(Calhoun, Ga) — Robert Simeon was proud of the fact that he had never in his life been a patient in a hospital.
“I’ve spent a lot of time with family in and out of the hospital,” said the 54-year-old construction worker. “But I’ve been real fortunate. I’d never really had any physical problems.”
But that all changed a few weeks ago. He and his wife Georgia were working in their vegetable garden at their Fairmount home, when suddenly he began hurting in his middle back area.
“My arm went numb,” he said, “and then my chest started hurting.”
His wife begged him to let her take him to a hospital, but he kept resisting.
“After she threatened to call an ambulance, I finally decided to go,” the grandfather of five said. “My wife’s mother uses Gordon Hospital, so that’s why I decided to go there.”
After being examined at Gordon Hospital’s Emergency Center, Simeon was admitted into the hospital, where he spent the next three days undergoing a battery of tests to determine the cause of his pain.
“I was scared to death because I’ve never been in the hospital,” he said. “But I was treated just great. The room was terrific and everyone I met was so kind.”
Ultimately, it was in Gordon Hospital’s new high-tech diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization laboratory (Cath Lab) that revealed the answers to Simeon’s problems. Fortunately for him, the Cath Lab had just opened at Gordon Hospital, alleviating the need for him to be transferred to an out-of-town medical facility for the test.
Gordon Hospital’s Cath Lab uses the latest technology and advanced clinical procedures to diagnose blockages and the narrowing of arteries; evaluate the pumping ability of the heart and the function of heart valves; and measure internal pressures within the heart.
Coronary angiogram or cardiac catheterization is an X-ray test used to determine the condition of the heart and the coronary arteries. A cardiologist performs this test using a small catheter, which is inserted through an artery and is advanced through the blood vessels and into the heart. A dye is then injected through the catheter to help the cardiologist visualize a moving picture of blood flow through the coronary arteries while taking X-rays.
“This procedure enables physicians to find possible blockages from blood clots or plaque build-up, which can cause a heart attack,” says Raina Sanford, director of radiology at Gordon Hospital. “Results from cardiac catheterization help cardiologists determine whether treatment with bypass surgery or another type of intervention is necessary.”
To make this and other catheterization procedures as beneficial as possible, new technology has been implemented at Gordon Hospital. An integral component of the Cath Lab is having the latest interventional X-ray technology — Siemens Artis Zee®. In fact, Gordon Hospital is the first hospital in North Georgia to offer patients access to this state-of-the-art equipment.
“Our new X-ray system offers an array of benefits for patients, as well as physicians,” says Sanford. “The advanced image quality for cardiac procedures allows physicians to get a faster, clearer picture than ever before and can diagnose and treat their patients promptly with greater confidence.”
In addition, the patient’s experience during the procedure is more comfortable because the X-r