VVMC offers comprehensive cardiac care

VVMC’s all-digital X-ray system allows physicians to more clearly see the blood vessels and anatomy of the heart, as well as blood vessels throughout the entire body – even small, fine vessels all the way to the fingertips.

VVMC’s all-digital X-ray system allows physicians to more clearly see the blood vessels and anatomy of the heart, as well as blood vessels throughout the entire body – even small, fine vessels all the way to the fingertips.

Cardiology patients at Verde Valley Medical Center have access to an extremely sophisticated Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory (Cath Lab) with the addition of the GE Innova 3100IQ system.

The state-of-the-art system allows physicians to diagnose and treat cardiovascular patients who have a wide range of conditions through minimally invasive procedures.

The all-digital X-ray system allows physicians to more clearly see the blood vessels and anatomy of the heart, as well as blood vessels throughout the entire body - even small, fine vessels all the way to the fingertips.

The system provides exceptional image quality through high-contrast, high-resolution views on an extra-large, flat-screen monitor that shows up to four different images at one time. The 3-D images can be rotated for additional views of the anatomy. The large, circular X-ray platform rotates 20 degrees in just one second, reducing radiation exposure.

Since 2001, board-certified cardiologists and specialty trained staff have been performing life-saving diagnostic and interventional cardiovascular procedures in VVMC's technologically advanced Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory (Cath Lab).

To learn more about VVMC's comprehensive heart and vascular services, visit VerdeValleyMedicalCenter.com/OurServices/HeartandVascularCare or call 928 639-6509. In case of an emergency, call 911.

Heart & Vascular

Center of Northern Arizona

The Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona (HVCNA) is a physician practice offering services ranging from general cardiology and the treatment of chronic heart and vascular conditions to advanced surgical techniques, including open heart surgery. HVCNA is a partnership between Verde Valley Medical Center and Flagstaff Medical Center with offices located in Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Sedona, Flagstaff, Williams and Winslow.

Designed to provide patients a continuum of care, HVCNA offers comprehensive services from diagnosis and treatment through recovery and rehabilitation. Diagnostic (noninvasive) services include all types of stress testing, nuclear imaging, cardiac and peripheral ultrasound, cardiac Doppler and pacemaker/defibrillator interrogation and programming.

When invasive procedures are necessary, cardiac catheterization, balloon angioplasty, stent placement, permanent pacemaker insertion and interventional treatment for peripheral arterial disease are available (including aortic endograft therapy, carotid stenting and vascular surgery) at VVMC.

Cardiothoracic (open heart) surgery is performed at Flagstaff Medical Center including coronary artery bypass grafting, valve repair and replacement, Maze procedure for atrial fibrillation, and major thoracic and vascular surgical procedures.

For more information on the Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona, visit NAHeartCare.com. To make an appointment with one of our expert physicians, call 928-634-1331.

VVMC designated Cardiac Arrest Center

VVMC is a designated Cardiac Arrest Center by the Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System. As a Cardiac Arrest Center, VVMC provides comprehensive, technologically advanced care to those who have a sudden cardiac arrest.

Cardiac Arrest Centers must meet the following standards:

• Cardiac intervention capabilities including a Cardiac Cath Lab and an interventional cardiologist available 24 hours a day, seven days a week

• A therapeutic hypothermia method to cool the patient for at least 24 hours after a cardiac event, which reduces the risk of brain and organ damage

• A coordinated approach to cardiac care with local emergency medical personnel to provide specific lifesaving protocols before the patient arrives at the hospital

Cardiac arrest is not a heart attack; it is a devastating event in which the heart abruptly and without warning ceases to function.

Heart disease, which can be a cause of sudden cardiac arrest, is the No. 1 killer of men and women in the U.S. Recent data shows each year more than 166,000 people in the U.S. have a cardiac arrest outside a hospital, with less than 5 percent surviving the incident.

Every minute that passes before a cardiac arrest is treated decreases the chance of survival by 10 percent. However, when a person receives bystander CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) before emergency medical personnel arrive to start lifesaving care, and then is transported to a Cardiac Arrest Center, the chance of survival increases to approximately 33 percent.

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