Boulder Community Health has the only medical facility in Boulder County that offers leading edge heart care from diagnosis and treatment to rehabilitation and recovery.
Our comprehensive heart program is highly regarded for its aggressive, full-scale approach to treating heart disease—America's number one killer.
Foothills Hospital is a five-star hospital for treating heart attacks, according to Healthgrades, a national health care quality rating service.
The reason for our high success rate in saving the lives of heart attack victims is fourfold:
- Rapid response treatment
- Experienced physicians and staff
- Advanced technology and special facilities
- Complete spectrum of care
Rapid Response Treatment
Foothills Hospital provides emergency heart care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Treatment for heart attack is most successful when received within the first two to three hours following an attack. The hospital has implemented a "rapid response" treatment plan that places it among the most progressive heart hospitals in the United States.
Beginning in the emergency department, the heart team acts swiftly to diagnose the cause of a patient's chest pain. If a heart attack is confirmed, we typically rush the patient to the cardiac catheterization laboratory (cath lab). There, cardiologists and the cardiac cath lab team perform a procedure known as balloon angioplasty or other catheter based procedures, to restore blood flow to the heart muscle. Catheterization can also quickly identify the need for more dramatic interventions, such as emergency open heart surgery.
Our physicians believe that having 24-hour-a-day access to a cath lab is one of the main reasons behind the hospital's success in treating heart attacks.
Special note to women
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women as well as men. Yet the symptoms affecting women are often less severe than men's and are sometimes fatally mistaken for indigestion.
At BCH, our cardiac team is highly skilled at recognizing the distinctive signs of heart attack in women so life saving treatment can be started immediately.
Interventional Heart Care
The hospital has the only two interventional cath labs in Boulder County. Here physicians diagnose the type and extent of heart disease and can actually open clogged blood vessels without having to perform surgery. Balloon angioplasty—one of the common procedures performed in the cath lab—has dramatically improved the survival rate from heart attack over the past several years.
If a patient requires surgery, the hospital has a specially equipped open heart surgical suite, dedicated intensive care rooms, a telemetry monitored patient care unit and a full service rehabilitation facility.
BCH has the only dedicated electrophysiology program in Boulder County. It is one of Colorado’s most sophisticated EP labs with an all-digital biplane cardiac imaging system and a three-dimensional cardiac mapping system. In 2012, BCH performed 284 electronphysiology procedures. An experienced team of specially trained doctors, nurses and technicians perform all studies and procedures. Learn more.
After heart problems are corrected, cardiac rehabilitation is the most important step a person can take to resume a full and active life and avoid future heart problems.
Cardiac rehabilitation patients participate in:
- Monitored exercise
- Nutritional counseling
- Education on adopting heart healthy habits
- Learning ways to control blood pressure
- Stress reduction and stop-smoking programs
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