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The Lakeland Heart Center is here to help you and your family with all of your heart care needs. We are committed to reducing the incidence of cardiac and vascular disease in our community and improving outcomes for those affected through prevention, risk awareness, education, rapid treatment, and rehabilitation.

Reduce Your Risk

Each year in the United States, cardiovascular diseases such as coronary heart disease and stroke top the list of the most serious health problems. In the United States, and here in Michigan, heart disease is the leading cause of death. However, the good news is that there are steps everyone can take to reduce their risk.

Learn how you can make heart-healthy lifestyle changes

Is It a Heart Attack?

Don’t take chances! If you have chest pain or other heart attack symptoms, call 911 immediately. Do NOT drive yourself to the hospital.

Why Choose Lakeland?

When it comes to a heart attack, time is of the essence. You can be confident that you can find nationally-recognized heart care, here in your own community. Our dedication to safe, high-quality heart care has been recognized through the following honors:
  • Three-star rating from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) for its patient care and outcomes in medication administration in isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) procedures for the second year in a row. 
  • 1 of only 160 healthcare systems in the nation to receive a Blue Distinction Center+ designation for Cardiac Care by the national Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.
  • The Emergency Departments in Niles and St. Joseph are two of only 13 accredited Chest Pain Centers in Michigan, an honor that means we can provide specialized care for patients with heart attack symptoms.

Meet our Cardiology Team

Lakeland’s multidisciplinary cardiac and vascular team works together to provide the best possible care for our community. Our team includes:

Online Support

Lakeland has started a Healthy Hearts support group through Facebook to create an online community for people with heart disease. If you have congestive heart failure or are recovering from recent heart surgery, you are invited to join this Facebook group. Led by a Certified Cardiac Rehab Specialist, this group is a place where people can share resources, tips, recipes, and other helpful information with one another. 

Once you log in to Facebook, you will need to request to join the group: click here to join. This is a "closed group", meaning only members of the group will see what is posted, and the information will not be shared with your Facebook friends.



Continue Watching

Provider Video Profile: Ingrid Kwak, NP (Cardiology)

Ingrid Kwak is a nurse practitioner at Corewell Health in Southwest Michigan. She is part of a specialized team that cares for individuals with cardiovascular disease.

Linda is a Watchman implant recipient, hear her story.

Watchman patient Linda discusses how the Watchman has changed her life.

Common questions about Watchman, answered by patients

Patients discuss how the Watchman has worked for them.

See why Watchman reduces stroke risk and how the procedure is done.

The Watchman procedure is a trusted alternative to blood thinners that permanently reduces both stroke risk and bleeding worry.

Watchman Patient Jerry Zerby explains why this is a wonderful invention that will save many lives.

Watchman is a one-time, minimally invasive procedure for people with atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem who need an alternative to blood thinners.

Physician Video Profile: Ogubay Mesmer, MD (Cardiology)

Ogubay Mesmer, MD is a cardiologist with Spectrum Health Lakeland that specializes in adult cardiovascular disorders.

Physician Video Profile: William Lawrence, MD (Cardiology)

William Lawrence, MD is an interventional cardiologist with Spectrum Health Lakeland that specializes in adult cardiovascular disorders.

TAVR heart valve replacement surgery

TAVR heart valve replacement surgery explained by Spectrum Health Lakeland cardiac specialists.

Physician Video Profile: Dale Leffler, DO (Cardiology)

Dale Leffler, DO is an interventional cardiologist with Spectrum Health Lakeland that specializes in adult cardiovascular disorders.

Cardiac Care: Rusty Schrubba "More than Just Heartburn"

After a successful surgery at Lakeland Heart and Vascular, Rusty is back to maintaining an active lifestyle.

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