Cardiovascular Services

Cardiology Mount Vernon Ohio
An Accredited Chest Pain & PCI Center

Knox Community Hospital is a  PCI Accreditated Chest Pain Center from the American College of Cardiology. 

Our evidence-based, protocol-driven approach to cardiac patient care allows our clinicians to reduce the time to treatment, critical during the early stages of a heart attack. Recovery is just as vital as early response and that is why our cardiology team uses guideline directed aftercare to reduce the risk of rehospitalization.

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In a heart emergency, seconds count.

When you or your family member are experiencing a heart attack, have a plan in place to utilize EMS services by calling 911 so that their team can provide life-saving care until you arrive at the Emergency Department. When treatment options for a heart attack may include an interventional procedure like stenting to open a blocked artery and add life-saving seconds to preserving cardiac muscle, you can count on us.

The Cardiovascular Services Team at Knox Community Hospital provides heart care treatment options uncommon in a rural hospital setting with a wide range of diagnostic testing and minimally invasive interventional treatment options. The Impella heart pump and intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) care are two of those vital options to the heart muscle in an emergency.

KCH uses the Impella heart pump to take over the heart's pumping function during the stenting procedure.  

An intra-aortic balloon pump IABP is a mechanical device that helps the heart pump blood. 

Knox Community Hospital proudly collaborates with Electrophysiologists from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center to bring advanced heart care treatment to Knox County, without the travel time. To schedule an appointment with Emile Daoud,MD (heart rhythm disorders) or Steven Kalbfleisch,MD (cardiac arrhythmias) please call 740.397.5400.


Department of Specialty Care
7 Woodlake Trail, Suite B

  • J. Pala, MD, FACC, FSCAI
  • Kristin Baker, NP
  • J. Wiandt DNP, APRN-CNP, CRNA, CCRN—Nurse Practitioner/ Nurse Anesthetist 

Department of Specialty Care
Wright Family Medical Pavilion,

1330 Coshocton Road, 4th Floor,
Mount Vernon, OH 43050

  • Barry S. George, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FACP
  • Gangaram Rasa, MD, FACC
  • Alix J. Tercius, MD, FACC, RPVI
  • Robert L. Drake, DO
  • Phillip Newman, APRN-CNP
  • Andrea Mantell, APRN-CNP 
Our Services
Heart Devices and Implants (including the World's Smallest Leadless Pacemaker!)
World's Smallest Leadless Pacemaker!

The KCH Cardiology and Cardiovascular Services teams also provide care for traditional pacemakers, automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator (AICD) implants, loop monitors and Cardiac Rescynchronization therapy.

Heart Failure Clinic

The Heart Failure Clinic offers treatment solutions specific to heart failure patients and those in need of a Diuretic Clinic and those in need of assistance managing medications.

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Peripheral Vascular Screening

KCH offers a basic screening of these arteries. Appointments are necessary, call 740.392.8378 to schedule.

  • This screening is offered for adults only.
  • The test will take approximately 30 minutes, fasting is not required. 
  • Cost: Peripheral Vascular Screening - $65. This will not be charged to insurance. You may pay by cash, check or credit card.
Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac rehab is a medically supervised program designed to optimize cardiovascular health for those who have experienced heart-related conditions or incidents.

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Device Clinic

Maintenance and assistance with the following devices are available through the Device Clinic by our interventional cardiologist, Alix Tercius, MD. For more information on the Device Clinic, please email our

Types of devices

  • AICD (automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator)
  • Loop Monitor
  • Pacemaker
Coumadin Management

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Pulmonary Embolism Treatment
EKOS Infusion Catheter

EKOS therapy is a minimally invasive system for dissolving thrombus in the treatment of a pulmonary embolism.

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Critcal Limb Ischemia

Critical limb ischemia (CLI) is a condition that can occur over time when your leg arteries are damaged. It's a severe form of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). PAD is caused when leg arteries are narrowed, reducing blood flow. If blood flow to the toe, foot, or leg is completely blocked, the tissue starts to die (gangrene). If this happens, you need medical care right away to restore blood flow and possibly save the leg.

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Atrial Fibrillation Management

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Cardiovascular Patient Navigators

The Cardiovascular Services Department utilizes The Patient Navigator Program: Focus MI, which leverages evidence-based best practices to improve heart attack patients' care and outcomes and further reduce hospital readmissions beyond 30 days.

KCH Cardiovascular Patient Navigators are available by phone ((740.393.9745) 7-days a week for any patient who has received a cardiac stent. Your Cardiac Navigator will meet with you in the hospital to assist in the coordination of your education and discharge care. Your navigator will also follow your recovery for the first three months after discharge to provide support and guidance during your recovery period.

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Carotid Stenting

Carotid artery stenting is a procedure to open up a narrowed carotid artery. This procedure restores blood flow to the brain to prevent stroke. A stroke can occur if the artery becomes narrowed or blood clot forms, blocking blood flow to part of the brain.

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PAD (Peripheral Artery Disease) Rehabilitation

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) can lead to pain caused by reduced blood flow during daily activities or while exercising. PAD Rehabilitation can provide resources and support for those working to achieve an optimal level of cardiovascular fitness.

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Manage heart failure from the comfort of your home.

The CardioMEMS™ HF (Heart Failure) System along with proper diet and medication can increase your quality of life and reduce the chances of heart failure hospitalization.

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