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New Program Saves Lives at Local Hospital

RICHLANDS, VA (Press Release) – Clinch Valley Medical Center is making it easier for heart patients in our community to receive care locally with the launch of a new Interventional Cardiology program. The program, led by Dr. Pavan Karnati will provide patients ready access to a variety of diagnostic and non-surgical treatments for the heart, including angioplasty and stenting.  

"Interventional Cardiology relies heavily upon catheter-based techniques that are less invasive than surgical procedures, and typically allow for faster recovery and relief from symptoms," says Dr. Karnati, Interventional Cardiologist at Clinch Valley Medical Center "Through this new program, we'll be able to provide potentially life-saving treatment to patients with narrowed coronary arteries, which supply blood to the heart; peripheral arteries, which supply blood to the legs, feet, kidneys and abdomen; and carotid arteries, which supply blood to the head and neck."

"Clinch Valley Medical Center remains committed to providing quality healthcare close to home," says David Darden, Chief Executive Officer at Clinch Valley Medical Center. "We are both pleased and proud to provide these new services to our community."

According to Dr. Karnati the following procedures will be offered as a part of Clinch Valley Medical Center's Interventional Cardiology Center:

Angioplasty creates a space in a blocked artery by inserting and inflating a tiny balloon. The balloon, which does not remain in the body, compresses the plaque against the wall of the artery so that blood can flow more freely.

Cardioverter Defibrillators help treat patients at high risk for sudden cardiac arrest. Implanted through a small incision near the shoulder, ICDs use electrical pulses to help control life-threatening and irregular heartbeats.

Fractional Flow Reserve can accurately measure blood pressure and flow through a specific part of the coronary artery. It can be useful in assessing whether or not to perform angioplasty or stenting on intermediate blockages.

Intravascular Ultrasound employs a catheter in the coronary artery to emit sound waves that produce an image of a blockage, providing information necessary to determine next steps in treatment.

Pacemaker Insertion is for patients with abnormally slow heart rhythms, congestive heart failure and/or a high risk for sudden cardiac arrest. Pacemakers help the heart pump more effectively by coordinating the pumping action through electrical signals.

Peripheral Arterial Disease Intervention involves the evaluation of diseases of the blood vessels outside the heart. Balloon angioplasty and stenting may be used similarly to treat PAD.  In addition to Dr. Karnati, Dr. David Cassada and Dr. Vijay Ramakrishnan can perform this procedure as well.

Stenting uses a tiny, permanently placed, stainless steel, wire-mesh tube called a stent to keep arteries open following a Balloon Angioplasty (see above). Both bare-metal and medication-releasing stents are available.

To learn more about Clinch Valley Medical Center's Interventional Cardiology Center, contact

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