Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center Unveils Life-Saving Tools for Victims of Stroke and Other Vascular Conditions

POMONA, Calif., June 9, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The chance of surviving a stroke can be increased if the victim gets help right away. Today, Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) announced the opening of its new state-of-the-art interventional radiology suite, which will allow physicians to diagnose and treat stroke victims with minimally-invasive technology.

"Every second is critical when treating stroke victims," said Dr. Sonja Janjua, an interventional neurologist. "When we can't pinpoint the start time of a stroke, we are limited in the treatment options we can use. The interventional lab allows us more flexibility and is a superior alternative that gives our patients a better chance of surviving."

The interventional neuro-radiology lab offers Pomona Valley area residents access to the same cutting-edge technology, previously only available at the larger academic or regional medical centers located more than 30 miles away, without losing critical time in-transit.

"With these advanced technical capabilities, PVHMC can use our team approach for diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of vascular disease stroke and conditions by being able to take images and do a procedure at the same time," said Robert Jacoby, Administrative Director of Radiology. "Being able to complete procedures more quickly and comfortably, also improves the overall patient experience and outcomes."

The lab includes advanced 3D imaging technology, which allows radiologists to quickly move through arteries, diagnose the exact amount of blockage and communicate to the physician the precise size and location of a stroke.

"From prevention to treatment, we are committed to the continued investment in the health of our community," said Richard Yochum, CEO of PVHMC. "While we are pleased to offer this life-saving treatment, we also encourage our residents to continue taking steps that will reduce their risk of heart attack or stroke."

PVHMC is certified as a primary stroke center by the Joint Commission and has a comprehensive stroke rehabilitation program.

CONTACT: Frank Garcia Interactive Media and Marketing Manager Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center 909.469.9459 frank.garcia@pvhmc.orgSource:Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center- MNews