New medical center lab will help heart patients
Riverside University Health System Medical Center in Moreno Valley has opened a catheterization laboratory that will expand heart and neurovascular care in that part of the Inland Empire.
The $4.3 million facility includes imaging equipment that shows the heart and other cerebrovascular structures and technology that tracks blood flow, according to statement released this week.
“Our patients previously had to go to other hospitals for advanced procedures,” said Dr. Rajogopal Krishnan, the medical center’s chief of cardiology, in the statement. “We are grateful to have the ability to offer a higher level of care to our patients and community. This is a dream come true for our patients and our team.”
The team that will assist the doctors in the “cath” lab has more than 50 years experience in the medical field.
That facility will allow the medical center to treat one of the most serious heart attacks, an ST-elevated myocardial infarction, victims of which require immediate attention.
Four years ago, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved $4.3 million to help fund the cath lab. That money also helped the 125-year-old teaching hospital pay for a surgical robot, CT and MRI scanners and diagnostic machines, according to the statement.