Since 1973, the Jackson Heart Clinic has been leading central Mississippi with state-of-the-art cardiovascular care. The founders were James C. Hays, M.D., James L. Crosthwait, M.D., and Quinton H. Dickerson, M.D. These physicians were also instrumental in the formation of the Mississippi Heart Institute and opening of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at St. Dominic Memorial Hospital. Hays and Dickerson are still with the clinic where there are now 125 employees, including board certified physicians covering all realms of specialties.
Looking back, Hays said, “The best interest of the patient is the only interest to be considered. This is one of my favorite quotes that I have practiced from the beginning. The focus of JHC has been on improving the general and cardiovascular health of patients. Fortunately, the clinic has physicians who are intelligent, care for patients, and are always looking for ways to improve. We consider it a huge compliment for a patient to choose us to care for his/her cardiovascular needs.”
As with any medical profession, the governing bodies require continuing medical education to keep abreast of the latest cardiovascular advances. “JHC physicians also keep up with their sub specialty education training on an annual basis,” said Russell Young, M.D. “Information flows rapidly with technology. Updates occur daily. Often, we spend more time refuting studies that hit the media.”
The research department at Jackson Heart Clinic has clinical trials that not only help personnel keep up to date with the latest procedures but also help with the development of new technology. This department is devoted to helping discover new treatments and medical devices related to cardiovascular disease. “Our physicians and staff believe that research plays a vital role in healthcare today. We are involved in several clinical trials, including investigational device studies, post-approval studies and registries,” said Janet Humphreys, R.N., B.S.N. and senior research coordinator. “All of these clinical trials are helping us stay on the cutting edge of the new technology that is rapidly being developed.”
The personnel of JHC are encouraged that Mississippi’s status as the state with the highest number of people with cardiovascular disease is improving. “Yes, we see it every day. Prevention is a huge key factor and is discussed more and more,” said Russell Young, M.D.
“You see more Mississippians who are aware of what they are eating, how much they are exercising, and aware of and if heart disease runs in the family tree.”
At Jackson Heart Clinic diet is stressed as a way of controlling risks for cardiovascular disease.
“In terms of risks factor modification, non-pharmacological methods — such as proper diet and exercise — remain the bedrock of the foundation in which we lower risks,” Young said. “At Jackson Heart Clinic, regular counseling is offered by our lipid clinic and other clinical nurses. The lipid clinic offers a series of educational classes for high risk patients.”
In 2009 Jackson Heart Clinic established the Jackson Heart Foundation to help lead the fight against heart disease in the local community through education, prevention, and early detection. “Jackson Heart Clinic knows the importance of increased awareness and education of the number one disease that so profoundly effects our state,” Hays said.
Procedures available at Jackson Heart Clinic include cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology, percutaneous coronary interventions, peripheral vascular catheterization or intervention, transcatheter aortic valve replacement, and venous reflux study and treatment of varicose veins.
Diagnostic testing includes cardiac ultrasound imaging, computed tomography angiography, doppler studies, electrocardiograms, exercise stress testing, nuclear cardiac imaging and outpatient telemetry monitoring.
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