UMC Health System - Physician Notes

Winter 2017

Physician Notes is a magazine published by UMC Health System in Lubbock Texas

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For information about receiving copies of Physician Notes, or to subscribe to the digital edition, please email ATENCIÓN: si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Llame al 1.806.775.8755. CHÚ Ý: Nếu bạn nói Tiếng Việt, có các dịch vụ hỗ trợ ngôn ngữ miễn phí dành cho bạn. Gọi số 1.806.775.8755. UMC Health System complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. UMCšHealth System does not exclude people or treat them dif ferently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. UMC Health System: + Provides free aids and ser vices to people with disabilities to communicate ef fectively with us, such as: − Qualified sign language interpreters − Written information in other formats (large print, audio, accessible electronic formats, other formats) + Provides free language ser vices to people whose primar y language is not English, such as: − Qualified interpreters − Information written in other languages If you need these ser vices, ask at the Information Desk in the Main Lobby or the staf f in UMC's Ser vice Development Department (806.775.8755). If you believe that UMC Health System has failed to provide these services or discriminated in another way on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex, you can file a grievance with: UMC Service Development Department, 602 Indiana Avenue, Lubbock, Texas 79415, 806.775.8755, You can file a grievance in person or by mail, fax, or email. If you need help filing a grievance, the staff in UMC's Service Development Department (806.775.8755) is available to help you. You can also file a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Ser vices, Of fice for Civil Rights, electronically through the Of fice for Civil Rights Complaint Portal, available at https://ocrportal. portal/lobby.jsf, or by mail or phone at: U.S. Department of Health and Human Ser vices 200 Independence Avenue, SW Room 509F, HHH Building Washington, D.C. 20201 800.868.1019, 800.537.7697 (TDD) Complaint forms are available at fice/file/index.html WHEN PATIENTS WITH atrial fibrillation experience an irregular heartbeat, blood can accumulate in the LAA and form a clot that may enter the bloodstream. e WATCHMAN™ Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device seals the LAA to prevent clots from escaping. It is an alternative to long-term use of anticoagulation medication for qualified patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. "WATCHMAN is basically a small umbrella that's about two to three centimeters in diameter," said Anurag Singh, M.D., F.A.C.C., clinical cardiac electrophysiologist at UMC and assistant professor and co-director of electrophysiology at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. "Following a transesophageal echocardiogram to measure the size of the LAA, we use transseptal access tools, a guide wire and a catheter to put WATCHMAN in place by traveling through vessels in the leg and across the heart. Implantation is a one- time, approximately 30-minute procedure. We're excited and proud to introduce WATCHMAN to our region." LEARN MORE ABOUT INTERVENTIONAL CARDIOLOGY OPTIONS AT UMCHEALTHSYSTEM.COM. UNDER "MEDICAL SERVICES," CLICK "CARDIAC CARE." CLOSING THE DOOR ON ATRIAL FIBRILLATION-RELATED BLOOD CLOTS PATIENTS WITH ATRIAL FIBRILLATION HAVE A HIGH RISK OF STROKE DUE TO BLOOD CLOTS THAT CAN FORM IN THE HEART'S LEFT ATRIAL APPENDAGE (LAA). UMC HEALTH SYSTEM RECENTLY BEGAN OFFERING AN IMPLANTABLE DEVICE THAT KEEPS SUCH BLOOD CLOTS FROM MAKING THEIR WAY TO THE BRAIN. UMC Health System 602 Indiana Ave Lubbock, TX 79415

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