Cardiac Research and Technology
Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) is actively involved in researching new ways to improve outcomes for heart patients through:
- Clinical Trials - We work hand-in hand with principal investigators at Northeast Georgia Heart Center to research new ways to improve patient outcomes. Trials range from the testing of new treatments, like robotic insertion of stents, to drugs and devices.
- Minimally Invasive Valve Reconstruction - NGMC now offers advanced minimally invasive mitral and aortic valve reconstruction. Both procedures result in less pain, smaller scars and faster recovery versus traditional surgeries.
- Northeast Georgia Regional Stemi Program - This collaboration between NGMC's Emergency Room, Cath Lab and EMS departments in 14 counties is designed to treat your heart attack as quickly as possible. Here's how it works:
- EMS workers transmit your EKG from the ambulance to the Emergency Room while you are en route
- On-call physicians read the EKG to determine if you're suffering a particularly severe heart attack, known as a STEMI (S-T Elevation Myocardial Infarction)
- When you arrive at the hospital, a team is standing by to rush you past the ER and into the Cath Lab
- You are sedated as an interventional cardiologist clears the blockages in your arteries and restores blood flow to your heart
- This program is funded in part by The Medical Center Foundation.
- Theraputic Hypothermia - By cooling your body to near-freezing temperatures after you suffer a heart attack, caregivers minimize the harm caused by reduced blood flow to your brain. Here's how it works:
- Cold saline is injected into your body through an intravenous line (IV) while you're in the ambulance
- When you arrive at the hospital, special cooling blankets continue to lower your core body temperature
- Early analysis of therapeutic hypothermia shows promise in improving both chances of survival and neurologic outcomes for heart attack patients.
- Standard Protocols - NGMC is constantly improving treatment by attempting to beat standard protocols, which are goals for timing and types of treatment set as benchmarks for each diagnosis.
Call 770-219-5416 or send us a contact form for more information.