Wichita heart patients receive world-class medical care

Wichita heart patients receive world-class medical care

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Wichita Business Journal by Dave Kratzer

Date: Sunday, November 7, 1999, 11:00pm CST

When it comes to scientific advances in the war on cardiovascular disease, Wichita's cardiology community is leading the charge with an array of innovative techniques and procedures designed to defeat the nation's number one killer.

At the Kansas Heart Hospital, which opened earlier this year, 27 cardiologists and cardio-thoracic and vascular surgeons with more than 250 years of combined professional experience perform newly developed TMR, or laser trans-myocardial revascularization, and 90 percent of all beating-heart surgeries in the area.

The beating-heart surgeries are performed without the use of a heart-lung machine, as in traditional bypass surgery, and TMR relies upon lasers to create new channels of blood supply to the heart.

Cardiovascular services performed at the 43-bed, $15 million, 47,000-square-foot sub-specialty hospital on North Webb Road include heart catheterizations, interventional procedures such as stent insertion and balloon angioplasty, open heart surgery, thoracic surgery, peripheral vascular surgery and permanent pacemaker implantations.

Care also is given for congestive heart failure, rhythm disturbances, and angina pectoris, commonly known as chest pain.

The inpatient facility has two fully digital catheterization labs, three state-of-the-art open heart operating rooms, and a nuclear cardiology department that is equipped to perform all types of cardiac and some non-cardiac nuclear medical testing.

Dr. Badr Idbeis, a cardio-thoracic surgeon, and Dr. Gregory F. Duick, a cardiologist, are co-CEOs of the Kansas Heart Hospital.

Says Duick: "Anytime you label yourself a children's hospital or heart hospital, it's going to be expected that you're better."

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