Placement of stents to open blocked arteries and balloon angioplasty services are now available at Logan Regional Hospital’s fully digital heart catheterization lab with two stent procedures performed last week by Interventional Cardiologist Gerald I. Polukoff. “This is a major milestone for our community,” said Logan Regional Hospital CEO Mike Clark. “There are important advantages to having expanded cardiac care available locally. Time is muscle for heart attack victims. Prompt, effective intervention saves heart muscle and saves lives.” Clark said several years of planning preceded the opening. “We have been working on this for the last five to seven years. We started first gathering information on how many of these procedures were being done for people here in Cache Valley. Whenever we start a new program we need to make sure we have enough volume in order to have a quality program. “You want a physician that does enough of these on a regular basis, one competent enough to do them well. As we have monitored the number of stents placed and angioplasty procedures over the last several years we determined that 150 to 250 a year are done on people living here in the valley.” That is enough, he said, to have a physician start a program and grow it. Logan Regional’s previous catheterization lab provided diagnostic services only. The hospital’s two new cath labs will provide a range of diagnostic and interventional cardiology procedures, specialized radiology services and pain management procedures. A May 31 community open house is scheduled for the full cath lab suite. “Over time we plan to add additional interventional cardiologists and expand coverage to 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said Clark. He said heart patients requiring heart-bypass surgery and some other advanced procedures will still be transported to Ogden or Salt Lake City for treatment.
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