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Wheeling Hospital unveils new technology to attack silent killer

Wheeling Hospital is home to some new technology and a new 24/7 team to attack what is known as a silent killer.

Wheeling Hospital is home to some new technology and a new 24/7 team to attack what is known as a silent killer.

It’s a new service called "PERT," the pulmonary embolism response team. It uses the latest technology to quickly treat Pulmonary Embolism, or PE, a blood clot that occurs in pulmonary arteries.

Each year, as many as 900,000 Americans are affected by PE, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths.

On-call PERT team members will be able to use the recently purchased Ekosonic Endovascular System to save lives.

Doctors say it's the best technology available to treat PE, making this a milestone for Wheeling Hospital's cardiovascular team.

“These patients don't need to be transferred out of the Wheeling area anymore,” said PERT Director Dr. Gregory Suero, an interventional cardiologist. “Those patients can be safely treated here. Not only can we take care of the problem, but we can do it with the top-notch technology, the latest technology around, and do it in a very safe way.”

Doctors and members of the new PERT team are excited to offer this life-saving treatment, locally, so patients won't have to travel to Pittsburgh and risk precious time when treating PE.

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