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Hearts in Good Hands

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Deborah McNamee and June Leise are two area residents who didn’t take chances with their health, and today are stronger and healthier for it. Each of the women was in her 60s when she experienced physical symptoms that told her something wasn’t right, and each acted quickly to seek appropriate medical care. In Ms. McNamee’s case, she was diagnosed with blockages in her arteries, and underwent open heart surgery to address the issue. Ms. Leise suffered from an irregular heartbeat, and had a new, minimally invasive type of ablation to correct the problem. Both procedures were performed at UHS Wilson Medical Center, home of the UHS Heart & Vascular Institute.

Both patients have expressed gratitude that the advances in care available today made it possible for them to deal with momentous, even life-threatening heart issues. Because they responded rapidly to symptoms and had access to high-level care nearby, both are doing well today. As Ms. McNamee puts it, “If I had waited longer, the outcome could have been much worse. I encourage anyone with new or troubling symptoms of any kind to call 911.”

As a community-based, not-for-profit healthcare system, UHS has made a major investment in its cardiovascular programs and services to address the expanding needs of our region’s population and keep up with advances in medicine. From open heart surgery to atrial fibrillation ablation, and from aortic valve replacement to the use of clot-busting drugs, cardiac care has progressed by leaps and bounds over the past 30 years. Today, UHS is the center for an extensive range of heart procedures that are saving, prolonging and enhancing people’s lives.

At UHS, we’re proud that our Heart & Vascular Institute can be such a valuable, trusted resource; the place people turn to when treatment is imperative. With the recent addition of several new providers, the Institute combines the skills of more than 30 physicians, surgeons and allied health practitioners to offer care in 14 subspecialties, such as pediatric and sports medicine cardiology, and electrophysiology. It’s now one of the largest heart programs in central New York.

If you are concerned about heart health, or if you have symptoms that won’t go away or are affecting your ability to function normally, you’re encouraged to take it seriously and take action. Once diagnosed, you’ll be given a support team to help you navigate your treatment options and encourage you every step of the way.

Your heart will be in good hands. As Ms. McNamee has noted: “You won’t regret it; you’ll get an accurate diagnosis and you’ll receive outstanding care. Most importantly, it just might save your life.”



Matthew J. Salanger
President and CEO of UHS