Verde Valley Medical Center's Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory recently performed its 2,000th procedure. Since 2001, local board-certified cardiologists and specialty trained staff have been performing life-saving cardiovascular procedures in VVMC's technologically advanced Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.
"Achieving this milestone at VVMC is truly wonderful," said James Dwyer, M.D., interventional cardiologist and medical director of the Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona. "When we started the coronary interventional program at VVMC, we had no idea of the spectacular health benefits it would provide to the local community and numerous visitors to the area. The excellence of our program, verifiable by a national database, is a direct result of the commitment to quality and the dedicated efforts of VVMC administration and staff, and the experienced cardiologists and medical staff which joined forces to build the program."
Both diagnostic and interventional coronary and peripheral arterial procedures are performed in VVMC's Cath Lab. Diagnostic procedures are used to assess and diagnose patients for cardiovascular disease. Interventional procedures such as balloon angioplasty and stent placement are performed to treat cardiovascular disease.
During a cardiac emergency, interventional cardiologists work closely with a team of highly professional staff and local EMS personnel to ensure rapid-response protocols are followed. When a heart attack is identified by EMS personnel prior to hospital arrival, the patient can be taken directly to the Cardiac Cath Lab for emergency intervention, decreasing the door-to-procedure time. The quicker the heart attack artery is unclogged, the more heart muscle is saved.
The Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona (HVCNA) is a partnership between Verde Valley Medical Center and Flagstaff Medical Center. It combines physician office practices with extensive hospital-based services including diagnostic and interventional cardiology procedures and open-heart surgery.
HVCNA offices are located in Cottonwood, Flagstaff, Camp Verde, Sedona and Winslow. For more information on the Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona, visit NAHeartCare.com. To make an appointment with one of the world-class cardiologists at the Heart & Vascular Center, call 877-928-WELL.