UW Medicine Regional Heart Center Expands at Northwest Hospital

Original Release: 09/30/2013
Media Contact: Karen Peck
Email: karen.peck@nwhsea.org

One of Only Two Sites in U.S. With Advanced, Ultra-Low-Dose Cardiac X-Ray System

SEATTLE, WA (Sept. 26, 2013) – UW Medicine’s Northwest Hospital & Medical Center announced the opening of UW Medicine’s expanded Regional Heart Center at Northwest Hospital. This new facility offers a broad spectrum of cardiac diagnostic procedures and treatments. It also features the only installation in the western United States of an ultra-low-dose cardiac x-ray system that improves patient safety by greatly reducing the level of radiation patients receive, while significantly improving image resolution.
The new imaging system is the foundation of the facility’s new electrophysiology lab. Electrophysiology describes the practice of diagnosing and treating arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats. Many procedures require placement of catheters and wires into the blood vessels leading to and within the heart. The advanced technology in the new imaging system will help cardiologists perform these procedures while delivering 60% less radiation to patients and increasing image resolution of small blood vessels by 70%. This allows the physician to diagnose and deliver interventional treatments more safely and with greater accuracy and precision.

The new center, which is located on the ground floor of the hospital’s main tower, also includes an expanded catheterization lab, where cardiologists diagnose and perform procedures to treat coronary artery disease, such as placing stents in blocked arteries. Patients can also receive diagnostic and interventional treatment of peripheral vascular disease, including treatment for blockage of peripheral arteries and veins throughout the body.

“The new UW Medicine Regional Heart Center at Northwest Hospital expands and enhances our ability to provide timely, efficient, life-saving care for cardiac patients,” said cardiologist Dan Wilkinson, MD, co-medical director of the new center. “For years we have focused on reducing the radiation dose received by both our patients and staff. The new technologies in this facility emphasize our commitment to reducing radiation to our patients and improving our quality of care by using safer and more precise imaging devices. Everyone at UW Medicine who has collaborated on creating this center is exceptionally proud to be able to bring it to our community.”

A free community event will be held at the New UW Medicine Regional Heart Center at Northwest Hospital on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

About Northwest Hospital & Medical Center
Founded in 1960, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is a full-service, non-profit hospital located just north of downtown Seattle. With 281 licensed beds, more than 1,900 employees and all private rooms, it offers some of the most innovative, technologically advanced medical care available. Major clinical programs and services include: inpatient, outpatient and emergency services; primary care; cancer care; cardiac care; neurosciences and Level 1 stroke center; orthopedics and sports medicine; childbirth services; multiple sclerosis center; hernia center; geropsychiatric center; and education and wellness programs, among others. In 2010, Northwest Hospital joined the UW Medicine health system. For more information about Northwest Hospital and its programs and services call 206-364-0500 or visit brokenlink.com. To find a physician, call the hospital’s free physician referral line at 206.668.4636.

About the UW Medicine Regional Heart Center
UW Medicine Regional Heart Center (RHC) provides comprehensive care for all types of cardiac conditions and diseases. Its multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and other highly trained clinicians is internationally recognized for their expertise in treating coronary artery disease, heart rhythm disturbances such as atrial fibrillation, heart failure and adult congenital heart disease. The UW Medicine Regional Heart Center provides patient care at UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center and Valley Medical Center, as well as at clinics and affiliates in Bellevue, Edmonds, Mill Creek and other locations.