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Call 911 at the first signs of a heart attack. Knowing the warning signs of a heart attack can save your life.

Med Center Health provides the area’s most advanced and comprehensive cardiac care, and the only open heart surgery program in Southcentral Kentucky. Board certified surgeons lead The Medical Center at Bowling Green’s heart team, providing 24-hour emergency intervention for open heart surgery, while an extensive network of cardiologists provide balloon angioplasty and cardiac stenting. And, as a teaching hospital, Cardiac Fellows are trained at The Medical Center at Bowling Green, bringing an even higher level of care to our patients.

The Medical Center Chest Pain Center team is on call day and night, and every department from EMS to the nursing staff follows stringent protocols to ensure patients receive the best care possible during the critical early stages of a heart attack.  Our door-to-balloon time, or the time it takes for a heart attack patient to go from arriving at the ER to having a blocked artery opened in the Cath Lab with a balloon stent, has been consistently well below the Joint Commission’s established national benchmark. We are Southcentral Kentucky’s only Accredited Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention).

The Medical Center has also been designated as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield for meeting overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes. Our goal is to save lives, prevent irreparable heart damage, and improve the quality of life for heart attack victims.

Highest Quality Surgical Care

Medical Center Heart Institute is the region’s leading vascular surgery program and only cardiothoracic surgery practice. In addition to open heart surgery and comprehensive cardiac care, our doctors treat a wide range of vascular disorders and diseases through surgical and minimally invasive procedures.

Our cardiothoracic surgeons are focused on quality of care and outcomes. We are consistently among the best ranking Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) participants nationwide in several areas, including complications, blood usage, mortality and length of stay.

Education and Support

As part of Med Center Health’s commitment to superior patient care, we offer the services of a Cardiovascular Nurse Liaison who works with patients, patients’ families, physicians, administrators and others who have questions or concerns regarding cardiovascular surgery or the heart program. The Cardiovascular Nurse Liaison helps patients and their families before, during and after the surgery.

A Heart Failure Educator is available to help patients diagnosed with heart failure understand what their diagnosis means, and how to monitor and manage their condition to maintain the best quality of life. In addition, a Cardiac Patient Navigator helps many Medicare patients find their way through the sometimes complicated and confusing journey of being a heart patient with multiple doctors and diagnoses. The Cardiac Patient Navigator helps close gaps in care and eliminate barriers to care for patients who are most at risk for readmission to the hospital after being discharged.

Med Center Health offers the additional services and programs: