Heart and Vascular Center of Minden

Minden Medical Center is pleased to announce that in an effort to make the most advanced equipment available to our patients; we have acquired an Innova® 3100IQ, all-digital cardiovascular and interventional imaging system from GE Healthcare. Our physicians can now use the GE Innova 3100 IQ to view internal anatomy when performing diagnostic procedures and treating potential coronary artery and vascular disease that could cause heart attacks or other serious cardiovascular damage.


Manufactured by GE Healthcare, the Innova 3100IQ is the latest addition to GE’s line of Innova digital flat panel cardiovascular and interventional imaging systems. “Physicians are now able to perform cardiac, angiographic, vascular and interventional procedures with a single system, and often in one visit. The GE Innova® 3100IQ all digital cardiovascular and interventional imaging system is helping Minden Medical Center’s physicians to better visualize the blood vessels and anatomy of the heart, as well as blood vessels throughout the entire body – even small, fine vessels all the way to the fingertips,” according to George E. French, III , CEO at Minden Medical Center. “These minimally invasive procedures also reduce risk, lessen pain and stress, shorten recovery times and lower procedure expenses.”

“The remarkable utility of GE’s Innova 3100IQ allows us to diagnose and treat cardiovascular patients who have a wide range of conditions, all on one system,” said Dr. Wenwu Zhang, Cardiologist. “Many patients coming to Minden Medical Center have both coronary and vascular conditions, which we can now more accurately and efficiently diagnose – and in some cases even treat – during a single procedure. This eliminates the stress and inconvenience of having to undergo multiple procedures.”

“The images produced by this machine are incredible. It's like going to high definition TV,” said Dr. Phillip Rozeman, Cardiologist. “It allows us to safely maneuver the smallest medical devices – such as stents and guide wires – during balloon angioplasties, vascular interventions and other clinical procedures. This opens up new opportunities for Minden Medical Center to provide a wide range of image-guided, minimally invasive treatment options that offer patients advantages over traditional surgery.”

The Heart Center team is led by Dr. Phillip Rozeman, Cardiologist. Dr. Rozeman is the president and a founding physician of Cardiovascular Consultants. He has been a practicing cardiologist since 1984. He brings extensive experience and expertise in the field of invasive cardiology, having performed over 6,000 diagnostic heart catheterizations, over 1000 balloon angioplasty or stent placements over his career. Dr. Rozeman joined the Minden's staff in 1995 with satellite clinic for easier access for area patients. He now has a full time office and staff working with The Heart Center.

Dr. Wenwu Zhang runs the Peripheral Vascular Disease Clinic at Minden Medical Center. Dr. Zhang is a Vanderbilt-trained cardiologist who is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Medicine, and Interventional Cardiology. Dr. Zhang offers a variety of technologies to treat peripheral vascular disease at Minden Medical Center including balloon angioplasty, stenting, atherectomy, and cryoplasty.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among both men and women in the United States.

More than 25% of all deaths are from heart disease, and it is a leading cause of disability. While heart disease can be a scary thing to think about, the implications of not thinking about it are even scarier. Thankfully, there are a number of things that can be done to reduce a person’s chances of developing heart disease, all of which are included in the American Heart Association “Simple 7”:

Get Active. Did you know that by exercising as few as 30 minutes per day, you can improve your heart health and quality of life? Studies show that for every hour of walking, you may increase your life expectancy by two hours.

Eat Better. A healthy diet is one that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products; includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts; and is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars. A healthy diet also emphasizes paying attention to caloric intake and portion sizes, and making smart choices from every food group.

Lose Weight. Among Americans age 20 and older, 145 million are overweight or obese (BMI of 25.0 kg/m2 and higher). That’s 76.9 million men and 68.1 million women. This is of great concern, because obesity is now recognized as a major, independent risk factor for heart disease.

Control Cholesterol. There are two types of cholesterol: “good” (HDL) and “bad” (LDL). It’s important to understand the difference, and to know the levels of each in your blood. A total cholesterol level over 200, a “good” cholesterol level under 40, or a “bad” cholesterol level over 160 generally indicates an increased risk for heart disease. Don’t know your numbers? Talk to a doctor about a cholesterol screening.

Manage Blood Pressure. Hypertension is the single most significant risk factor for heart disease. One in three adults has high blood pressure, yet, about 21 percent don’t know they have it, as it is often symptomless. Of those with high blood pressure, 69 percent are receiving treatment, yet, only 45 percent have their blood pressure under control.
“High blood pressure that goes undetected or untreated can cause damage to the heart and coronary arteries, including heart attack, heart disease and congestive heart failure. It can also cause stroke, kidney damage, vision loss, memory loss, erectile dysfunction, fluid in the lungs and angina (chest discomfort from increased activity),” says Dr. Rozeman, “On a positive note, high blood pressure is treatable, but it must be diagnosed and then monitored on an ongoing basis.”

Reduce Blood Sugar. Diabetes is considered one of the major controllable risk factors for cardiovascular disease. In fact, adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or a stroke than adults without diabetes. If you have diabetes, it’s critical to monitor your blood sugar level and have regular check-ups. Work closely with your healthcare provider to manage your disease and control other risk factors.

Stop Smoking. Smoking is the most important preventable cause of premature death in the United States. Smokers have a higher risk of developing many chronic disorders, including atherosclerosis – the buildup of fatty substances in the arteries – which can lead to coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke. Controlling or reversing atherosclerosis is an important part of preventing future heart attack or stroke.


For more information call 318-371-4048 or e-mail doug.loennig@lpnt.net.

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