Clean bill of health for car­diac unit

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

Winch­ester Dis­trict Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal’s car­diac pro­gram has re­ceived a Cer­tifi­cate of Achieve­ment, rec­og­niz­ing the pro­gram’s qual­ity im­prove­ment plan to sup­port high qual­ity, stan­dard­ized care for pa­tients.

“This is great for our pa­tients and our team,” notes Car­di­ol­o­gist Dr. Ka­mal Sharma, who is at WDMH two days each week and prac­tises at the Uni­ver­sity of Ot­tawa Heart In­sti­tute.

WDMH’s new echocar­dio­gram equip­ment is a key fac­tor. The new ma­chine, pur­chased through funds raised by the com­mu­nity, pro­vides top-of-the-line images and re­ports. “We can now do much more here in Winch­ester, so pa­tients do not have to travel to Ot­tawa,” says Dr. Sharma.

Echocar­dio­g­ra­phy uses sound waves to cre­ate images of the heart and its struc­tures for the di­ag­no­sis, man­age­ment and fol­low-up of pa­tients with heart dis­ease. Each year, more than 1,000 echocar­dio­grams are con­ducted at WDMH.

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