Cardiac Services

Located just south of Nashville in scenic Franklin, Tenn., Williamson Medical Center provides advanced cardiac services to patients throughout Williamson County. Two cardiac catheterization labs, a cardiac rehabilitation program and advanced procedures and processes ensure chest-pain patients receive the best heart care possible.

Most recently the Chest Pain Center at Williamson Medical Center earned full Cycle III reaccreditation with PCI from the Society of Chest Pain Centers, an international nonprofit organization focused on improving care for cardiac patients. PCI refers to interventional cardiology procedures such as balloon angioplasty and stent insertion.

WMC's Chest Pain Center first received the three-year accreditation in 2007, and the Chest Pain Center is only one component of a complete cardiac services program offered by WMC. Treatment of chest-pain patients begins in the field when WMC paramedics conduct an EKG and transmit results to WMC's Emergency Department. Physicians read the results and determine the best course of treatment, often before the patient even arrives at the Medical Center.

The latest diagnostic technology helps physicians determine whether a patient is having a heart attack or whether the chest pain is caused by non-heart-related issues. Patients may be admitted as inpatients, observed in our Chest Pain Center, or released if physicians can rule out heart-related chest pain.

If patients are having a heart attack and undergo angioplasty or stent placement, our outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation program helps them regain their optimal level of physical, mental and social well-being after the procedure.

 

Signs of a heart attack:

  • Chest discomfort
  • Discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweat
  • Nausea

Williamson Medical Center is committed to educating the community about the early symptoms of a heart attack. If you experience any of the above symptoms, call 911 immediately. How fast you receive medical care when experiencing a heart attack directly correlates with how much heart muscle is saved.

Learn about Early Heart Attack Care, signs and symptoms of Acute Coronary Syndrome and the importance of calling 911 if you or someone you love may be experiencing a heart attack.

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Interventional cardiology

Williamson Medical Center is a leader in providing interventional cardiology to patients having heart attacks. WMC began its interventional cardiology program in December 2003, and its cardiac catheterization labs represent an element of Williamson Medical Center's rapidly expanding Cardiac Services.

 

What is cardiac catheterization?

Cardiac catheterization is used to detect and evaluate conditions of the heart. A very small catheter is inserted into a major artery (usually the groin) and navigated through the aorta into the heart. Procedures are typically performed by interventional cardiologists, a sub-specialty within cardiology with special training in catheter-based diagnostic and interventional procedures.

Catheter-based intervention offers patients shorter hospital stays, reduced recovery time without the pain of a large incision, and minimal surgical scarring. The procedure also reduces the risks and recovery time found in traditional surgical approaches.

Coronary arteriography (X-ray photography of coronary arteries), angioplasty (using a balloon to open narrowed or blocked coronary arteries) and stenting (inserting a tiny mesh tube that supports artery walls and keeps vessels open) all are performed at WMC, ensuring the Medical Center is equipped for almost any cardiac emergency.

Williamson Medical Center heart-attack patients consistently undergo angioplasty within the recommended 90 minutes. Balloon angioplasty can cut a patient's risk of dying by 40 percent if it is done within 90 minutes of arriving at the hospital. 

 

Cardiac rehabilitation

Care doesn't end when patients leave the Medical Center. Our Cardiac Rehabilitation Phase II program, which uses physical exercise and education to help patients regain an optimal level of physical, mental and social well-being, was accredited in 2009 by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Cardiac rehabilitation is designed to teach proper care of your heart after the following:

  • Heart attack
  • Angioplasty
  • Stent placement
  • Coronary artery bypass surgery
  • Valve surgery
  • Heart transplant
  • Congestive heart failure

Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation usually begins within two weeks of leaving the hospital, depending on doctor's orders. Most insurance companies cover cardiac rehabilitation, and insurance coverage will be verified before you begin the program. The program typically lasts 12-18 weeks and includes monitored exercise and education supervised by WMC's Cardiac Rehabilitation staff. WMC offers:

  • Various class times throughout the day on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and various morning classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Educational sessions every week on various heart topics
  • A supportive environment, where your spouse, significant other or family members are welcome to attend education classes with you
  • Information detailing the many different risk factors for heart disease and what you can do to protect yourself for the future.

Participating in cardiac rehabilitation can improve your quality of life and decrease your chances of having another cardiac event. Depending on a person's risk factors, the program may help improve your blood pressure, cholesterol or diabetes. The program also will help those who smoke to quit, and will develop an exercise plan you can maintain for the rest of your life. We would like to help you on your road to recovery.

Hours of operation are 6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information and scheduling, call 435-5338. We will verify insurance coverage and schedule an initial appointment to get you started in our program.