ARMC Enhances Cardiac Cath Lab Services

Steve Curtis, from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center’s Cardiac Cath Lab team, explains how the Toshiba Infinix-i digital imaging system helps to enhance a physician’s ability to diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease.

Steve Curtis, from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center’s Cardiac Cath Lab team, explains how the Toshiba Infinix-i digital imaging system helps to enhance a physician’s ability to diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease.

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) recently unveiled a new addition to its cardiac care services, a cardiovascular X-ray system that enhances a physician’s ability to diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease.

The renovated cardiovascular catheterization (cath) lab, on the second floor of ARMC, features a Toshiba Infinix-i digital imaging system that provides sharper images and enhanced safety by reducing the amount of radiation a patient receives. The equipment is designed to flexibly move around the healthcare professional, and the patient, so procedures can be performed more comfortably, safely and efficiently.

“Every minute is crucial when it comes to a heart attack,” said Steven Fitzmorris, M.D., Director of Cardiology, who works in ARMC’s Cardiac Cath Lab, which is a specialized operating room with imaging equipment that allows physicians to visualize the heart and its arteries. “This allows us to see if arteries are blocked and the faster we can open them the better the patient will be.”

The installation and renovation of the lab took about nine months and cost approximately $2 million.

This is an additional piece to ARMC’s growing cardiac care capabilities. The hospital is also a Primary Stroke Center, a designation it achieved in 2010. For more information about ARMC’s stroke center and other cardiac care services visit our website at www.arrowheadmedcenter.org.

About Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

ARMC is a 456-bed university-affiliated teaching hospital located on a 70-acre campus in Colton, California, and is a designated Level II trauma center. ARMC operates a regional burn center, primary stroke center, a behavioral health center, four primary care centers including three family health centers, and provides more than 40 outpatient specialty care services. ARMC is helping to achieve the Countywide Vision by addressing the community’s wellness and educational needs. For more information on the Countywide Vision, visit: www.sbcounty.gov/vision. Follow ARMC on Twitter at @ArrowheadRMC for important announcements and updates, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/arrowheadregional.

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