Cardiovascular Care in Northwest Montana
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in Montana and the nation. Every day, Kalispell Regional Medical Center works to keep our community’s hearts beating strong. Through prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, we’re helping cardiac patients in our region achieve a rewarding quality of life while controlling the negative effects of heart disease.
Kalispell Regional Medical Center uses some of the world's most sophisticated cardiac diagnostic equipment to identify the exact nature of cardiac problems. Our heart catheterization helps provide accurate diagnoses to determine the appropriate course of action for each cardiac patient. Heart catheterization is considered the most definitive way to diagnose coronary artery disease and valvular heart disease. This technology allows us to use digital X-rays to get the clearest possible view of a patient's arteries so we can better identify blockages or related problems.
In addition to cardiac catheterization, our cardiologists call on a number of other highly specialized diagnostic tools that are equally advanced. These diagnostic tools include:
This depth of diagnostic technology means that we can identify and address virtually any cardiac condition right here in our own community.
Treating existing cardiac conditions is one of the greatest challenges to modern medicine. The good news is that Kalispell Regional Medical Center is ready to meet these challenges head-on with lifesaving technologies, advanced surgical procedures and specialized courses of therapy. All are delivered in a caring environment by a team of dedicated professionals.
With recent developments in the areas of rapid diagnosis and treatment of heart attacks, health care providers are now more empowered than ever to stop heart attacks before they cause permanent damage. For example, if a patient arrives at the hospital within an hour of experiencing symptoms, closed arteries can be opened rapidly with the use of clot-busting drugs and/or a trip to the catheterization lab, where arteries can be opened with a balloon angioplasty and stents. That is why it is more important than ever to seek immediate medical attention at the earliest sign of a heart attack.
Recovery and Support
Helping patients get back to the business of living is one of the most rewarding aspects of our work at KRMC. We're here to put patients on the road to a full recovery. These programs are operated within The Summit Medical Fitness Center, just across the street from the hospital complex. The Summit offers healthy programming and fitness technology in a wonderful atmosphere.