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Custom Treatment Plans

When it comes to treating cardiovascular disease, each patient receives a custom treatment plan but everyone gets the same excellence in care. Whether planned or unplanned, treatment for heart and vascular conditions can be frightening. Rest assured, Lowell General Hospital is available with the most comprehensive array of leading-edge diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation capabilities to help.

Non-surgical Bypass Treatment for Angina

For people limited in their ability to perform the activities of daily living due to coronary artery disease or chronic stable angina, Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP) offers a proven, effective treatment option that can help improve quality of life – without surgery.

Blood is moved through the heart by inflating and deflating specialized leg cuffs. After daily sessions over several weeks of EECP treatment, the heart forms new blood vessels that create a natural bypass around narrowed and blocked arteries. Lowell General is the only hospital in the Merrimack Valley that offers EECP.

Don’t Let Your Heart Miss a Beat

Electrophysiology (EP) can be used as a diagnostic tool as well as to correct arrhythmia (an irregular heartbeat). This procedure usually takes only a few hours to complete and is done by inserting a tiny catheter (a long, thin, flexible wire) up into the heart. The electrophysiologist (a cardiologist with specialized training in the electrical system of the heart) finds the area responsible for the arrhythmia and treats it by targeting the exact spot causing the incorrect beat.

Treating Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)

Caring for PAD involves many lifestyle changes. While medications can be effective to relieve symptoms, they usually do not slow disease progression. Surgery and invasive procedures can improve more advanced stages of the disease.

Surgical approaches to vascular disease open up diseased arteries or bypass them with new ones. These procedures are done at the state-of-the-art Heart and Vascular Center at Lowell General Hospital by vascular surgeons.

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