About The Heart & Vascular Center

About The Heart & Vascular Center

As the heart and vascular system is both intricate and precise, so is care at The Heart and Vascular Center at Cookeville Regional.

With many awards and honors to their credit, the cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, vascular surgeons, and cardiothoracic anesthesiologists are board certified and highly regarded in their field. Specifically trained in the fields of heart and vascular care, every surgical assistant and member of The Heart and Vascular Center’s support staff is fully committed to knowing and applying the most current skills, support, methods and equipment available.

With more than 100 years of combined expertise in heart care, the entire cardiac and vascular staff works together as a highly skilled, precisely coordinated team in an environment where the patient always comes first.   The Heart & Vascular Center at Cookeville Regional is the only level-three accredited chest pain center in the Upper Cumberland awarded by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Since 1994, close to 31,000 heart catheterizations have been performed, along with over 4,100 open-heart surgeries and a full range of countless other cardiac and vascular procedures and services. Because successful treatment is often time-critical, The Heart and Vascular Center is always open. Never again will it be necessary to travel to another city to receive the superior quality and broad range of services possible at The Heart and Vascular Center - a welcome assurance for patients and their loved ones.

Download the Heart and Vascular Center Annual Report.

Did you know?

Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack
Both men and women may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

Chest Discomfort
Discomfort in center of chest lasting more than a few minutes – or it could go away and come back; uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain
Discomfort in Other Areas of the Upper Body
Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach

Shortness of Breath
May occur with or without discomfort

 

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Other Signs
Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or light-headedness
 
What May Be Different for Women and Diabetics?
As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain. Diabetics are also more likely to experience the other common symptoms since they most often experience NO CHEST PAIN and have what is known as “silent,” or pain-free, heart attacks.
 
Minutes Matter! CALL 9-1-1!!
Do not drive yourself – EMS personnel can begin lifesaving treatment right away and determine if you are having a heart attack so that they can notify the hospital en route.