New cardiology services offered at WMC
by Anna Oakes
services at Watauga Medical Center will soon save many patients from a trip to
On Wednesday, the
Appalachian Regional Healthcare System announced that its cardiology
service line is instituting advanced, state-of-the-art cardiology services for
patients with coronary artery disease. The services, available Oct. 31, include
both diagnostic and therapeutic modalities, which previously were only
available at larger medical facilities.
Watauga Medical Center in Boone, Cannon Memorial Hospital in Linville and
Blowing Rock Hospital in addition to specialized medical offices throughout the
Advanced cardiac testing can clearly determine which
patients are best treated with medical therapy and which are clearly best
served by coronary angioplasty and stenting. In addition, coronary angioplasty
and stents, previously only available at medical centers outside of Boone, will
now be offered at Watauga Medical Center, ARHS said.
The program will be under the direction of Dr. Paul Vignola.
Vignola completed medical training at Yale University and his cardiology
training at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital.
“He brings such expertise to the area. We’re very fortunate
to have him,” said Gillian Baker, ARHS vice president for corporate
More recently, Vignola served as chief of cardiology, director
of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab and director of interventional cardiology at
Miami’s Mount Sinai Medical Center.
“I am truly excited to be able to bring the latest in
advanced diagnostic testing and treatment with coronary stenting to this
mountain community that I have grown to love,” Vignola said in a statement. “In
the past, so many of our neighbors were sent off the mountain to be properly
diagnosed and treated. Now they can get the best care available anywhere right
here at home.”
The Cardiology Center of ARHS is also excited to welcome back
former Boone cardiologist Joseph Helak, ARHS said.
Helak practiced in Boone previously from 2004 to 2011 before leaving for a position in Detroit.
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