2014: VVMC offers comprehensive cardiac cath lab

Cardiology patients at Verde Valley Medical Center receive life-saving diagnostic procedures and interventional cardiovascular care at a sophisticated cardiac catheterization laboratory, known as the cath lab.

The lab's sophisticated equipment allows physicians to diagnose and treat cardiovascular patients using minimally invasive procedures.

The all-digital X-ray system allows physicians to clearly see the blood vessels and anatomy of the heart, as well as smaller, finer vessels running 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 can show four different images at once. 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.

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.

The Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona

The Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona 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 service of Northern Arizona Healthcare with campuses in the Verde Valley and Flagstaff.

HVCNA physicians also see patients at several satellite locations, including Camp Verde, Sedona, Flagstaff, Village of Oak Creek, Williams and Winslow.

HVCNA, designed to provide patients a continuum of care, offers comprehensive services from diagnosis and treatment through recovery and rehabilitation. Noninvasive diagnostic services include stress testing, nuclear imaging, cardiac and peripheral ultrasound, cardiac Doppler and pacemaker/defibrillator care.

When invasive procedures are necessary, HVCNA offers cardiac catheterization, balloon angioplasty, stent placement, permanent pacemaker insertion and interventional treatment for peripheral arterial disease (including aortic endograft therapy, carotid stenting and vascular surgery) at VVMC. Cardiothoracic (open heart) surgery, including coronary artery bypass grafting; valve repair and replacement; Maze procedure for atrial fibrillation; cardiac electrophysiology services; and major thoracic and vascular surgical procedures are performed at Flagstaff Medical Center.

For more information on the Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona, visit NAHeartCare.com, or call 928-634-1331.

VVMC designated Cardiac Arrest Center

VVMC is designated a 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 patients experiencing 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 number one 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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