Sheridan Memorial Hospital and the Big Horn Heart Center have launched a campaign to get the word out about a new cardiac catheterization lab. Hospital spokeswoman Mary Kaercher said the local hospital now has all the medical equipment necessary to stabilize and transport patients requiring emergency open-heart surgery.
She went on to say their heart attack intervention treatment times are faster than the national average and within the national hospital standard of 90 minutes. Having the lab, she said, means that anyone who suffers a heart attack now has access to cardiac interventional treatment at Sheridan Memorial, which can minimize or eliminate damage to the heart altogether if medical help is sought as soon as heart attack symptoms occur.
The medical facility has hired two highly trained and experienced board certified cardiologists, according to information being distributed throughout the community; and offers cardioversions, echocardiograms, cardiac rehabilitation, catheterization and coronary intervention or angioplasty and stenting.