Low Moor, VA, February, 2016 – In honor of heart month, the cardiovascular team at LewisGale Hospital Alleghany wants to help you take care of your heart. For both men and women nationwide, heart disease is the leading cause of death. Approximately 600,000 people die from heart disease annually and more than 700,000 Americans have a heart attack.

As a certified chest pain center, LewisGale Hospital Alleghany is among a select group of rural hospitals who has achieved this benchmark of excellence. For patients it means the hospital offers a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack.

“We stand prepared to care for you from the onset of your illness,” said Donna Plott BSN, RN, Director of Cardiovascular Services, LewisGale Hospital Alleghany. “We partner with local EMS to ensure your care starts with your 911 call. That’s why it is important for people not to drive to the hospital when experiencing chest pain or other heart-related symptoms.”

Plott further explains that local EMS ambulances are now equipped with EKG machines for rapid identification of heart attacks. In most cases these EKGs can be transmitted to the hospital ER or they are hand delivered as soon as the patient arrives, saving valuable time.

“If a heart attack is diagnosed, we can administer a thrombolytic, or clot buster, to minimize permanent heart damage,” said Plott. “Simultaneously, we are able to connect with a cardiologist and activate a heart alert at LewisGale Medical Center. Air and ground transport teams are readily available to assist. We also have a cardiac rehab team ready to care for patients during the rehabilitation period, providing a monitored exercise program under a physician’s guidance”

For information on the services at LewisGale Hospital Alleghany or to arrange a speaker for a health related topic, contact Lynette Perkins at 540-862-6223 or Donna Plott at 540-862-6545.

The hospital is also encouraging the public to attend one of its upcoming free educational heart programs this month. Lunch will be provided at these events.

  • Friday, February 19, 12 p.m., Taking Control of Heart Failure
    Speakers: Laura White, RD, Clinical Dietitian
  • Thursday, February 25, 12 p.m., Early Signs of Heart Attack
    Speaker: Michael Moran, MD, Emergency Department Medical Director

To register for these events, call 1-877-2HCA DOCS (877-242-2362).