Heart & Vascular Center

Phone Numbers

Lexington Medical Heart and Vascular Center

Cardiology
(803) 744-4900
Surgery
(803) 936-7095

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Main Campus
(803) 791-2621
LMC Lexington
(803) 358-6180
LMC Irmo
(803) 732-5388

Heart Rhythm Stabilization

Leaders in Heart Rhythm Stabilization

  • First in South Carolina to use Micra™, the world’s smallest pacemaker.
  • Dedicated heart rhythm suites to find and treat problems.
(803) 744-4900

"I have had an unwavering sense of peace knowing that if my heart stops, this is going to start it again."

— Diane, Heart & Vascular Center Patient

Conditions Treated

  • Slow Heart Beat (bradycardia)
  • Fast Heart Beat (tachycardia)
  • Irregular Heart Beats (atrial fibrillation)
  • Palpitations (premature ventricular contractions, or PVCs)
  • Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
  • Long QT and Short QT Syndromes

Pacemakers

A pacemaker is a small device placed in the chest or abdomen to help control abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias).

What to Expect

Your doctor will give you local anesthesia and a mild sedative to alleviate discomfort. They will insert the internal portion of your pacemaker via a small incision in your upper chest. Then they will connect and program the outer device, making sure it works properly.

Duration

The entire procedure takes about 2 hours.

Recovery

Most patients return home within 24 hours.

Types of Pacemakers

ICDs (Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator)

An ICD is a battery-powered device that tracks your heart rate. If it detects an abnormal heart beat, it will deliver a small electric pulse to restore your normal rhythm.

BIV-ICD (Biventricular Pacemaker and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator)

A biventricular pacemaker and ICD is a small, lightweight device that helps keep your heart pumping normally. It also protects those with congestive heart failure (CHF) from dangerous heart rhythms.

Micra™ Pacemaker

This device treats patients who need a single chamber pacemaker. Called the world’s smallest pacemaker, it syncs with your smart phone and works without the use of wires.

Ablations

Ablations alter tissue in your heart wall that may be causing an irregular heart rhythm.

What to Expect

Your doctor will target the area causing the problem and direct a painless radiofrequency at the cells to be removed. The procedure takes place in our specially-designed electrophysiology (EP) lab and typically requires 2 to 4 hours.

State-of-the-Art Electrophysiology (EP) Suite

We perform this procedure in our dedicated suite for treating heart rhythm conditions.

Duration

Plan for this procedure to take 2 to 4 hours.

Recovery

You will need to stay in the hospital overnight. Most patients return home the next morning.

LAAO Device

An LAAO (left atrial appendage occlusion) device helps reduce the risk of stroke by preventing blood clots that form during irregular heartbeats (non-valvular atrial fibrillation). This device also eliminates the need for long-term anticoagulation treatment in patients who are at risk for bleeding complication.

WATCHMAN™ Device

WATCHMAN™ is the latest innovation in LAAO technology. It is placed during a one-time, minimally invasive procedure to reduce the risk of stroke by preventing blood clots.

What to Expect

Performed in the Cath Lab, the procedure only takes about an hour. You will have general and local anesthesia to make you more comfortable, and a blood thinner is used to reduce the risk of complications.

Duration

You will need to stay in the hospital overnight. Most patients return home the next morning.

Advanced Technology & Treatment

Cutting-Edge Electrophysiology (EP) Suite

Dedicated suite for treating heart rhythm problems with state-of-the-art mapping software.

What is it?

  • Finds and treats heart rhythm problems.
  • Performs cardiac ablations and implantations.

What are the benefits?

  • Two full-time dedicated EP providers.
  • Ability to perform fluoroless ablations, greatly reducing the amount of radiation exposure for patients.

Micra™ Pacemaker

Called the world's smallest pacemaker, this device is smartphone-compatible and not visible under the skin.

What is it?

  • Treats patients who need a single chamber pacemaker (also known as a ventricular pacemaker, or VVIR).

What are the benefits?

  • No wires means lower risk of complications.
  • Fewer post-implant activity restrictions.