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25 Apr 2014 03:28:30 MDT Written by: Leann Tobin

MMH Welcomes Two New Cardiologists

MMH Welcomes Two New Cardiologists

             Stay Home for your Heart Care!  We are thrilled to say this will now be the norm for most patients at Montrose Memorial Hospital.  Two new Interventional Cardiologists are joining Dr. Brad Huhta in our Cardiology Services department.  Dr. Huhta has diligently and tirelessly cared for our cardiac patients over the past 14 years and we commend his dedication and commitment.

            Dr. David Lee started seeing patients the first part of April and Dr. Riley Foreman will begin April 29th.  They are both Interventional Cardiologists who will see patients at MMH Cardiology Clinic as well as caring for patients in the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at MMH.  In addition, Dr. Huhta will continue caring for patients until his retirement at the end of this year.

Interventional cardiology is a specialty of cardiology that refers to various non-surgical procedures for treating heart disease.  Primarily they diagnose and treat narrowed arteries and weakened heart valves which are often caused by coronary artery disease, heart valve disease, or peripheral vascular disease.  Probably the procedure you are most familiar with is the angioplasty, which is the gold standard of care for a heart attack.  It involves the treatment of blood clots or blocked arteries and placing stents and balloons through a small hole made in the arteries from the femoral or radial access sites. 

Interventional cardiologists have additional specialized training to use catheters—thin, flexible tubes to get inside blood vessels for diagnostic tests or to open blocked and narrowed vessels or other heart structures which often help avoid the need for open heart surgery.  If a patient’s individual case requires open heart surgery to repair the damage, you will still be transported to a different hospital for that procedure. 

Dr. David Lee attended the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago and completed his Internship and Residency at Stanford University Medical Center in California.  He then finished a five-year fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.  He comes to Montrose from Portland, Oregon where he was on the faculty at the Oregon Health and Science University.

Dr. Riley Foreman received his medical school training at the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, MO and completed his internship at Charles E. Still Memorial Hospital in Jefferson City, MO.  After serving in the US Navy, he finished his Residency at the Naval Hospital in Oakland, CA.  He then completed his training with a fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego and an Interventional Cardiology fellowship at the University of California in San Diego.

            MMH has been working hard to recruit Cardiologists to our community to help continue and expand the excellent care already available.  Hopefully you won’t need our Cardiology services, but if you do, you can Stay Home for your Heart Care!  

 


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