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Natchez hospital gets OK for heart services

NATCHEZ — State health officials have approved plans by Natchez Regional Medical Center to reopen its catheterization lab.

The state approved the plans Tuesday.

NRMC officials have said that with the approval the hospital can have heart testing services patient-ready by late November. The services had not been offered at NRMC since 2007.

Natchez Community Hospital dropped its opposition to the lab in September.

NRMC officials say the lab’s staff has been training at the catheterization lab at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson.

Cardiac catheterization testing scans images of arteries to determine if there is any blockage.

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