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State's First Radial Access Catheterization Training Hosted at Saint Mary's Health Network

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Chief of Interventional Cardiology, Devang M. Desai, M.D. named lead trainer in Nevada

RENO, Nev. – Thursday, January 31, 2013 – In December, Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center became the first hospital in the state to host a radial access heart catheterization training, a procedure that is quickly becoming a new trend for doctors across the country. Saint Mary's joins the ranks of Stanford University and the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center as one of three locations on the West Coast qualified to offer such trainings and the only hospital to offer hands on training to cardiologists learning how to perform radial catheterizations.

Saint Mary's Chief of Interventional Cardiology, Devang M. Desai, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I. was named Nevada's leading physician to provide radial training to cardiologists across the country and recently served as guest faculty at an international radial conference in Japan. Dr. Desai has performed hundreds of radial catheterizations in northern Nevada and has become a regional leader in interventional cardiology by bringing new techniques and procedures that produce better patient outcomes.

"It is a privilege for northern Nevada and Saint Mary's to be recognized as a center for excellent medical care and training," said Helen Lidholm, CEO for Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center. "Our facility provides the latest in heart technology and we take a lot of pride in our ability to perform procedures that yield better outcomes for our patients."

Only ten percent of heart catheterizations nationally are performed with the radial approach, despite the inherent benefits to patients. Traditional heart catheterizations are performed with the catheter inserted via the femoral artery through the groin. This method involves the patient lying flat on their back for up to and sometimes exceeding six hours during and post-operation. Patients are also at higher risk for bleeding complications and additional pain.

With the radial approach, the catheter is inserted through the wrist which allows immediate mobilization after the procedure with minimal to no discomfort. Patients also face near zero risk of bleeding complications and the procedure is proven safer and cost-effective. In many instances, patients are discharged hours after the procedure.

"It is very important to remain at the cutting edge of medicine and provide our patients with safer and lower-risk alternatives," said Dr. Desai. "The safety and comfort of our patients is our top priority and offering this procedure limits a patient's risk of complications and offers quicker recovery times with less discomfort."

Saint Mary's Cardiology has a team of 100-percent board-certified interventional cardiologists who are focused treatment programs that yield better outcomes. The cardiology program provides a comprehensive range of services including cardiac rehab, prevention and disease management, vascular care and more. To learn more about Saint Mary's Cardiology, visit or call 775-770-7622.


Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center

Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center based in Reno, Nev. is a 380-bed acute care hospital offering inpatient, outpatient and wellness services. Nationally recognized and accredited by the Joint Commission, Saint Mary's offers a robust line of services including a top-rated Center for Cancer featuring the region's only CyberKnife radiosurgery delivery system, state-of-the-art William N. Pennington Emergency Room and Senior ER and a Heart and Vascular Institute dedicated to long-term wellness. The health system also operates a fully-integrated Medical Group with six primary care offices, four urgent care facilities and two retail clinics and a state-of-the-art Center for Health & Fitness. As a long-standing community partner, Saint Mary's is dedicated to ensuring the health and wellness of northern Nevada remains strong. For more information, visit