Mashburn Cardiac Pavilion completed at Hamilton

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pictured is one of Hamilton Medical Center’s new heart catheterization labs, featuring the Artis Zee angiography system.

Pictured is one of Hamilton Medical Center’s new heart catheterization labs, featuring the Artis Zee angiography system.


Did you know?

• HMC offers a cardiac rehabilitation program that is often prescribed for recovering cardiac patients. This individually designed, medically supervised exercise program is designed to help patients with heart disease recover faster, help prevent other heart problems, and improve their quality of life.

• At HMC, the average amount of time that it takes to open a closed heart vessel during a heart attack is significantly less than the national standard of 90 minutes.

• The average number of minutes before patients with heart attack symptoms receive an electrocardiogram (EKG) at HMC is 6 minutes, 2 minutes faster than the state average and faster than many larger nearby hospitals.

• Hamilton Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) is designated by the State of Georgia as an Advanced Cardiac Life Support service. As an extension of Hamilton Medical Center, HEMS paramedics make it their goal to identify if a person is experiencing a heart attack as quickly as possible. They work closely with HMC nurses and physicians so that immediate treatments are ordered and preparations are made at the hospital in anticipation of the patient’s arrival.

• HMC is accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care as a Cycle IV Chest Pain Center with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Hamilton’s Chest Pain Center (located inside the Emergency Department) is where heart attack symptoms are quickly diagnosed, observed and treated.

• Hamilton Medical Center is ranked in the top 6 percent in the nation for heart failure treatment by CareChex – a division of Comparion.

DALTON, Ga. – Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) recently finished its Mashburn Cardiac Pavilion, which includes two cardiac catheterization labs with stent capabilities, a dedicated endovascular lab, a hybrid lab for cardiac or endovascular procedures and a cardiovascular short stay recovery area.

“We have had excellent feedback from both physicians and patients,” said Jeff Hughes, director of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services.  “We have two new physicians who came from large metropolitan medical centers, and the level of technology we have here has impressed them. It exceeds what they have been accustomed to using at the larger centers.”

The upgrades provide great comfort and privacy for patients, according to Hughes.

Hamilton’s hybrid suite houses the Artis Zeego, the first multi-axis system with robotic technology. The suite is used for cardiac and non-cardiac procedures, including endovascular procedures. It offers unmatched positioning flexibility to enable the most advanced clinical procedures and techniques. It enables physicians to see fine blood vessels and interventional devices in precise detail from almost any angle – all this while providing faster, more accurate diagnoses and improved outcomes for patients, and the lowest possible radiation exposure.

The hybrid suite can be used for all types of vascular procedures including ones to gain vascular access for dialysis, angioplasty and stenting of vessels in the arms, legs and neck, and abdominal aortic aneurysm repair. Cardiac procedures that can be performed in the hybrid suite include heart catheterization with cardiac stenting, cardiac rhythm implants – such as a pacemaker or internal cardiac defibrillator – and cardiac ablations to correct abnormal heart rhythms.

HMC’s two dedicated catheterization labs feature fully digital Artis Zee® angiography systems with flat-panel detectors that enable physicians to view high-resolution images of patients’ blood vessels on full-color 56-inch screens. The flat detectors also allow physicians to see interventional devices such as guidewires, catheters and coronary stents in precise detail and from almost any angle. The Artis Zee® is specially designed to provide the lowest possible radiation dose and its ergonomic design makes the procedure faster and less stressful for patients.

HMC’s cardiovascular program features a team of specially trained cardiovascular nurses, technicians, board certified cardiologists and interventional cardiologists.

“This expansion is a huge step forward for our community,” said Hughes. “We have brought in the best technology and built the best facilities to meet the cardiovascular needs of our community today and have positioned ourselves to be a leader in cardiovascular care into the future.”

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Cardiac Care Services at Hamilton Medical Center

Heart Catheterization: To determine if there are any blockages in a patient’s heart, Hamilton’s cardiologists perform a diagnostic heart catheterization, also called a coronary angiography. This test is performed by inserting a special type of dye through a catheter into the heart. Through the use of this dye and a certain type of X-ray device in the catheterization lab, cardiologists are able to determine if and exactly where there are blockages in the heart.

Radial Artery Catheterization: Heart catheterizations can also be performed through the wrist, allowing for faster recovery times. Patients who undergo these radial caths are able to sit up, walk, and eat immediately after the procedure.

Angioplasty: To increase blood flow to the heart, Hamilton’s interventional cardiologists insert a specially designed catheter with a small balloon tip. Once it is in place, the balloon is inflated to stretch the artery open.

Stenting: To provide support and maintain blood flow to the heart, Hamilton’s interventional cardiologists insert a small mesh tube called a stent into the coronary artery.

Cutting balloon: To remove plaque from artery walls, Hamilton’s interventional cardiologists insert a specially designed catheter with a balloon tip and small blades that cut the plaque from the artery walls.

Pacemaker implantation: To help the heart maintain a regular rhythm, a pacemaker can be implanted.

Cardiac defibrillator Implantation (ICD): To control the heart’s rhythm, speed, and pattern, as well as stop a dangerous arrhythmia (a problem with the rate or rhythm of the heartbeat), a cardiac defibrillator can be implanted.

Ablation: Arrhythmias can be cured through ablation, a procedure that is performed by a specially trained electrophysiologist.

Cardiac CT testing: Problems with the heart can often be detected by using an X-ray machine to take clear, detailed pictures of the heart.  Cardiac Care Services at Hamilton Medical Center

Genetic testing: In order to determine which type of medication will work best for a specific cardiac patient, Hamilton’s laboratory technicians can perform genetic testing. This can help cardiologists personalize medical care based on a patient’s genetic makeup.