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Community Hospital of New Port Richey adds angioplasty services

Angioplasty is added to hospital's services

Community Hospital of New Port Richey has announced that it now offers angioplasty services on both an elective and emergency basis at its Cardiac Catheterization Suite.

The procedure treats narrowed arteries in patients with coronary heart disease.

It is performed by an interventional cardiologist who has met the criteria established by the state's Agency for Health Care Administration. The physicians who perform this procedure at Community Hospital include Dr. Sudhir Agarwal, Dr. Najam Javeed, Dr. Christos Pitarys, Dr. Carlos Bayron, Dr. Werner Jauch and Dr. Gopal Chalavarya.

As an elective procedure, this allows credentialed interventional cardiologists to diagnose blockage and unblock the artery before a heart attack occurs. On an emergency basis, if a patient is experiencing a heart attack, Community Hospital is prepared to open the blocked artery with the goal of restoring blood flow to the open heart muscle within 90 minutes of the patient's arrival.

For additional information, call Community Hospital's Cardiac Catheterization Suite team at (727) 834-5724.

Surgeons do revision of weight-loss method

Each year more than 100,000 patients in the United States undergo gastric bypass surgery for the treatment of obesity. Experience now shows that about 20 percent of these patients will regain weight within a few years after the surgery, due to the stretching of the stomach, and will be at renewed risk for diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Bariatric surgeons Lee Grossbard and Richard DiCicco are pioneers in the field of minimally invasive weight-loss procedures. They can perform Revisional Obesity Surgery, Endolumenal — more commonly called ROSE — to restore the stomach to its original size, improving the chances for weight loss success.

They are performing the procedure at Pasco Regional Medical Center in Dade City, the only hospital in Central Florida to offer it.

The surgical procedure takes about one hour, and most patients go home the same day. Patients typically begin to feel the results right away and resume their path to weight loss.

E-mail items to or mail to Lucille Lazich, Business Digest, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL. 34668. Call (727) 869-6235.

Community Hospital of New Port Richey adds angioplasty services 05/17/09 [Last modified: Sunday, May 17, 2009 6:42pm]
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