San Antonio's Southwest General Hospital today announced the completion of it's $3 million renovation, which will bring badly needed cardiac care services to a traditionally underserved part of the metro, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
Key to the upgrade is a new suite of Electrophysiology Cardiac Cathertization equipment, which will treat heart atrial fibrillation, which is a significant problem among the Mexican Americans who make up a large part of Southwest General's service area.
"This means, if you have a heart attack or any other kind of cardiac event on San Antonio's south side, Southwest General has all the tools and the very best team in place to care for you," SWG CEO Craig Desmond said.
The new facilities at Southwest General will also save lives on the south side, because state of the art cardiac care equipment will be located far closer to where the patients live and work.
The Atrial Fibrillation equipment is especially critical, as a patient with that condition is up to seven times more likely to suffer from a stroke.
"Cardiology is one of the most critical needs in our community, and one of Southwest General's key service lines," Desmond said. "This expansion specifically addresses our patient population's need for enhanced access to state of the art cardiac care close to home."
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