A Riverton man was flown to Sheridan Memorial Hospital last week to receive specialized care from a cardiologist. According to a media release from SMH, Larry Shuttlesworth experienced extreme discomfort due to a condition called Ventricular Tachycarda, or in other words, a very fast heartbeat, on March 11. Doctors in Riverton told Shuttlesworth he would have to go to either Cheyenne or Billings for further treatment.
However, Shuttlesworth's daughter is Renee Obermueller, Sheridan County's Administrative Director. Renee suggested her father be flown to Sheridan's new Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. After confirmation that SMH would take the case, Shuttlesworth was treated by Dr. Michael Brennan, a cardiologist with Big Horn Heart Center. Medical imaging of Shuttlesworth's heart did not show a blockage, but rather a problem with electrical impulses in the heart. His condition can be controlled with medication.
Cath Lab Coordinator Jennifer Rasp-Vaughn says that in the short time that the cath lab has been open, they've provided treatment for a good number of patients within the community.
According to Dr. Brennan, Shuttlesworth is the first patient flown in for treatment.