Dr. Maxwell Prempeh Brings New Heart Procedure to Cartersville

Harbin Clinic Cardiologist Dr. Maxwell Prempeh successfully performed a Patent Foramen Oval enclosure procedure at Cartersville Medical Center on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

This is one of two new procedures Dr. Prempeh now performs in Cartersville to help patients who suffer from Structural Heart Disease.

“I’m thrilled to be performing these procedures. I think it’s a service that is needed in Cartersville, he says. “Now patients in Cartersville and Bartow County don’t have to travel out of town to have these procedures.”

The two procedures, Atrial Septal Defect closure and Patent Foramen Oval enclosure, allow local patients with these heart issues to be seen and treated by Dr. Prempeh.

“I’m very pleased to be able to bring these procedures to Cartersville Medical Center and the people of Cartersville and Bartow County,” Dr. Prempeh says.

Atrial Septal Defects (ASD) are present in approximately four out of every 100,000 newborns. If left untreated, it can result in increased pressures in cardiac chambers, lead to symptoms of heart failure and more.

Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) is a congenital cardiac lesion persistent into adult hood. PFO’s are usually much smaller holes than ASD’s and are present in approximately one out of four people.

In most people, the problem doesn’t require treatment, however patients under the age of 60 who have had unexplained strokes and patients may need or could benefit from the procedure.

The procedure involves the doctor inserting a catheter in the leg or groin area and positioning a closure device to cover the hole. The heart heals around the plug over a few months until no hole remains. Recovery from the procedure is quick, and most patients can return home the same or following day.

For more information about Harbin Clinic Cartersville Cardiology, visit our website at www.harbinclinic.com/location/cardiology-cartersville.