Cardio care topic at Noon Rotary


WILMINGTON — Dr. Nihad Al-Assaad spoke to the Wilmington Rotary Club which meets at noon on the new interventional cardiology program at Clinton Memorial Hospital (CMH).

Dr. Al-Dr Al-Asaaad is the Medical Director of Interventional Cardiology at CMH.

He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Aleppo in Aleppo, Syria. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, a fellowship in Vascular Medicine and a fellowship in Cardiology at Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts, and an Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Al-Assaad has over 15 years of experience as a Cardiologist, and seven years’ experience as an Interventionalist, working in Canton, Elyria, and most recently with Genesis HealthCare in Zanesville.

Interventional cardiology is a branch of cardiology that deals specifically with the catheter based treatment of structural heart diseases. A large number of procedures can be performed on the heart by catheterization. This most commonly involves the insertion of a sheath into the femoral artery (but, in practice, any large peripheral artery or vein) and cannulating the heart under X-ray visualization (most commonly fluoroscopy).

The radial artery may also be used for cannulation; this approach offers several advantages, including the accessibility of the artery in most patients, the easy control of bleeding even in anticoagulated patients, the enhancement of comfort because patients are capable of sitting up and walking immediately following the procedure.

The main advantages of using the interventional cardiology or radiology approach are the avoidance of the scars and pain, and long post-operative recovery.

Additionally, interventional cardiology procedure of primary angioplasty is now the gold standard of care for an acute myocardial infarction. It involves the extraction of clots from occluded coronary arteries and deployment of stents and balloons through a small hole made in a major artery, which has given it the name “pin-hole surgery.”

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Shown are Dr. Nihad Al-Assaad, Medical Director of Interventional Cardiology at Clinton Memorial Hospital. and Greg Nielsen, President-elect of the Wilmington Rotary Club which meets at noon.
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/08/web1_IMG_1933.jpgShown are Dr. Nihad Al-Assaad, Medical Director of Interventional Cardiology at Clinton Memorial Hospital. and Greg Nielsen, President-elect of the Wilmington Rotary Club which meets at noon.

By Wilmington Rotary