Maria Parham Health is bringing New Cardiovascular Services to the Area

June 27, 2019

Heart disease continuously remains a leading cause of death among Americans and those living in rural areas have a higher risk of mortality from heart related issues due to lack of access to cardiac care. On May 1, 2019 Maria Parham Health performed the first Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) in their Cardiac Catheterization Lab.

A PCI procedure is performed to open blocked arteries that supply blood to the heart tissue that is caused by coronary artery disease (CAD).  The usual cause of CAD is a buildup of plaque which narrows those arteries and limits the supply of blood to the heart. Stents and/or balloons can be used to keep these arteries open. 

Maria Parham Health’s Cardiac Cath Lab has been in operation since 2015.  Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterizations have been provided since that time to diagnose coronary artery disease.  Procedures also included Peripheral Angiograms, Angioplasty and Stenting to treat peripheral artery disease and restore blood flow to the legs. Now, residents in Henderson and surrounding areas can access expanded cardiology services closer to home. “Expanding our cardiology care to the communities we serve is extremely important,” stated Bert Beard, Chief Executive Officer of Maria Parham Health. “Due to aging populations, cardiology care is going to continue to be a vital health care need for many rural communities, including ours. We want our community members to have access to the care they need close to home.”   

Maria Parham Health’s cardiac cath lab is staffed by Duke Interventional Cardiologists as well as local nurses and technicians.  This expansion of the cardiac program to include PCI is a connecting link between the existing Chest Pain Accredited Emergency Department and the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Maria Parham Health.  “We are proud to offer this progressive approach to the residents of Henderson and the surrounding areas here at Maria Parham Health” said Lisa Wheeler, Director of Cardiology Services.  The Duke Interventional Cardiologist are just moments away to serve you at Maria Parham Cardiology for diagnosis, treatment and follow up.”  These Duke physicians not only perform procedures in the Maria Parham cardiac cath lab, but also provide care to patients at Maria Parham Cardiology for diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, treatment, and follow up.  For more information on the cardiology services offered at Maria Parham Health, visit If you are in need of a cardiologist, call 800.424.DOCS (3627).

PHOTO CAPTION: Pictured above from left to right, Shirley Davis RN, Lisa Wheeler RN, Kathy Thomas RN, Todd Dresher, Dr Rajesh Swaminathan, Stephanie Carter RT (R), Shannon Hoyle RT ®.