Harlan ARH is providing a mobile cardiac catheterization laboratory to residents of Harlan and Bell counties. Patients now have heart care services available without having to travel long distances.
“Some patients have the misperception that they must leave the area in order to receive state-of-the art cardiac care,” said Harlan ARH Community CEO Dan Stone. “As the community hospital, we have added diagnostic cardiac caths to our cardiac service line, which also includes EKG’s, nuclear medicine studies, stress testing and cardiac ultrasound. That’s why we have expanded our heart care services to include cardiac caths here at home.”
Stone added Harlan ARH is currently working with a well-known and highly trained team of cardiologists.
If a patient experiences chest pain, their doctor may recommend cardiac catheterization, which tests for heart disease by allowing your cardiologist to actually see how well your heart is functioning through X-ray images. During the cardiac catheterization procedure, a long, thin, flexible tube called a catheter is put into a blood vessel in your arm, groin (upper thigh), or neck and threaded to your heart. Through the catheter, the cardiologist can do diagnostic tests on your heart to see how well the heart valves control the blood flow in your heart. Cardiologists can also measure blood flow and oxygen levels in different parts of your heart.
The mobile cardiac cath lab travels to Harlan on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The unit is in Middlesboro on Tuesday and Thursday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
For more information about heart health services, you may contact Stephanie Damron, Kentucky Cardiovascular Marketing Manager for Appalachian Regional Healthcare, at 606-487-7727.
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