Cardiovascular Services 

Memorial’s outstanding staff of cardiologists, surgeons, nurses, and specialists perform more than 25,000 total cardiac procedures annually. Using advanced techniques and technology, our Cardiac Care Team collaborates to ensure high quality care for the hearts of Las Cruces and Southern New Mexico.

Chest Pain Accreditation

Memorial has received full accreditation as a Chest Pain Center from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). This means that we have demonstrated a high level of expertise in caring for patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. To receive accreditation, Memorial underwent an evaluation by the SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be having a heart attack and to integrate the most successful practices and newest technologies. Through the combined efforts of our departments (Emergency Services, Cath Labs, Telemetry, Cardiac Care Unit, Laboratory, Imaging/Radiology, and Engineering/Facilities) we created an exceptional cardiac patient process and earned this accreditation.

This accreditation reinforces our commitment to quality care for our community.

Cardiovascular Catheterization Labs:

Memorial has three cardiac catheterization labs to accommodate both scheduled and emergency patients. We are able to perform both cardiac and peripheral procedures.  Our labs are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Some of the procedures that we perform in the catheterization labs are:

  • Diagnostic Catheterization – Left & Right Heart
  • Utilize both Radial and Femoral Approach
  • Use IVUS
  • Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR)
  • Pacemaker Implantation 
  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator  (ICD)
  • MRI Compatible Pacemaker Implantation
  • Reveal Loop Recorder Implantation
  • Stent Placement
  • Angioplasty
  • Peripheral Stenting and Angiography

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Cardiac Rehab is a prescribed cardiac treatment regimen that involves a medical and physical evaluation as well as nutrition and medication education for a patient after a cardiac incident. We provide an individualized exercise program that will address the cardiac disease and interventions of the patient. Our goal is to improve their strength and stamina so our patients will be able to return to their usual daily routine. All physical activities are performed using a cardiac monitoring system, with a registered nurse and a nurse aid's supervision.

The Cardiac Rehab team welcomes patients who have or had:

  • A recent heart attack 
  • Cardiac bypass surgery 
  • Angioplasty or stent placement 
  • Valve repair or replacement surgery 
  • A heart transplant 
  • Stable angina 

The Cardiac Rehab team works with the patient to develop a program that's right for each individual. We begin with an initial education and consultation meeting.  Several monitored exercise sessions and nutrition education are offered according to the patient’s needs. Our team will monitor heart rate, blood pressure and heart rhythm during a cardiovascular exercise session, such as walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike.

The Cardiac Rehab program is medically directed by a physician - usually a cardiologist - and administered by nurses, counselors, nutritionists, therapists and exercise specialists.

Insurance Coverage & Physician Referral
Most insurance plans partially or fully cover the cost of Cardiac Rehab. Check with your health insurance provider before starting the program. If you need help, speak to your doctor or ask us for assistance.  You will need a referral from your physician to participate in our Cardiac Rehab program.

For more information on our Cardiac Rehab Program, please call (575) 521-5353.

Special Services / Cardiovascular testing department 
Memorial offers a variety of cardiovascular testing in our Special Services Department.  Some of the tests available are:

  • EKG 
  • Stress Testing
  • Nuclear Stress Testing
  • Lexi Scan 
  • Holter Monitoring 
  • EEG
  • Tilt Table Testing
  • Valscular Ultrasound
  • Echocardiography
  • Pediatric Echocardiography
  • Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE)
  • Stress Echocardiography
  • Dobutamine Stress Echocardiography
  • Cardiovesion 

Electroencephalograms/Electromyograms
Electroencephalograms (EEG) and electromyograms (EMG) are diagnostic tests used to measure electrical activity within the body.  An electroencephalogram tests electrical activity in the brain, and an electromyogram is used to evaluate electrical activity in muscles.
 
An EEG is a diagnostic procedure that records brain wave patterns to detect irregularities in the electrical activity of the brain.  EEG’s are frequently used to diagnose or monitor seizures and can also useful for other issues such as: 

  • Dementia
  • Epilepsy
  • Head injuries
  • Loss or changes in consciousness
  • Psychiatric conditions
  • Sleep disorders
  • Strokes
  • Tumors

An EMG is used to detect diseases or conditions affecting muscle tissue, nerves, or the junctions between nerve and muscle that cause weakness, twitching, or paralysis. The diseases and conditions are generally categorized as neuropathies, neuromuscular junction diseases and myopathies.

EMG’s help differentiate weakness due to a possible injured nerve or a neurologic disorder. Below are some diseases or conditions that an EMG is used to diagnose: 

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS)
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Herniated discs

Electrocardiograms
An electrocardiogram (called EKG or ECG) is a test that records the electrical activity of your heart through electrode patches attached to the skin of your chest, arms, and leg. An EKG may be part of a routine physical and may be used as a test for heart disease. EKG’s are quick, safe and painless and are routinely performed if heart disease is suspected. An EKG can be used to further investigate symptoms related to heart problems like:

  • Assess your heart rhythm
  • Diagnose poor blood flow to the heart muscle
  • Diagnose a heart attack
  • Evaluate certain abnormalities of your heart, such as enlarged heart

Echocardiography
An echocardiogram is a type of ultrasound test that uses high-pitched sound waves that create an image for viewing. The machine receives the echoes of sound waves as they bounce off the different parts within the heart. These returning echoes create an image of the heart that can be seen on a video screen.

The different types of Echocardiography procedures performed are Transthoracic Echocardiogram (TTE), Trans Esophageal Echocardiogram (TEE), Stress Echocardiogram (SE), and Dobutamine Stress Echocardiogram (DSE). These tests can help us:

  • Look for the cause of abnormal heart sounds
  • Check for heart thickness and wall motion 
  • Look at the heart valves and evaluate valvular function
  • Evaluate mechanical valvular function
  • Measure chamber size 

Vascular Ultrasound Laboratory 
Memorial has a dedicated Echo and Vascular lab staffed with registered cardiac and vascular sonographers who must maintain good standing with their national credentialing organization and have proven knowledge of cardiac and vascular anatomy and diseases. The lab is under the direction of prominent leaders in the cardiac and vascular field who have experience establishing and operating a successful vascular ultrasound laboratory.

To contact our Special Services/Cardiovascular Testing department, please call (575) 521-2211.

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