When a heart attack occurs, Cabell Huntington Hospital reminds the Tri-State that every minute counts and going to the nearest emergency room for life-saving treatment is essential.
For more than 12 years, the experienced cardiac team at CHH has provided diagnostic catheterizations. Services are now expanded to provide coronary angioplasty, or PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention), to open blocked coronary arteries during a heart attack, preserving heart muscle and improving recovery.
"In cardiology, the phrase 'time is muscle' refers to the importance of saving time to preserve heart muscle during a heart attack," stated Cath Lab Medical Director Mehiar El-Hamdani, MD, FACC, FSCAI, a fellowhip-trained cardiologist and board-certified interventional cardiologist. "When patients experience heart attack symptoms, CHH provides both prompt diagnosis and emergency treatment, saving valuable time and improving patient outcomes. We're looking to a future where more patients survive with less heart damage and function well for years thereafter."
PCI is a trusted tool used in hospitals nationwide and is being performed in the Cabell Huntington Hospital Cath Lab under the guidance of heart specialists from Marshall Cardiology and a dedicated cardiac team with more than 50 years of combined experience.
"We believe PCI is an important service to offer our community," said Kevin Fowler, president and CEO of CHH. "Every year, over 600,000 Americans have their first heart attack and one in every four deaths is caused by heart disease. Our skilled team works together to provide a technologically advanced, effective and safe cardiac program for our patients."
For more information about the Cabell Huntington Hospital Cardiovascular Program, please call 304.526.6378.