Service Line Update: UVMC Cath Lab Success

Premier Pulse     July 2019

By Robin Rutledge, vice president, service line integration, cardiovascular services

Rutledge_HS_350x350It’s been a year since we launched the Level II Catheterization Lab at Upper Valley Medical Center, and thanks to the physicians and staff, our partnership to battle heart disease in Miami County has been more than successful.

Our team has successfully treated more than 70 acute myocardial infarctions since August 2018, along with 315 other cardiac procedures, in our advanced cath lab at UVMC. Since adding emergency cardiac services, the hospital has been successfully growing its patient population in Miami and Darke counties.

Emergency cardiac services include coronary angioplasty with stent placement, left ventricular devices, and intra-aortic balloon pumps, to name a few. This adds a level of complexity to our cardiac care that strengthens the core of our outpatient services, which include nuclear imaging, echocardiography, Heart CT, MRI, tilt-testing, and vascular ultrasound. 

After an emergency is over, we can offer our patients individually designed cardiac rehabilitation for those who have experienced a heart attack, stent placement, bypass surgery, valve surgery, heart failure, or have stable angina (chest pain). The program combines supervised exercise, lifestyle education, and support that can help patients make strong recoveries, return to normal, productive lives, and prevent future heart problems.

We are proud to offer these great services to the community of Miami County.

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