the critical patient.

*CVICU nurses are specialized for their fields, requiring an RN Degree and are able to utilize advanced technology and evidence-based guidelines in caring for the patients in the CVICU; Certification in BLS (basic life support) and Certification in ACLS (advanced cardiac life support).

*The CVICU Patient population includes:

  • Post-operative cardiothoracic surgical patients
  • MI ( Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Failure
  • Cardiac Dysrhythmias
  • Structural heart disease
  • Pre/post-op vascular and cardiac surgery
  • Video Assisted Thoracotomies
  • Neurological Surgeries
  • Carotid Artery Procedures

Catheterization Labs

“Cardiac catheterization” is a general term for a group of procedures that are performed using this method, such as coronary angiography, as well as left ventricle angiography.   The Cath Labs are also used to perform peripheral arteriography, angioplasty and stenting in the legs.

Once the catheter is in place, it can be used to perform a number of procedures including angioplasty and PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) angiography.  A list of procedures carried out in the Cath Lab includes:

Each Cath Lab procedure includes a full team of specialists to ensure the highest quality of care.  This includes an intervenational cardiologist, 2 radiology technologists specialized in cardiovascular care and a registered nurse specialized in critical/cardiovascular care.

One of the most common procedures performed in the cath lab is coronary angiography, which is similar to an x-ray and shows an external map of the arteries while contrast material is injected to examine the flow of blood and check for abnormalities such as build up due to plaque.

The NPMC Cath Lab also features Intravascular Ultrasound technology, or IVUS, which allows physicians to see vessels from the inside allowing more precise images and measurements to determine if and where a stent should be placed.

FFR, or Fractional Flow Reserve, is another advanced technology available in NPMC’s cath lab.  It is a guide wire-based tool that can accurately measure blood flow and help to assess the severity of a lesion in a vessel.

Pre & Post Cath Procedure Area

The Heart and Vascular Center features a 12-Bed Pre and Post Cath Procedure area  for the preparation and recovery of cardiac catheterization patients.  These may include:

This unit features 12 private patient bays with doors for privacy and comfort.    The Pre & Post Cath procedure area is staffed by a registered nurse with special training in post cath recovery.

Cardiac Rehab and Outpatient Therapy Center

The new, state of the art, Outpatient Therapy Center and Cardiac Rehabilitation Center is located just inside the Heart and Vascular Center, and features a separate entrance for ease of access.  Cardiac Rehab is a medical supervised program designed to help improve your cardiovascular health if you have experienced:

  • heart attack
  • heart failure
  • angioplasty with or without stents
  • open heart surgery (i.e. Bypass or Valve repair/replacement)

National Park Medical Center’s Cardiac Rehab staff is trained in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Basic Life Support, and ECG interpretation.  The Director of the Program has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology and Master’s Degree in Education.  The program is divided into three phases to ensure a patient’s safe return to healthy cardiovascular activity.  Phase one is an inpatient visit, Phase two is a 36-session, 12-week Outpatient Program, and Phase 3 which is an ongoing maintenance program.

The common cardiovascular equipment room is surrounded by windows overlooking Hot Springs Country Club and the NPMC Helipad.  The Outpatient Therapy Center also features 4 private therapy rooms for speech, occupational and physical therapy.