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Expertise and compassionate care are two of the main traits of all the members of our team. When it comes to caring for your heart our expert physicians will be there for you every step of the way.
Study Raises Concerns Over Safety of Implanted Heart Pump
Clots are arising at increasing rate for people using the HeartMate II device, although reasons are unclear
FDA to Lift Restrictions on Diabetes Drug Avandia
Not all experts are happy with granting wider access to the troubled medication, however
Study Finds Links Between Psoriasis, Heart Failure
Researchers recommend screening psoriasis patients for heart risks
Healthy Eating Benefits Heart Failure Patients, Study Says
Low-sodium diet lowered high blood pressure after 3 weeks
Mental State Influences Readmission After Heart Failure Treatment, Study Says
Memory problems, use of antidepressant linked to early hospital return
New Method Cuts Radiation During Pacemaker Procedure: Study
Electromagnetic tracking system reduces time that live X-rays are needed during device implantation
How well do you know your heart? This article provides a basic understanding of the heart’s anatomy.
What is blood pressure? This article defines blood pressure, addresses risk factors, and gives tips for reducing high blood pressure.
Are you making heart-healthy choices? This article provides suggestions for heart-healthy living.
Have you been diagnosed with heart disease? This article explains how cardiac rehabilitation can be a valuable part of your treatment plan.
Are you at risk for heart disease? This article suggests actions to reduce your chances of developing heart disease.
How will your life change after a heart attack? This article provides tips & suggestions for returning to a “normal” lifestyle.
Throughout his retirement, Tom Ritchie of Metter exercised on a regular basis and managed to maintain a sensible diet, allowing him to lose 20 pounds along the way. Even though he seemed like the picture of health, Tom didn't know that his life would take a dramatic turn for the worse.
One afternoon, while working on the roof of his barn, Tom broke out in a sweat that soaked him from head to toe. All alone and having a difficult time breathing, Tom was able to call 911. He remembered that his mother-in-law had mentioned a new doctor coming to East Georgia Regional, so he asked EMS to take him to Statesboro. Upon arrival at East Georgia Regional Medical Center, Tom was met by Dr. Christopher Leggett, the hospital's new interventional cardiologist.
Results from Tom’s exam showed a 99.9% blockage in an artery known as “the widow maker”. Dr. Leggett immediately transferred Tom to the hospital's state-of-the-art cath lab, where Dr. Leggett inserted a stent and opened Tom’s blocked artery.
Without access to an interventional cardiologist like Dr. Leggett, and a hospital like East Georgia Regional Medical Center, Tom would have been taken to a facility some 50 miles away - a long time to wait in such an emergency. Today, Tom Ritchie is back to leading a healthy and active life, has finished the roof on his barn, and realizes that heart disease can happen to anyone.