Tuesday, July 23 2013, 01:49 PM MDT
New Lab Helps Heart Patients
By: Carla Pruitt
(KUTV) Treating patients with heart rhythm problems is a delicate process. There is now a new lab, where doctors can precisely map out the heart. Marlene Thomas is one person who was treated in the new lab at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo. She was supposed to have knee surgery but doctors discovered she had a problem with her heart. So instead of an operating room, she went to the new electrophysiology lab. “I just remembered that all the guys were so incredibly nice and helpful,” said Thomas.
Doctor Chun Hwang is one of the physicians who use the lab to correct abnormalities of the heart. “Basically, we are targeting uncertain cardiac tissue to eliminate so that the patient can achieve normal rhythm.” The technology gives doctors a three-dimensional map of the heart, so they can pinpoint and treat the problem without major surgery. Doctor Hwang says the new lab also helps to reduce a patient’s risk to radiation.
Utah Valley Regional Medical Center is only one of a few hospitals in the country to have the lab. For more information, visit: http://intermountainhealthcare.org/hospitals/uvrmc/Pages/home.aspx
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