Denton Regional Medical Center Introduces a New Level of Care for Heart Patients

Denton Regional Medical Center Introduces a New Level of Care for Heart Patients With the Opening of Its Radial Lounge.

Denton LIVING WELL Magazine

Denton Regional Medical Center will soon introduce a new level of care for heart patients by opening a state-of-the-art comprehensive recovery area known as a Radial Lounge.

The Radial Lounge is a unique recovery area featuring individual lounge chairs, high-definition televisions, and wireless Internet access. Patients will have access to healthy snacks and refreshments as they relax and recover.

“Our cardiology team is very excited to be able to offer our patients this advanced care and a safe and comfortable place to recover,” says Caleb O’Rear, CEO, Denton Regional Medical Center.

Cardiac catheterization is a medical procedure used to diagnose and treat coronary artery disease. The method involves threading a long, thin catheter through an artery into the heart. Traditional catheterization access is through the femoral artery (in the groin). In recent years, the transradial approach to cardiac catheterization, which involves using the radial artery in the wrist, has gained popularity with practitioners as well as patients.

“For those patients who have had the traditional heart catheterization, they will remember four to eight hours of lying flat with a compression weight on the leg. For many patients, this was the worst part of having a catheterization,” says Ashley Smith, Administrative Director of Cardiac Services at Denton Regional. “Now, with the transradial approach, the wrist insertion site only requires one to two hours of applying a small plastic band about the size of a wrist watch. It is placed on the wrist and then is inflated with a small amount of air to add pressure to the insertion site.”

Cardiologists at Denton Regional Medical Center can now offer patients who meet certain physical requirements the opportunity to have their heart catheterizations performed with a transradial approach. These patients benefit in a variety of ways, including a lowered risk for bleeding complications and reduced expense due to shorter recovery times. In addition, Denton Regional’s new Radial Lounge offers patients in recovery an atmosphere of comfort coupled with the highest quality care.

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