Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital opens new Heart Center: Offers life-saving cardiology services close to home

February 3, 2016

February 3, 2016 –ELKO, NV-

Residents of northeastern Nevada now have access to enhanced cardiovascular services at Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital (NNRH). On February 1, NNRH celebrated the grand opening of its brand new Heart Center, which is supported by the hospital’s new affiliation with Drs. Rodney Badger and Imran Zubair, interventional cardiologists who have joined the hospital.

“This expansion of care and the addition of these new interventional cardiology specialists to our medical team will significantly enhance the level of service we are able to provide,” said Rick Palagi, chief executive officer of NNRH. “Patients will no longer have to travel several hours to receive interventions and more invasive treatments for cardiac care. They now have access to these often life-saving services right here in Elko.”

Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, the Heart Center will benefit patients through increased access to specialized cardiology services, decreased wait times and reduced length of inpatient stays. The Heart Center will be led by Northeastern Nevada Cardiology physicians, Imran Zubair, MD, FACC, and Rodney Badger, MD, FACC. The Heart Center, in partnership with Drs Zubair and Badger, have committed to complement and support other local physicians and their patients.

Regarding the treatment of a patient suffering a heart attack, Imran Zubair, MD, FACC with Northeastern Nevada Cardiology remarked, “With cardiac events, minutes are muscle. Time is critical and every second counts. By offering these services close to home, we can ensure faster completion of tests and delivery of treatments, which could significantly increase the preservation of critical heart muscle.  It is not only time-saving, but potentially life-saving.”

The Heart Center has required a $1 million dollar investment by NNRH in physician, staff, equipment and training. New services that haven’t been available in the past include cardiac catherizations, stent placements and pace makers to help the hospital better coordinate care for chest pain patients, promote more prompt diagnoses and reduce the need to travel to Salt Lake or Reno for these procedures. In addition to interventional care, the Heart Center offers a wide range of diagnostic services including cardiac rehab, cardiac stress testing, electrocardiograms (ECGs), endovascular diagnostic and interventional procedures, pacemaker placement, stress echocardiography, vascular surgery, and venous, carotid and lower arterial studies, as well as heart disease prevention and education programs.

Heart attacks, stroke and cardiac arrest are all life-threatening, and every second is critical in regard to response time and treatment. If you or someone around you is experiencing any of the following symptoms identified by the American Heart Association, call 9-1-1 immediately to receive help and treatment as quickly as possible.

Symptoms of a heart attack:

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

To learn more about the Heart Center at Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital, please call 748-CARDIAC (2273).