RRMC opens radial lounge for catheterization patients

  • Posted: Sunday, February 10, 2013 12:52 a.m.
Rowan Regional Medical Center has opened a lounge for patients recovering from radial catheterization.
Rowan Regional Medical Center has opened a lounge for patients recovering from radial catheterization.

SALISBURY — A new lounge at Rowan Regional Medical Center awaits patients recovering from a cardiac catheterization procedures.

The radial lounge features recliners, soothing colors, a mural and healthy snacks for patients to enjoy during their recovery. The quiet space is intended to aid the recovery and discharge of radial catheterization patients.

“The safety and positive outcomes of the radial procedure are certainly the top benefits to our patients,” said Dr. Apur Kamdar, interventional cardiologist at Mid Carolina Cardiology and Rowan Regional. “Additionally, we feel it’s important to find ways to increase patients’ comfort and in turn, overall recovery.”

The catheterization laboratory at Rowan Regional is one of the leading radial centers in Novant Health, the hospital’s parent company. Rowan Regional is one of the few Novant hospitals to offer the radial lounge recovery experience for patients.

Heart catheterization from the radial artery allows patients to recover with less downtime than the traditional method, through the femoral artery in the groin. The radial approach has been shown to be safer, more pleasant for the patient and less costly because it allows the patient to sit up and, in many cases, go home within a few hours.

At Rowan Regional, catheterization is done in the newly renovated cath lab where state-of-the-art imaging technology detects blockages, and physicians can start treatment quickly.

Cardiologists thread the catheter from a small incision, usually in the wrist or groin, up to the heart. Once the catheter reaches the heart, the medical team can see an image of the heart and any blockages or problems present.

The procedure is also used to treat a blockage by opening the blocked artery and allowing for a stent to be inserted for better blood flow.

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