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Howard County General Opens New Cardiovascular Lab

For Immediate Release
November 12, 2007
Sharon Sopp

Howard County General Opens New Cardiovascular Lab

Columbia, MD – Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine recently added a new cardiovascular laboratory to enhance and expand several services, including primary angioplasty treatment, electrophysiology, minimally invasive vascular procedures, and pain management.

“We added the second cardiovascular suite to support our primary angioplasty program,” said Pat Miller, manager of the Cardiovascular Laboratory. “It is very beneficial to have an extra suite available when patients arrive in the ED in need of primary angioplasty. The second suite helps ensure that we can treat those patients quickly, while at the same time meeting the needs of other patients and physicians.”

Since 2003, HCGH has provided primary angioplasty for patients experiencing certain types of heart attacks. Shortly after arriving in the ED, these patients receive the life-saving procedure that opens their clogged arteries.

The new suite is completely digital and uses ‘flat panel detector’ technology, which offers increased sensitivity to x-rays, and has the potential to produce outstanding image quality while also reducing patient radiation dose. Next year, the new cardiovascular suite will be upgraded to a ‘bi-plane,’ which will allow for the creation of three-dimensional images.

Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine since 1998 is a 219-bed, not-for-profit, health care provider located in Columbia, Maryland. Serving the community since 1973, the hospital, with a professional staff of over 800 physicians and allied health professionals, representing more than 70 specialties and subspecialties, and a workforce of more than 1,700, has grown into a comprehensive, acute-care medical center that treats a full range of conditions from neonatal care to oncology and outpatient care to critical care.