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St. Mary's performs 100,000th cardiac catheterization

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

A Mid-Michigan medical center hit a major milestone in cardiac care.

St. Mary's performed its 100,000th cardiac catheterization Thursday morning. Bernard Nelson, former educator from Caro, was the patient.

He received a big cake, balloons and some roses. The procedure was his fourth at the hospital.

"I had the first one in 2005, so 11 years ago," Nelson said.

According to the American Heart Association, cardiac catheterization is a procedure to examine how well your heart is working. A thin, hollow tube called a catheter is inserted into a large blood vessel that leads to your heart.

Catheterizations aren't as bad as they sound. The procedure has been improved over the past few years.

"It goes just fine. They do it now through the wrist rather than the groin and it's less invasive and you can leave the same day that you have the test," said Dr. John Collins, cardiologist.

St. Mary's performed their first cardiac catheter in 1975. They perform about 2,500 coronary cath and interventions a year.

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