Celebrating our 5th Anniversary of Cardiac Care

To date, 700 hearts (and lives) have been saved thanks to the availability of open-heart surgery close to home.

Allegiance Health is celebrating its 5th anniversary of providing nationally-recognized cardiac care to south-central Michigan. To date, 700 hearts (and lives) have been saved thanks to the availability of open-heart surgery close to home.

Allegiance President and CEO Georgia Fojtasek said, “Time is muscle for heart conditions requiring emergency treatment. Every minute matters. Providing our community with access to safe, high quality heart care close to home makes it possible for us to save more lives.”

Over the last five years Allegiance has expanded its cardiovascular services to include a full spectrum of heart care. In addition to open-heart surgery, Allegiance offers risk prevention education to detect and prevent damage from blocked arteries and abdominal aneurisms. The Cardiac Rehabilitation team provides follow-up care by coaching patients on physical exercise and proper nutrition to rebuild strength and prevent further heart attacks or strokes.

The 20-bed, state-of- the-art Allegiance Heart and Vascular Center incorporates the cardiac universal bed unit model of care. This allows heart patients to receive all of their pre- and post-surgery treatment from one bed, in one location. This customized unit is designed so patients can remain in the same spacious room from recovery through discharge – avoiding the discomfort and inconvenience of moving to different areas of the hospital for each level of care.

Severe chest pain is not always present with a heart attack, especially for older adults, people with diabetes and women. They may experience sudden shortness of breath, coughing, dizziness, fatigue or weakness. Don’t take a chance. Call 9-1-1.