Fri, Jan. 17

2012: VVMC participates in life-changing medical research

Samuel Butman, M.D., interventional cardiologist and director of Medical Research at VVMC and the Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona (HVCNA).

Samuel Butman, M.D., interventional cardiologist and director of Medical Research at VVMC and the Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona (HVCNA).

Committed to staying on the cutting-edge of medical care, VVMC is a proud participant in several medical research projects. Working with the University of Oxford in England, VVMC is the first hospital in Arizona to participate in the REVEAL study which aims to increase HDL (good) cholesterol and decrease LDL (bad) cholesterol in patients.

More than 30,000 people worldwide, including 100 or more local patients, will be taking the new drug or a placebo to determine its effectiveness.

“This new drug has the potential to significantly change the way we treat high cholesterol,” said Samuel Butman, M.D., interventional cardiologist and director of Medical Research at VVMC and the Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona (HVCNA).

“The fact that such significant medical research is taking place in our community is a true testament to the commitment of VVMC and HVCNA to provide the most advanced healthcare to our patients.”

To learn more about this medical research project and other research projects, contact Dr. Butman at 928 634-1331 or Deb Besack or Stacy Davidson, research nurses at the HVCNA Cardiovascular Research office, at 928-639-5306.

Cardiac Cath Lab

Cardiology patients at VVMC 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 Heart and Vascular Care, visit 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 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 and carotid stenting).

Cardiothoracic and vascular 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 or call 877 928-WELL.

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