FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (Feb. 25, 2010) – In early September 2005, Piedmont Fayette Hospital (PFH) announced the expansion of its cardiovascular care with the addition of adult diagnostic cardiac catheterization services. Now, five years later, PFH will again expand its cardiovascular care with the addition of interventional cardiology services, beginning March 1, 2010.
Interventional cardiology refers to various non-surgical procedures for treating cardiovascular disease. It deals specifically with catheter-based treatments of structural heart diseases such as angioplasty and stent placement. In particular, interventional cardiologists treat narrowed arteries – often caused by coronary artery disease.
“We’ve long been able to provide cardiac catheterization services for diagnostic purposes, but with the addition of experienced interventionalists from Piedmont Heart Institute, we are now able to offer treatment for cardiovascular diseases through the use of interventional cardiology and catheters,” said Darrell Cutts, president and CEO of Piedmont Fayette Hospital. “We are more than pleased to be able to provide advanced healthcare and the critical tools in fighting heart disease to the Fayette community.”
Interventional cardiology provides many benefits including the avoidance of scars, pain, and long post-operative recovery associated with surgery. Interventional cardiology procedures involve the insertion of a stent – a small wire mesh tube, or a catheter into the artery or heart in order to treat the narrowed artery. Catheters are thin, flexible tubes used to get inside blood vessels for diagnostic tests or to repair damaged vessels often avoiding the need for surgery.
Piedmont Fayette Hospital offers numerous advanced, comprehensive diagnostic and rehabilitative cardiology services including electrocardiograms (EKG), holter and event monitoring, cardiac monitoring, stress-testing, diagnostic cardiac catheterization and cardiac rehabilitation. For more information on cardiology services and Piedmont Fayette Hospital visit fayettehospital.org.