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Meadows Expands Cardiac Capability
Monday, 20 September 2010

September 20--  The state of Georgia has approved "Interventional Cardiology" at Meadows Regional Medical Center in Vidalia.

"This allows patients to have their cardiac cath done here and while the cath is being performed if we find a blockage, we can go ahead and open the artery.  The patient doesn't have to be transferred to a tertiary facility, a different hospital, for the artery to be opened because we can actually perform that procedure here at Meadows now," according to Travis Roose, director of the Meadows Cath Lab.

Roose says it was only two days after the Meadows Cath Lab was ready to perform the new procedure that it got its first opportunity.

"A patient had an operation in the operating room and during recovery had a clot in her coronary artery.  We were able to go in and do the angioplastie and put in a stint to revascularize the artery," he reports.

"With the heart, time is muscle," Roose says.  The new capability avoided a 90-minute transfer to Savannah and allowed the blockage to be reopened immediately.

Roose says Meadows has a board-certified cardiologist on staff to do the procedures and the lab is on-call 24/7 when intervention is needed to clear clots from arteries.



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