September 13, 2012

Providence Hospitals provides behind the scenes look at beating open-heart surgery in-person and online

Providence Hospitals, South Carolina Heart Center, WIS-TV and the South Carolina State Museum, are joining forces to provide the first behind the scenes look offered in the southeastern United States at a beating open-heart surgery.

As reported in The State newspaper, The heart disease and beating open-heart surgery education campaign kicked off on Wednesday, September 12 with a TweetUp that shared a behind the scenes look at beating open-heart surgery through surgeon commentary and still photography. Social media users joined the conversation by following @ProvHospSC and #BeatingHeart on Twitter and on Facebook, which are still active for the public to submit heart related questions.

On Thursday, September 20 from 7 to 8 p.m., all are invited to continue the conversation at Behind the Scenes with South Carolina’s Heart Hospital. The event will feature:
·         WIS-TV Anchor Dawndy Mercer Plank

·         South Carolina Heart Center cardiologist, who will discuss heart disease and prevention

·         Interview with Dr. Leppard and a video presentation of a recent beating-heart surgery procedure

·         Live Q&A with the audience and social media followers

This event is free and open to the public both in person and online for registered users. The live event will be held at the South Carolina State Museum auditorium located at 301 Gervais Street in Columbia, S.C.

The goal is to educate physicians, medical students, heart patients and South Carolina residents about the benefits of beating open-heart surgery as well as heart disease risk factors, prevention methods and symptoms.

“At Providence Hospitals, we perform approximately 650 open-heart procedures per year and on average more than 85 percent of those are done using the technique we are spotlighting at this event called beating-heart surgery,” said Edward “Mac” Leppard, M.D., Providence Hospitals cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon. “Beating-heart surgery means that the patient is never put on a heart and lung machine so his or her heart continues to beat while we are performing the procedure.

Our outcomes, which place us in the top 15 percent of heart programs in the nation, are the evidence that this technique works for our team.”

Those interested in participating in the event can follow Providence Hospitals on Twitter @ProvHospSC and on Facebook. Follow #BeatingHeart to join the conversation.

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