As 2019 comes to a close, the Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Cardiac Cath Lab celebrates a milestone in heart care for eastern KY. After performing the region’s first procedure for heart failure patients with leaky valves (mitral clip), the PMC cath lab has become the region’s first fully comprehensive cath lab. They now perform every approved cath lab procedure that any hospital in the nation can provide, allowing patients to receive cutting-edge treatment without leaving the area.

Throughout the year, the cardiology team added procedures to treat defects or abnormalities of the heart not related to the coronary arteries including the heart’s valves, walls, or chambers. These treatments are referred to as structural heart disease procedures and are the newest advancements

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The expert team of PMC Physicians/Cardiologists led by Interventional Cardiologist Muhammad Ahmad, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dermot P. Halpin, MD, and Electrophysiologist Michael Antimisiaris, MD have gathered a team of some of the best nurses, radiology technicians and post-op acute care providers in the field.

Dr. Ahmad said, “The ultimate goal for any cath lab in this modern era is to have a structural heart disease program. We have met the goal to accomplish this in eastern Kentucky while maintaining high-quality care and we have succeeded. Please call us for an appointment at (606-218-2201) or click here for more information about the advanced capabilities of Pikeville Medical Center’s Heart and Vascular Institute.