BOLIVIA, N.C., Aug. 28, 2019 – Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center is now providing much-needed diagnostic cardiac catheterizations and vascular studies to the Brunswick County community.
Novant Health has partnered with New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Cape Fear Heart Associates to offer mobile diagnostic cardiac catheterizations performed by Cape Fear Heart Associates’ Dr. Joshua Winslow twice a month at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center. In addition, Dr. J. Andrew Smith of Novant Health Surgical Associates is able to perform vascular studies on the mobile unit.
“Before this partnership, patients had to go out of their way to have this procedure,” said Shelbourn Stevens, president of Brunswick Medical Center. “As a not-for-profit organization, our mission to improve the healthcare of the communities we serve includes offering care close to home whenever possible. I think this is the first step of many to provide more advanced cardiac care for those in Brunswick County.”
A diagnostic cardiac catheterization is a minimally invasive procedure that involves passing a catheter (a thin, flexible tube) through blood vessels to the heart. The procedure is used to tell how well a heart is functioning and to diagnose any possible cardiac disease. Winslow will use findings from the procedure to inform patients of any conditions that might require future cardiac treatment and intervention. For example, if Winslow observes any blockages, he would refer patients to an interventional cardiologist for a coronary stent to open up the arteries for proper blood flow.
Winslow is board-certified in nuclear cardiology, cardiovascular medicine and internal medicine. He earned his bachelor’s degree of science in biology from Hobart College in Geneva, New York. Winslow received his doctor of medicine degree from Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He completed his an internal medicine residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii and a cardiovascular medicine fellowship at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Smith will offer vascular studies, including diagnostic and interventional peripheral arteriograms. A peripheral angiogram is a test that uses X-rays and dye to help your doctor find narrowed or blocked areas in one or more of the arteries that supply blood to your legs.
Smith earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and completed medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis. He then went on to complete residency in general surgery at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina. Before coming to Novant Health, Smith worked for Carolinas HealthCare System at Shelby Surgical Associates and was an attending surgeon at Carolinas HealthCare System – Cleveland.
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