Huron Regional Medical Center

Summer 2012

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Enhancing Diagnosis for Vascular Disease Huron Regional Medical Center has a new and improved diagnostic tool to check blood flow, marking a higher level of vascular care for the Heartland Region. Acquired in January 2012, the Parks Flo-Lab 2100 is an advanced automated vascular machine that checks blood flow in multiple places on the body to screen for peripheral vascular disease (PVD). PVD can occur when plaque builds up in the arteries and reduces blood circulation in the arms, legs, hands and feet. This weak blood flow can lead to leg pain when walking, numbness and slow-healing sores on the legs and feet. The same risk factors that lead to PVD also contribute to heart attack and stroke, two of the leading causes of death in the United States. A Thorough Approach The Parks Flo-Lab 2100 is able to perform Doppler ultrasound for ankle brachial index testing, during resting and stress periods, and segmental pressure testing. Segmental pressure testing is a minimally invasive screening that uses cuffs to measure blood flow in the arms, legs, fingers and toes. Unlike a traditional blood pressure screening, which only checks pressure in one arm, a segmental pressure test provides a more comprehensive and detailed picture of the entire circulatory system and helps physicians pinpoint the exact location of a blockage, which is particularly valuable for elderly patients, those who smoke and patients with diabetes. “This is the most advanced vascular screening tool available, and it’s the only one of its kind in our area,” says Rich Janes, RTR, RDMS, RVT, RDCS, director of medical imaging at HRMC. “If the Flo-Lab detects a blockage, we have a wealth of other imaging tools, including ultrasound, computed tomography and magnetic resource imaging to further evaluate the problem and make an accurate diagnosis.” To learn more about diagnostic tools at HRMC, visit, click on “Services/Departments” and select “Radiology/Imaging”. HRMC Calendar of Upcoming Events Alzheimer’s Support Group Sunquest Village, meets the third Tuesday of every month at 3 p.m. (605) 352-8471. Diabetes Support Group Huron Area Senior Center, meets the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. (605) 352-3695. Heart Smart Cardiac – Better Breathers Pulmonary Support Group HRMC Huron Towers Auditorium, meets the third Wednesday of every month at noon. (605) 353-6531. Hospice Volunteer Meeting HRMC Huron Towers Classroom 108, meets the last Tuesday of the month at 3 p.m. (605) 353-6520. Peripheral Neuropathy (PN) Self-Help Support Group Huron Area Senior Center, meets the second Wednesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. (605) 352-5181. Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH) Support Group HRMC Central Tower Dakota Room, meets the third Tuesday of every month at 4 p.m. (605) 353-6531. HRMC Prenatal Education Classes HRMC Huron Towers Auditorium, meets on Tuesdays every other month at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit South Dakota Women’s Expo South Dakota State Fair Park, Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost $10 (includes lunch). For more information, see page 5 of this issue.Visit HURON REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER 172 4TH STREET SE HURON, SD 57350 This publication in no way seeks to serve as a substitute for professional medical care. Consult your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.

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