$2.3 million cardiac clinic will save lives, CEO says

July 18, 2014 at 9:15 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Dr. Christopher Paris, who will run the CIS clinic, cuts the ribbon to officially open the new cardiac wing of the hospital.
Dr. Christopher Paris, who will run the CIS clinic, cuts the ribbon to officially open the new cardiac wing of the hospital.
Less than three months after opening a state-of-the-art cardiac catheter lab that has already treated more than 60 patients, St. Charles Parish Hospital officially unveiled a $2.3 million cardiac care clinic.

The 10,000-square-foot clinic consists of 16 exam rooms, a nuclear medicine room, a stress treadmill room with two treadmills, two echocardiology rooms, a pacemaker room and a laboratory for blood work. Together, the cath lab and new clinic allow doctors at the Luling hospital to locally treat and diagnose several heart conditions for the first time.

St. Charles Parish Hospital built the cardiac wing, but Cardiovascular Institute of the South will rent out the space from the hospital and run the clinic.

“As a result of the program here, lives are going to be saved,” David Konur, CEO of Cardiovascular Institute of the South, said.

Dr. Christopher Paris will head the new clinic for CIS. Paris is a native of Houma and is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology and nuclear cardiology. He said the new clinic and cath lab provide a great service to the St. Charles Parish community. He also called Luling’s $2.4 million cath lab the best one he has ever worked in.

Cardiac catheterization is a procedure where a thin, flexible tube called a catheter is put into a blood vessel in a person’s wrist or groin and threaded to the heart.

Through the catheter, doctors can perform diagnostic tests and take an ultrasound to see blockages in the coronary arteries. If blockages are found, stents can be used to open the artery and get blood moving back to the heart, which can prevent heart attacks from occurring in the future.

The speed of the procedure is important in the case of heart attacks. Before the hospital built the cath lab, patients in St. Charles Parish who suffered heart attacks would have to be taken to a hospital in another parish. Now, the hospital has all the tools needed to treat those patients in Luling.

John Landry, the chairman of the St. Charles Parish Hospital Board, said that the cardiology care now offered at the hospital fills a huge void for the parish’s aging population. In fact, Landry said that he will be a new preventative patient at the clinic. However, he was quick to stress that you don’t have to be an older person to use the facility.

Just last month, 19-year-old Destrehan graduate Brock Benedetto was a patient of CIS. After an EKG and ultrasound, Paris discovered that that Benedetto had a leaky heart valve.

Benedetto underwent open heart surgery to correct the issue and was on hand at the clinic’s opening.

The cardiac clinic is located inside of St. Charles Parish Hospital and is open from Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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