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Echocardiograms, the standard diagnostic tool in the fight against heart disease, will be available in 3-D at Palomar Pomerado Health (PPH) thanks to the generosity of the Hedco Foundation.

The Danville-based Hedco Foundation issued a challenge grant to PPH in the fall of 2010. The foundation, which supports health and education organizations, agreed to fund half of the $433,000 cost of imaging equipment used in The Integrated System, which combines innovative technology and improved data management via 3-D ultrasound systems.

The grant challenged PPH to raise the remaining funds from interested donors, which it did.

"We wanted to be a participant because we saw that this program can do an enormous amount of good for the community and have wide ranging repercussions for a large number of people," said Roger Schwab, a member of the Hedco Board of Directors.

The grant for PPH is the most recent in the region, according to Hedco officials who said prior grants funded the Salk Institute in the 1970s and 1980s and two grants funded Children’s Hospital San Diego in 1977 and 1979.

The technology will bring 3-D clarity to echocardiograms, helping to significantly reduce the length of cardiac valve repair surgeries. The system will also make heart patients’ 3-D images, physicians’ reports and nurses’ notes available anywhere – greatly increasing the ability to conduct national consultations.

The Cardiology Department will be located at the new Palomar Medical Center, scheduled to open this summer. Some benefits physicians and patients can look for include:

* Superior clarity of real-time images of the complex cardiac anatomy

* Shorter, less complicated procedures

* Improved patient healing (shorter hospital stays)

* Useful in Cath lab during interventional procedures

Fore more information, please visit www.pph.org.

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