Atrium Medical expands cardiac catheterization lab to handle increased demand

Atrium Medical Center is located in a community the size of Middletown and not a metropolitan city, but that doesn’t indicate the scope of its services, said Dr. Mouhamad Abdallah, medical director of Atrium’s Chest Pain Center and cardiac catheterization lab.

He called Atrium Medical Center “a small-big hospital” that offers patients “a huge line of advanced services.”

The full-service hospital, located in the Warren County portion of Middletown, has enhanced its cardiac catheterization lab with new technology and additional space to handle a growing demand for cardiac services, he said.

Abdallah called the upgrades “very important steps” as Atrium Medical Center, part of Premier Health, continues to advance its nationally recognized heart care through investments in technology. Atrium Medical Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as High Performing in heart attack and heart failure care.

The enhancements added lab space to ensure uninterrupted care for patients, according to Abdallah. The extended room creates a necessary bridge to enable routine maintenance and repairs in any one of the three labs.

It’s imperative, he said, to offer these services locally because patients suffering from cardiac disease may not have the necessary time to seek care at out-of-town hospitals.

“Lives are being saved in the cath lab,” he said. “This is where the sickest of the sick heart patients receive expert care.”

Cardiac catheterization services are vital as the patient population ages and as comorbidities like diabetes, hypertension, and obesity increase. Cardiovascular disease is one of the top three causes of death in Butler and Warren counties.

Abdallah said the new cath lab equipment is designed to “improve minimally invasive therapy” of diseases by providing sharper images with low dose radiation and an improved ability to identify small vessels, enhancing precision while increasing patient safety.

Various procedures — both scheduled and emergencies — take place in Atrium Medical Center’s cardiac catheterization lab, according to Abdallah. Most are diagnostic angiograms to look for blockages in the arteries of the heart. The second most common procedure addresses peripheral vascular issues that patients are experiencing, such as blockages in the arteries that supply blood to the legs.

The Atrium Medical Center Foundation, through donors, funded the project and new equipment. Thomas Farrell, chair of the Atrium Foundation board of directors, said the foundation and its donors strive to support the “indispensable needs” of the hospital and community.

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