The New MMSC Cardiovascular Cath Lab Becomes A Reality
Posted on 12/29/2008
The community asked for it, and Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center (MMSC) built it. The new Cardiovascular Cath Lab at MMSC includes the most advanced technology for the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. Staffed and directed by the premiere cardiologists from the Iowa Heart Center, the Cath Lab at MMSC will provide patients with quality care close to home.
Iowa Heart Center’s clinic, staffed by Tauseef Khan, M.D., and one additional Cardiologist joining Dr. Khan in October, will be located at the MMSC Medical Campus, 312 E. Main Street, Suite 2100. Dr. Khan is coming to MMSC from Iowa Heart’s very active Interventional Cardiology service in Ft. Dodge.
Dr. Tauseef Khan, holds a medical degree from King Edward Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan. He completed an internship at Mayo Hospital in Lahore, followed by a residency and cardiology fellowship at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. He served as Chief Resident and Chief Fellow during this time. His interventional training was at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.
Dr. Khan is board certified in General, Interventional and Nuclear Cardiology, and also in Echocardiography.
“MMSC is proud to welcome Dr. Khan, an exceptional Board Certified Cardiologist, to the Cath Lab and MMSC’s Medical Staff,” said Rob Cooper, MMSC CEO. “Dr. Khan brings extensive experience in the field of cardiology and is our first full-time cardiologists at MMSC. “Dr. Khan shares our vision of providing exemplary cardiac care for all the communities we serve,” he continued. “Instead of traveling out of town for care, patients now will be able to stay in the community and receive cardiac care from highly qualified Cardiologists, practicing at a state-of –the-art facility.” We look forward to welcoming a second Cardiologist in October.”
Iowa Heart Center, Iowa’s leader in cardiovascular care, began offering office appointments in Marshalltown September 24. Call (641) 754-5999 for an appointment.
Iowa Heart will offer a variety of services in Marshalltown, including:
- Cardiac catheterization and interventions
- Outpatients consultations and follow-up appointments
- Inpatient consultations and visits
- Nuclear cardiology
- Vascular testing
- Vascular screening
- EKG testing
“We’re pleased to join the Marshalltown medical community,” said William Wickemeyer, MD, Iowa Heart Center’s Board President. “This clinic, and our relationship with Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center, will help Iowa Heart fulfill its mission of providing the highest quality cardiovascular care, compassion and service to all Iowans.”
Iowa Heart Center, founded in 1970, is one of the nation’s premier cardiovascular medicine practices. The Center’s physicians and staff are committed to providing world-class heart care, research and prevention services to Iowa families.
Dr. Khan performed the first cardiac cateterization at MMSC on Thurs. September 20th.
Lorna Wyant of Marshalltown was going to a scheduled appointment at MMSC when she began having trouble breathing. She was admitted to the hospital, and a cardiac catheterization procedure and stent placement was performed. “This is my fourth procedure and I’ve always had to go to Des Moines, which is very hard on me and my son. This is so much better than traveling, especially for my son,” Mrs. Wyant stated. “I like Dr. Khan so well, he is such a pleasant fellow. He took the time to answer all my questions, and I like that.” “Everyone took wonderful care of me here at the hospital, and I’m glad I could have everything done here,” she said.
Procedures to be performed in the MMSC Cardiac Cath Lab include, but are not limited to:
PTCA or Angioplasty - Inflation of a balloon inside the coronary artery ( vessel which carries blood to the heart ) and / or a peripheral artery ( various vessels which carry blood to the lower half of the body - I.E. kidneys and legs ) to push plaque back against the vessel wall and return proper flow of blood to the heart muscle and / or lower extremities.
Stent Placement - Placement of a bare metal wire mesh device into the coronary artery and / or peripheral artery to help hold a narrowed vessel open following a PTCA.
Drug Eluting Stent Placement (DES) - Placement of a wire mesh device into the coronary artery only - This type of stent is coated with a medication which helps reduce the chance of scar tissue from forming inside the coronary artery.
Arthrectomy - Use of a device which contains a small cutting instrument that can break up hard plaque and allow it to be removed from a narrowed vessel.
Cardioversion - A procedure which delivers an electrical shock to the heart and restores the heart to a regular rhythm.
Pacemaker - Placement of a small electrical device just under the skin of the chest which has wires extending into the heart. The pacemaker senses the existing heart rate and will send electrical impulses to the heart and stimulate it to beat at the correct rate.
Trans Esophageal Echocardiogram - This is an ultrasound procedure that may be used to detect heart valve disease, heart tumors, and blood clots inside the heart. It also may be used to detect an aneurysm.
Peripheral Angiography and Interventions – This procedure helps find and if necessary correct, blood vessel problems in your lower body and legs.
To schedule a consultation, patients and caregivers should call (641) 754-5999.