Better equipment and technology mean better treatment for patients in our community. UHS recently opened a specialty clinic just for Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) patients in the region, and also launched a nuclear cardiology program at UHS Delaware Valley Hospital. Learn more about both initiatives.
The UHS Heart & Vascular Institute has opened a new outpatient clinic focused on treating advanced heart failure through the use of a mechanical implant. Learn more about this new clinic in “Introducing our LVAD Clinic.”
“Nuclear cardiology is functional, molecular imaging that shows us the function of the organ systems in the body, instead of just the structures in the body,” says James Avery, imaging technician at UHS.
Bringing this technology to UHS Delaware Valley Hospital means that patients with coronary artery disease will now receive its benefits, which include quicker, better diagnoses and therefore better, more targeted treatment plans. According to Keyoor Patel, DO, cardiologist at Delaware Valley Hospital, the biggest advantage to patients is improving access to this better care.
“This imaging technology is available in other places. However, we have a lot of patients who are unable to travel far distances—whether because of issues of comfort, weather or other reasons,” says Dr. Patel. “Having nuclear cardiology present at UHS Delaware Valley, a rural hospital, enables us to provide the care of a bigger hospital in this rural setting. It is a huge advantage for our population here and in the surrounding areas.”