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Heart: As part of its educational outreach for American Heart Month, the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (ARMC) will offer the public a chance to watch a live cardiac catheterization during a webcast of a procedure Tuesday, February 1 at 5 p.m. EST During a cardiac catheterization, which can be a diagnostic and a treatment procedure, the cardiac catheterization team inserts a thin plastic tube or catheter into an artery or vein in a patient's arm or leg. The team then threads the catheter into the chambers of the heart or into the arteries of the heart.

The public can view the surgery live on February 1, and can submit questions to the surgical team prior to and during the webcast. The webcast will last for one hour.

"This webcast will help the public learn more about cardiac catheterization, emergency angioplasty and heart disease," said Howard Levite, MD, MBA, medical director of the Heart Institute at ARMC and director of the cardiac catheterization laboratories at ARMC. "Advances in heart catheterizations have led to many exciting diagnostic and treatment capabilities that are more efficient and effective for patients."

The procedure will take place in one of ARMC's two cardiac catheterization suites. The Heart Institute is the only regional hospital that can provide low and high-risk cardiac catheterizations, because it is the only hospital the state has designated to perform cardiac surgery in the region.

"Most people know of a friend or loved one who has had a cardiac catheterization," said Terri Schieder, RN, administrator of clinical development for AtlantiCare. "At the Heart Institute, we offer quality diagnostic, treatment and follow-up care. But we also want the public to understand heart health. By offering this webcast, we hope to increase the community's understanding of cardiac catheterization and expand its knowledge about options for treating and diagnosing heart disease."



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