About Our Center
Flagstaff Medical Center offers the advanced heart and vascular care that patients might expect to find in a large metropolitan area right here in Northern Arizona. World-class physicians provide a full range of cardiac care, including open heart surgery and minimally invasive heart and vascular procedures. Physician and staff expertise, advanced technology and compassionate care are the cornerstones of FMC’s heart and vascular program.
FMC's Catheterization Lab team consists of board certified cardiologists, specialty-trained nurses and cardiac radiology technicians. A large number of minimally-invasive procedures are performed in FMC’s Catheterization Lab, including balloon angioplasties, the insertion of stents, pacemakers and defibrillators.
More than 1,000 open-heart surgeries have been performed at FMC since 2004. Many of those were performed without patients being placed on heart-lung bypass machines, reducing risk and decreasing patient recovery time. FMC is one of a small number of hospitals nationwide now performing some heart surgeries through minimally invasive surgical procedures.
FMC’s Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit utilizes specialized medical equipment and specially trained staff to provide the most advanced care to patients recovering from heart surgery and coronary procedures.
As a state-designated Cardiac Arrest Center, FMC provides comprehensive, technologically advanced care to patients experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. At FMC’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab, an interventional cardiologist is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. During an emergency, cardiologists work closely with the Emergency Physicians, a team of highly trained professional staff and local EMS personnel to ensure the most rapid response. These protocols help to save lives as well as preserve heart muscle and prevent brain damage.
The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at FMC gives patients the tools they need to continue getting better after they are released from the hospital. As patients recover and prepare to go home, they can receive a specialized plan of care developed by physicians, nurses and dietitians. The program offers four stages from in-hospital to monitored to individual exercise programs.
FMC’s Mended Heart Support Group offers heart patients and their families emotional support during hospitalization and recovery. Mended Heart volunteers visit patients in the hospital and attend outpatient meetings. By sharing their experiences of surviving heart disease, these volunteers offer hope to patients that they too can return to good health.