Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital Emergency Department now focuses on cardiovascular emergencies

Feb 14, 2017

PHOENIX (Feb. 13, 2017) – Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital  has turned its general Emergency Department into an ED focused on treating patients with heart and cardiovascular conditions. 

As part of the change, the hospital’s on-site physicians completed advanced cardiac training, and they also will continue to have access to a cadre of cardiovascular specialists. 

“Transitioning to a cardiac-focused ED was born out of our hospital’s enduring commitment to cardiovascular care,” said Frank Molinaro, the hospital’s CEO. “It’s another way for us to leverage our deep expertise and best practices in treating patients with a plethora of heart and cardiovascular conditions.” 

Another Photo of Dr. Brian HessDr. Brian Hess is overseeing Abrazo Community Health Network hospitals’ emergency medical operations. He previously served as chief of staff at Abrazo Central Campus. 

Hess helped create the advanced cardiovascular emergency education platform, drawn from real-life scenarios and taught in an interactive, web-based forum. 

“The training covers everything from the origin and epidemiology of cardiac disease to best-practice management strategies based on data from a vast number of clinical cases,” he said. 

One of the benefits of the training, Hess added, is the hospital ED’s orientation to patients in given subsets, including those with a history of or propensity for heart or cardiovascular disease. “That’s important because heart and cardiovascular conditions could be life-threatening emergencies that require immediate action.” 

About 2,150 Americans – one every 40 seconds – die from heart and cardiovascular diseases each year, according to the American Heart Association. In addition, nearly 86 million people are living with some form of cardiovascular disease or the after-effects of a stroke. 

Abrazo Arizona Heart Hospital has a history of innovation, education and leadership in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. Under the direction of Dr. Timothy Byrne, the hospital has established six heart and cardiovascular institutes, expanded its services and has become a training ground for cardiologists nationwide. The hospital also is participating in national clinical trials to inform promising new treatments for those living with heart and cardiovascular conditions.  

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