STEUBENVILLE - Trinity Health System has added a third cardiac catheterization lab in its Cardiac Diagnostic Center.
The new lab features a Philips Allura FD 20 catheterization unit, which assists Trinity physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. It also can be used in peripheral vascular studies. Trinity added a new peripheral vascular lab in 2011.
Peripheral vascular disease is a common condition for people with coronary artery disease. Major blood vessels in the legs and other extremities are affected by arterial disease, and Trinity physicians can diagnose and treat those conditions much the same as they do with blood vessels in the heart.
NEW UNIT AT TRINITY — Dr. Rafael Schmulevich, medical director of Trinity Health System’s Cardiac Diagnostic Center, stands next to a new Philips Allura FD 20 unit, which assists physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.
Stents and other treatments now are available at Trinity, which not only provide longer life expectancies, but quality of life as well.
Dr. Rafael Schmulevich, medical director of the Cardiac Diagnostic Center, said the technology means "(we) can provide relief for patients suffering from poor circulation in the extremities. Many of the patients have difficulty walking or standing, but our treatments provide relief from the pain and numbness and can then lead normal, active lives."
The new cardiac catheterization lab provides advanced acquisition and visualization with upgraded 56-inch monitors that provides five fields of simultaneous imaging. The increased visualization allows physicians and staff to use less radiation during the testing while receiving crisp, distortion-free images and advanced measuring tools in the diagnostic process.
Trinity now plans to add a cardiovascular imaging system that will share all cardiac-related studies performed in the heart center and satellite centers in one digital system allowing physicians to have access to every cardiac test or treatment instantaneously.
"Trinity continues to lead the region in cardiac care and will always stay abreast of the latest and best practices," Trinity Spokesman Keith Murdock said.