NEA Baptist Heart Center

Cardiac care is a part of who we are as a hospital. The Heart Center at NEA Baptist has a long history of innovative heart care, delivered by some of the most accomplished cardiac physicians in our area. Effective treatment for cardiovascular disease requires high levels of skill in emergency, diagnostic, interventional, surgical, and rehabilitation services. From cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons to operating room technicians, cardiac nurse specialists and more, our cardiac care team offers you the quality care you need.

The NEA Baptist Heart Center offers a wide range of high quality health care services and is dedicated to promoting and providing total heart care. Our highly specialized cardiac surgical team performs the complete range of surgical procedures including: open-heart surgery, angioplasty, rotoblation, cardiac catheterization, cardiac rehabilitation, and specialty diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.

Chest Pain Emergency Services

Our chest pain emergency serviceis designed to give prompt attention to patients with potential heart problems. Our emergency department is equipped with three dedicated heart care rooms with direct access to the cath lab on the second floor and imaging services just down the hall. From testing to open-heart surgery, we are prepared to help cardiac patients.

In 2014, NEA Baptist received the American Heart Association's prestigious Mission:Lifeline© Heart Attack receiving accreditation for our lifesaving heart attack care.

American Heart Association and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care - Mission: Lifeline Accreditation program

The timing for treating someone having a heart attack can mean the difference between life and death. To help save lives, the American Heart Association and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care joined forces in September 2011 to launch the Mission: Lifeline© Accreditation program. This program recognizes centers that meet or exceed quality of care measures for people experiencing the most severe type of heart attack, ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), in which blood flow is completely blocked to a portion of the heart.

NEA Baptist underwent numerous on-site reviews by accreditation specialists from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care and demonstrated exceptional quality of care to receive the accreditation.

If you believe you are experiencing a heart attack, please call 911 and get to the emergency room as quickly as possible. Signs to look for include: Chest discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. Other signs include discomfort in other area of the upper body, pain/discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach, shortness of breath, cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

Interventional Heart Procedures

Two fully equipped high-tech catheterization laboratories and one electrophysiology lab enable cardiologists to provide a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures including:

  • Angioplasty
  • Carotid Stents
  • Stent placement
  • Drug-eluting coronary stent placements
  • Electrophysiology Lab procedures
  • Additional vascular procedures may be performed in the cardiac cath lab, including peripheral angiograms, peripheral balloon angioplasty, renal angiograms, percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) and stenting.

Intensive Care Unit

When intensive care is essential, NEA Baptist has skilled nurses who provide close observation of cardiac and intensive care patients. NEA Baptist has two intensive care units units for critically ill heart patients: critical care and intensive care.

The reason for the patient’s admission often determines the assigned unit. For instance, patients who have experienced heart attack, chest pain, or other problems related to the heart or lungs go to critical care.

In addition to an ICU, the Heart Center features a special waiting room for families and a cardiac consultation room for physicians and families, all located conveniently on the second floor.

Cardiovascular Unit

The cardiovascular unit provides telemetry monitoring for patients who need close monitoring but not intensive care. Our cardiovascular unit provides a low patient-to-nurse ratio. Nurses work directly with a patient’s physician to relieve pain and prevent the possibility of further heart damage. Our nurses are trained in cardiac care and are committed to providing high-quality health care to all our patients.

Cardiac Rehabilitation - Inpatient

NEA Baptist's cardiac rehabilitation is a program of health education, exercise training and counseling to help patients build a heart healthy lifestyle.

The diagnosis of the patient will determine if cardiac rehabilitation is needed. Often, patients who have experienced a heart attack, had stents placed, heart failure or heart surgery such as coronary artery bypass, grafting, heart valve replacement or heart transplants will need cardiac rehab.

The program educates patients on risk factor modification by teaching about medications, diet and nutrition, exercise, and other personal risk factors. The cardiac rehabilitation staff closely monitors patients' progress and works with the physician to create an individualized exercise program. In addition, patients network with others who have had a similar experience and feelings to learn how to live a comfortable and healthy lifestyle.

The cardiac rehab program typically begins in the hospital following surgery or a heart attack. Our team will help patients start moving around as soon as possible. Patients will also learn more about their diagnosis and how to manage their health going forward.

Benefits of cardiac rehab include:
  • Decrease in symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain and weakness
  • Increase in strength and endurance
  • Improve knowledge of current disease conditions
  • Improve ability to perform activities of daily l
  • Improve nutrition and diet
  • Improve cardiac function
  • Smoking cessation

Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation

NEA Baptist's outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program helps you get back to your normal activities after you have discharged. The individualized, case-managed exercise program is supervised by a registered nurse and is specifically tailored to meet your needs and assist you with lifestyle modifications.

Cardiac rehab is a mixture of aerobic exercise performed on the treadmill, recumbent bicycle, and arm machines. Our staff selects the machines that best suits the patients’ needs. Free weights are also available for those that are able to use them.

The final part of cardiac rehabilitation is the Maintenance Program – a program that can be utilized throughout the duration of a patient’s life if needed.

For more information, please discuss this option with your physician and/or call the cardiac rehab department at 870-936-1000.

Contact Us

NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital

4800 E. Johnson Ave.
Jonesboro, AR 72401



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