Sandy Brooks was a busy young mother of two small children when life threw her a curve just before Christmas of 2002.
Our skilled Heart and Vascular team consists of vascular surgeons, cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiologists and 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 procedures, 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.
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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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
- Cystic Fibrosis
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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