An advanced heart-care service currently available only in Halifax will be part of new expansions at Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Health and Wellness Minister Michelle Thompson announced today, October 7.
A cardiac catheterization lab will be included in the new clinical services building as part of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality Health Care Redevelopment project.
In cardiac catheterization, a thin, flexible tube is guided through a blood vessel to the heart to diagnose or treat conditions such as clogged arteries and to prevent heart attacks.
“Today, Cape Bretoners have to drive for hours to get the life-saving care they need in Halifax,” said Minister Thompson. “This cardiac cath lab will provide life-saving care in Cape Breton, and also make life so much easier for patients, who will be able to have their procedure done in less time than it takes them to get to the causeway.”