Harris Regional to Offer New Cardiac Services

Harris Regional Hospital is expanding its cardiac services, offering diagnostic cardiac catheterization in Sylva beginning in mid-July. Hamid Nawaz, MD, a cardiologist with Harris Cardiology, will perform the procedure in the hospital’s mobile lab provided through a partnership with Duke LifePoint Cardiac Partners, LLP.

The diagnostic test will quickly determine if an individual has a blockage in any of the arteries leading to the heart. Having diagnostic cardiac catheterization available to serve the western counties will help promote faster care and better clinical outcomes.

The catheterization lab at Harris Regional Hospital is the latest in a series of expansions for the hospital’s cardiology service line including the addition of Dr. Nawaz, Francis Nullet, MD, and Frederick Dressler, MD, two additional cardiologists working with Harris Cardiology.  Last year the hospital expanded diagnostic, treatment, and monitoring services, as well as echocardiography seven days a week.

Harris Regional Hospital is an accredited chest pain center through the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, the accrediting arm of the American College of Cardiology. Accreditation as a chest pain center signifies the hospital has met nationally-designated standards to provide resources for early heart attack care.