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WellStar North Fulton Hospital Now Offers Increased Range of Cardiac Procedures
The expansion of WellStar North Fulton Hospital's cardiac catheterization lab brings cutting edge heart procedures close to home
​​Coronary angioplasty is a procedure used to open clogged heart arteries with a tiny, temporary balloon that widens the clogged artery to restore healthy blood flow. Now, the benefits of coronary angioplasty are combined with the precision of robotics. WellStar North Fulton Hospital is one of just 50 sites in the world offering this technology.

A catheterization (“cath”) lab is an examination room where physicians perform minimally invasive tests and procedures to diagnose and treat cardiovascular disease. WellStar North Fulton Hospital now provides not only coronary procedures, but diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm disturbances and peripheral abnormalities, such as arterial blockages of the legs.

“We’re excited to offer high-end, super-specialized treatments to patients with heart rhythm disturbances right here at North Fulton Hospital,” said Anand Kenia, M.D., WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine electrophysiologist.

The hospital’s capabilities now include the full spectrum of the latest treatments to normalize heart rhythm, from radiofrequency ablations and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) to pacemakers, including leadless (or wireless) pacemakers.

Leadless pacemakers, appropriate for patients who need a single-chamber, right ventricle pacemaker, are implanted directly into the heart instead of under the skin, minimizing the risk of infection and speeding recovery.

North Fulton Hospital is the first in metro Atlanta to offer robotic-assisted coronary intervention using the Corindus CorPath system, which increases precision and decreases radiation exposure to physicians.

“With the robot’s assistance, our physicians can place a stent exactly where they want it, with one-millimeter-increment precision,” explained Jeffery Penton, director of cardiovascular services at North Fulton Hospital.

And for patients who require diagnostic caths, interventional cardiologists at North Fulton Hospital now offer methods which are safer and more accurate, including rotational angiography, which substantially decreases the amount of radiation and contrast material.

“We are thrilled with the substantial capital investment by WellStar at North Fulton Hospital,” said Hunt Anderson, M.D., WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine interventional cardiologist and medical director of Cardiology at North Fulton Hospital. “This multi-million dollar expansion illustrates WellStar’s significant commitment to our community.”

To schedule an appointment with a WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine physician at North Fulton Hospital, please call 770-956-7827.​