Forrest General's Heart and Vascular services include several areas of care, including cardiovascular and vascular services, cardiology and interventional radiology. These services are provided by a staff of board-certified cardiovascular and vascular surgeons, cardiologists and experienced staff, supported by three dedicated surgical heart suites, a dedicated endovascular surgical suite, Telemetry Units and Critical Care areas.
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Forrest General has a long history of excellence in cardiac and vascular care:
- In 1968, Forrest General Hospital established a Coronary Care Unit (CCU). Since then, Forrest General's comprehensive cardiac care program has become one of the region's leading heart centers. Skilled and dedicated doctors perform more than 5,500 cardiac procedures each year, helping improve the lives of many south Mississippians.
- In 1978, the hospital's first cardiac catheterization laboratory was established, which now performs an average of 350 procedures a month.
- Cardiovascular surgeons performed Forrest General's first open heart surgery in 1985. Today, more than 7,465 Forrest General patients have undergone open-heart surgery.
- Forrest General performs more than 500 interventional balloon and stent procedures each year, exceeding American Heart Association angioplasty guidelines, which suggest hospitals should not offer angioplasty unless the facility performs at least 200 a year.
Click on one of the pages above for more information on Forrest General's Heart and Vascular services, as well as information on heart disease, heart attack and stroke, and how you can minimize your risk of develop developing one of these problems.
For more information on heart and vascular services at Forrest General, call FGH OnCall at 1-800-844-4445, then press 1, from 3 -8 p.m., Monday through Friday, or send an e-mail.
For more information about heart disease and stroke, contact your nearest American Heart Association or call 1-800-AHA-USA1 (1-800-242-8721), or visit americanheart.org.
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