Heart & Vascular

The Medical Center has the strongest cardiac care program in the region. We rank in the top 10 percent nationally in patient safety in Heart Attack Treatment, Major Cardiac Care, Interventional Coronary Care and Vascular Care.

Nothing beats experienced physicians and the surgical team. We perform more procedures than any hospital in the Tri-State region. More than 4,000 people between the Florida beaches and Montgomery choose us each year for their procedures, treatment and follow-up care. Our experience, the latest technology and our new facilities allow the Medical Center's Heart and Vascular team to provide the highest quality patient-centered, individualized care.


Our skilled Heart and Vascular team consists of vascular surgeons, cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiologists and1923HVAboutUs interventional radiologists, all board certified in their respective specialties. Our patients feel confident they are in good hands with our staff who are trained to use the most advanced technology available.

We hope you never need us.

At the Southeast Alabama Heart & Vascular Center we wish you the very best in health for years to come. But if you're like millions of Americans, chances are you could fall victim to heart problems or other serious vascular and circulatory disorders. From strokes to aneurysms, these silent killers can affect anyone and any time.

That's why we started the Southeast Alabama Heart & Vascular Center:
- A comprehensive care program featuring the latest in screening/preventive care, diagnostic services, interventional therapies, and rehabilitative services.

- Our diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation protocols are designed to avoid duplication of services while maximizing patient safety, comfort and satisfaction.

- High-tech, high-touch facilities designed with your comfort in mind. From our rooms to our surgical suites to our specialized cath labs, we have outstanding technology but we also focus on easing your concerns and making the entire experience as comfortable as possible.

- A commitment bringing cutting-edge treatments to the communities of southeast Alabama, northwest Florida, and southwest Georgia so that quality care is delivered in pleasant and convenient location close to home.

We hope you never need us – but we're here and ready when you do.

The Heart and Vascular Center provides the most comprehensive care for all matters of the heart and the body's vascular system.
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At Southeast Alabama Heart & Vascular Center, our team is all heart.

That's because these experts - registered nurses, general surgeons specializing in vascular procedures9520YourTxTeam, vascular surgeons, cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons and interventional radiologists – treats your illness as a systemic problem that needs to be handled in an integrated fashion.

They are devoted to identifying and treating your problem with the utmost in care and professionalism. They work with your primary care physician to provide the kind of care you rely on and trust.

You will meet our team as you make your way from screening, to diagnosis, to treatment, to after care. They're with you every step of the way.

Find A Physician

Whether you need a primary care physician or a specialist, Southeast Alabama Medical Center can help you connect with highly skilled caregivers.

Support Groups, Classes and Rehabilitation

At Southeast Alabama Heart & Vascular Center we want to help you see how maintaining your health extends far beyond immediate treatment. We can connect you with programs that can potentially improve your condition for years to come:

  •  Cardiac Rehabilitation
  •  Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  •  Diabetes Treatment Center
  •  Other SAMC Programs and Services

 

Cardiac Rehabilitation

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Center is designed for people like you – people who have heart disease, or who have one or more risk factors for heart disease, and who are determined to improve their health. We've created a supportive environment where you learn to:

  •  Minimize your health risk factors, which reduces your chances of future complications
  •  Restore, and even increase, your physical fitness
  •  Understand the many different aspects of heart disease and the many ways it impacts you – and your loved ones
  •  Cope with the psychological problems, such as anger and depression, that often come with a major illness

Our program brings together a team that is focused on developing your heart-healthy lifestyle – from individualized exercise plans to eating smarter:

Phase 1 - is started while you're in the hospital for treatment. We evaluate your condition, determine if cardiac rehabilitation is right for you, and prepare for your outpatient phase.

Phase 2 - is an outpatient program that is ordered by your physician. It includes exercise planning and training, nutrition counseling and learning how to live with your condition.

Phase 3 - is a maintenance program that blends exercise, group support, and additional education and monitoring to keep up your new, healthier lifestyle.

Education

Group classes for you and your family provide information on basic anatomy and functions of the heart, diet, nutrition, work simplification, medications, activity and exercise, coronary risk factor modification, and stress management.

Personal Counseling

Personal counseling can assist you in adjusting or developing lifestyle changes. The cardiac nurse specialist will review your progress in all areas and will update your exercise prescription. Dietary counseling will also be included to assist you in developing a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Extra Support

The monthly meetings of the Caring Hearts Support Group are led by a physician or other healthcare professional. Sanctioned by the American Heart Association, Alabama Affiliate, Inc., Houston County Chapter, group meetings offer patients and their families support and guidance in managing their heart disease.

Insurance Coverage

Medicare and many private insurance plans cover all, or part, of the costs of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Some insurance companies do require pre-authorization and co-payments before you enter the program. Please call your carrier to find out its specific requirements.

Follow Up

Maintaining your "continuum of care" is very important to the Cardiac Rehabilitation team. That's why evaluation reports are sent to your doctor when you finish the program (or more often if you need additional help) to track your progress.

For More Information

Call the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center at (334) 793-8025.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

The Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program provides information, exercise as well as emotional support if you have breathing and lung problems along with your heart or vascular disease.

If you've been diagnosed with

  •  Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COPD)
  •  Emphysema
  •  Cystic Fibrosis
  •  Asthma
  •  Pulmonary Fibrosis
  •  Lung Transplant

our blend of medically-supervised diagnostic testing, education, and carefully-planned exercise may help you reach a better level of physical health and performance, while improving your mental and emotional well being.

Education

You will learn more about your disease, your medications, smarter eating habits, how to retrain your breathing, relaxation techniques, and how to recognize symptoms and complications that may occur in your specific disease.

Exercise

You get an exercise program developed for your specific needs and the fitness goals you want to achieve. All exercise sessions will be under careful supervision of a registered respiratory therapist, cardiac nurse, and/or exercise specialist. They include aerobic conditioning along with monitoring of your heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation. We'll record your progress and share the results with your doctor.

Insurance Coverage

Medicare and many private insurance plans cover all, or part, of the costs of the Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program. Some insurance companies do require pre-authorization and co-payments before you enter the program. Please call your carrier to find out its specific requirements. Please be aware: the maintenance program we offer is NOT covered by Medicare or private insurance.

Maintenance Program

After completing the monitored exercise and education phase of the program, you may enter the maintenance program. This is a more independent exercise program, there is no time limit to how long you may attend, and you will pay for it during each month that you participate. Spouses are welcome to join in as well!

Extra Support

Created by the American Lung Association, the Better Breathers Support Group is led by a physician or other healthcare professional to give you and your family up-to-date information on pulmonary disease and related topics. The meetings are held on the 7th floor of the SAMC Doctor's Building on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

For More Information

Call (334) 793-8025 for more information on the Outpatient Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program.

Diabetes Treatment Center

If you have diabetes, you face additional health challenges. Southeast Alabama Medical Center's Diabetes Treatment Center provides:

  •  Education about your condition
  •  Information about monitoring your health
  •  Diet and exercise counseling
  •  Family education and support

Call 334-793-8854 and to book your appointment today.

Other SAMC Programs and Services

Southeast Alabama Medical Center has a wide array of health and wellness programs that are designed to promote your overall wellness.

Talk to your treatment team about other services that could help you – or your family – achieve the best quality of life possible with the conditions you're facing, or explore the many offerings on

A Special Note For Smokers

Giving up smoking is proven to be one of the best steps you can take to protecting your overall health – especially your heart and vascular system. In fact, there are more resources available than ever before – many free or low cost – that are proven techniques for breaking nicotine addiction. Our team can help you connect with programs at Southeast Alabama Medical Center or provide other information to help you in your effort to quit.

It's simple: if you don't smoke, don't start. And if you do smoke, quit. You can still reap many benefits – no matter how old you are.

Contact Us and Directions

Help for yourself or a loved one at the Southeast Heart & Vascular Center is just a phone call away - 334-793-8143 or toll free 1-800-507-7262.

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Southeast Alabama Heart & Vascular Center
Southeast Alabama Medical Center
Outpatient Tower – 3rd Floor
1108 Ross Clark Circle
Dothan, AL 36301

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Most people believe heart disease will affect "someone else." Despite this common belief, heart diseaseHeartDiseaseFacts is the number one killer in the U.S and a major cause of disability. Heart disease comes in many forms, most frequently through narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries. These important blood vessels that supply blood to the heart. This condition is known as coronary artery disease and happens gradually over many years. Coronary artery disease is the cause of most heart attacks.

Heart problems may affect the valves in the heart, or the heart may not pump well and lead to heart failure. Some people are born with heart disease.

To reduce your risk of heart disease, manage the factors that put you at greater risk:

  • Control your blood pressure
  • Lower your cholesterol
  • Don't smoke
  • Get enough exercise

Most people believe heart disease will affect "someone else." Despite this common belief, heart disease is the number one killer in the U.SHeartAttackWarningSigns and a major cause of disability. Heart disease comes in many forms, most frequently through narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries. These important blood vessels that supply blood to the heart. This condition is known as coronary artery disease and happens gradually over many years. Coronary artery disease is the cause of most heart attacks.

Heart problems may affect the valves in the heart, or the heart may not pump well and lead to heart failure. Some people are born with heart disease.

To reduce your risk of heart disease, manage the factors that put you at greater risk:

  • Control your blood pressure
  • Lower your cholesterol
  • Don't smoke
  • Get enough exercise

Heart attack warning signs for men

In the United States, more than 300,000 people a year die from a heart attack before they get to a hospital or in the emergency room. Many of those deaths can be prevented by acting quickly.

Some heart attacks are sudden and intense. However, most start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Here are some of the signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath. This may occur with or without chest discomfort. Other signs. These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

Heart attack warning signs for women

The most common symptom of a heart attack in both men and women is some type of pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest. But it's not always severe or even the most prominent symptom, particularly in women. Women are more likely than men to have signs and symptoms unrelated to chest pain, such as:

  • Neck, shoulder, upper back or abdominal discomfort
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Unusual fatigue

These signs and symptoms are more subtle than the obvious crushing chest pain often associated with heart attacks.

Women often get to the emergency rooms after much heart damage has already occurred because their symptoms are not those typically associated with a heart attack. If you experience these symptoms or think you're having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately. DON'T DRIVE YOURSELF TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM.

What are the heart disease risk factors for women?
Although the traditional risk factors for coronary artery disease — high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity — affect women and men, other factors may play a bigger role in the development of heart disease in women. For example:

  • Metabolic syndrome — a combination of fat around your abdomen, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and high triglycerides — has a greater impact on women than on men.
  • Mental stress and depression affect women's hearts more than men's.
  • Smoking is a greater risk factor for heart disease in women than in men.
  • Low levels of estrogen after menopause pose a significant risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease in the smaller blood vessels (small vessel heart disease).

Is heart disease something only older women should worry about?
No. While heart disease is the leading cause of death for women 65 and older, it's the third-leading cause of death for women 25 to 44 and the second-leading cause of death for women 45 to 64. Women under the age of 65 who have a family history of heart disease should pay particularly close attention to the heart disease risk factors. Still, all women, of all ages, should take heart disease seriously.

What to do

If you think you're having a heart attack, DO NOT DRIVE YOURSELF TO THE HOSPITAL OR DOCTOR. Instead, call 9-1-1 before it's too late. It's almost always the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment and with the Dothan Fire Department's new 12-lead EKG technology, paramedics can provide more detailed patient information to hospital physicians and help reduce the time between a patient's arrival in the emergency department to cardiac intervention, such as a coronary angioplasty.

Plan what to do ahead of time in case of a heart attack -- it could save your life or someone else's. We recommend the following steps as part of your plan:

  1. Learn the signs of a heart attack and know the differences in symptoms between men and women.
  2. Ask your doctor whether you are at risk for a heart attack and what you can do about it. Ask if you should take aspirin and/or nitroglycerin if you begin having chest pain.
  3. Talk with your family members, friends and coworkers about the heart attack warning signs and the importance of acting quickly.
  4. Discuss the benefits of calling 911.