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Avera Medical Minute: Cath Conference

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Any doctor will tell you there are risks associated with any surgery no matter what kind you are having. If you are having something done to correct a blockage in your heart or aorta, of course, you want the best people on the job. The Avera Heart Hospital does by taking a team approach in managing your care.

At 7:00 sharp every Wednesday morning, North Central Heart organizes what they call "cath conference" at the Avera Heart Hospital, but it's not just about procedures performed in the catheter lab. Cardiologists, surgeons, and nurses get together to discuss difficult cases or interesting cases. Situations they may not see everyday and together help make the best decision for treating each patient.

North Central Heart Cardiologist Dr. Mark Gordon is the Medical Director of their Continuing Medical Education Program. He says, "Often times we are delegating whether they need to have a coronary artery bypass graft or an invasive angioplasty and stent placement."

The cath conference has also evolved in to discussing current topics in cardiology. The one we attended dealt with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Fatty deposits on the liver can lead to inflammation, which can lead to scarring and all of it puts you at increased risk for cardiovascular disease.

Hepatologist Dr. Hesham Elgouhari with the Avera Center For Liver Disease was the special guest speaker at this week's conference. He says, "It's important we come to the Heart Hospital and talk to cardiologists because they need to know the prevalence of fatty liver disease. It benefits patient care and it's good for share information and ask questions in this academic environment."

Often times a patient who comes to the Avera Heart Hospital will have more than one medical problem and that's why N.C.H.'s conferences and symposiums are so important for continuing medical education.

Dr. Gordon says, "Even if something happens on a Friday and the doctor needs to do something immediately and can't wait for the next conference, we call in 3, 4 sometimes 5 different cardiologists or surgeons and say, 'Hey, I need your input' for the best management for patient."

If it turns out being you on that table, isn't it nice to know a team of specialists has your back to fix your heart.


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