Heart disease remains a leading threat to the health of Americans. That’s why it’s so important to have leaders in heart care so close to home, 24/7, whenever you need it. Our experienced heart team is committed to delivering expert care for your heart. We offer a broad spectrum of cardiac services, from sophisticated testing for early diagnosis and treatment to heart surgery. We believe in treating the whole person, not just the disease. At Odessa Regional Medical Center, you can expect a personalized, coordinated approach and the caring attention you deserve — all aimed toward achieving great results.
Understanding Signs and Symptoms
The basics: Chest pressure, squeezing, aching, or burning. A feeling of fullness. A Pain that travels down on or both arms. Others are jaw pain, excessive fatigue, anxiety, nausea, back pain and shortness of breath.
Men vs Women
- Men normally feel pain and numbness in the left arm or side of the chest. However, in women these may appear on the right side.
- Women may feel completely exhausted, drained, dizzy or nauseous.
- Women may feel upper back pain that travels up into their jaw.
- Women may think their stomach pain is the flu, heartburn, or an ulcer.
In an atypical presentation, the signs and symptoms are different. HOW? The patient may not complain about pain or pressure in the chest. Be alert for the following:
- A sharp or “knife-like” pain that occurs with coughing or breathing.
- Pain that spreads above the jawbone or into the lower body.
- Difficult or labored breathing
Survive. Don’t drive. Call 9-1-1!
We offer a broad array of heart-related services, all delivered with compassion and exceptional expertise.
Chest Pain Protocols
Is it heartburn — or a heart attack? A fast answer to that question could save your life. If you feel chest pain, our emergency department provides prompt care. Special protocols and testing help our team quickly diagnose whether a patient is experiencing a heart attack.
Cardiac catheterization helps doctors evaluate how well the heart is functioning and whether there are blockages in the arteries. During the procedure, physicians insert a very thin flexible tube into a major vein and navigate it to the arteries around the heart. Using advanced imaging technology, doctors can see whether there is plaque build-up in the heart’s vessels. If blockages exist, surgeons use treatments such as angioplasty or stent placements to restore better blood flow. Since cardiac catheterization is a minimally invasive procedure, most patients feel better within hours and some can go home the same day.
Our hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that can produce clear, detailed views of the human heart and help doctors detect heart disease with pinpoint accuracy. Our advanced diagnostic testing capabilities include:
- 64-slice CT scanner
- MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
- Nuclear medicine cameras
- Transesophageal echo
- Stress testing
- Carotid Ultrasound
- Ambulatory 24 Hour Blood Pressure Monitoring
- Holter monitoring
When necessary, we can draw from a wide range of surgical options to treat and correct heart disease. Some of the most common procedures are:
Coronary Bypass Surgery
This procedure re-routes blood around clogged or narrow arteries to improve blood flow and oxygen levels to the heart.
Heart Valve Surgery
This procedure repairs or replaces heart valves that are defective from birth or that have been damaged.
Cardiovascular Critical Care
After heart surgery, patients receive the specialized care they need in our critical care unit. This unit is equipped with high-tech monitoring systems to help assure the heart is functioning properly as patients recover from surgery and heart disease.