Specialties & Treatments
Western Wyoming Medical specializes in cardiovascular and outpatient surgical services, offering treatment and procedures from our facility located in Lander, Wyoming.
Our acclaimed and experienced team offers world-class medical service and care—more accessible than ever before for patients located in rural communities.
Why choose us?
Our choice of location and our approach to care are significantly defined by our unique understanding of the Western Wyoming climate and lifestyle—making us more in tune with you and your needs than other larger urban care providers.
We’re partnering with local clinics to create continuity across each patient’s healthcare experience, empowering our patients to have an active, confident role in their treatment from start to finish.
Outpatient Surgical Services
Outpatient Services at Western Wyoming Medical provide an integrated multidisciplinary care for patients with cardiac and vascular diseases. We offer:
- 5 days per week access to our cardiovascular center.
- Advanced cardiac catheterization laboratory procedures for evaluation and treatment of heart and vascular diseases.
- New innovative treatment strategies like radial artery catheterization and stent implantation (implanting stents in the heart arteries through artery at the wrist).
- Access for specialized management for chronic diseases like heart failure, hypertension and peripheral arterial disease.
- Inpatient care through our dedicated staff at our partner facilities.
Coronary & Vascular Interventions
Interventions are common medical procedures that can be used to open blocked or narrowed coronary (heart) arteries. The procedure improves blood flow to the heart muscle, and may improve the following:
- CHD including Angina (chest pain or discomfort) or shortness of breath
- Reduce damage to the heart muscle caused by a heart attack
- Reduce the risk of death in some patients
Ultrasound & Imaging Procedures
Ultrasound is a safe, painless procedure that uses sound waves to examine the blood flow through the carotid arteries.
Carotid ultrasound tests for blocked or narrowed carotid arteries, which can increase the risk of stroke. The results can help us determine a treatment to lower your stroke risk.
Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have emerged as imaging options for noninvasive evaluation of the heart.
Coronary CT angiography (CCTA) represents an examination which visualizes the presence and extent of coronary artery disease (CAD) in a noninvasive procedure.
Telehealth & COVID-19
In an effort to help mitigate the spread of Coronavirus, there has been a tremendous shift towards telehealth by healthcare providers—specifically those practicing in remote locations. In countries with appropriate infrastructure, this evolving healthcare field has been adopted at an ever-increasing pace.
While this technology has already been in use for some time, its endorsement has been relatively slow in areas including Wyoming. These reasons for slower adoption range from anxiety stemming from “trying something new”, connectivity issues, availability of services, provider adoption, or that the illness is simply too severe to treat remotely.
The COVID-19 crisis is shedding light on the realization that this is a critical type of technology, and one that is easily deployed across a wide range of healthcare settings and patient homes. Within certain home health realms including assisted living facilities and senior housing, certain technologies are incredibly easy to implement and to train staff, in many instances leading to utilization of equipment within an hour or two.
While many monitoring companies fall short of an actual provider, medical staff, and patient needs, there are many comprehensive technologies that enable complete care for all involved.
One example of these technologies is the Pulsario Heart Management System. Pulsario not only performs patient monitoring, it also utilizes a precision medicine model, computer-assisted medication adjustments, as well as patient and provider education to maximize an individual’s therapy and to achieve optimal success.
This comprehensive solution gives providers access to the latest clinical trials and guidelines, advances in medical therapy, as well as vital statistics and medical conditions to that precise medical decisions can be made and subsequently offered to patients.
Despite the life-saving capabilities of this technology, the seemingly slow adoption of its services is in part due to a lack of clarity around the differentiation of “telehealth” versus “telemedicine”.
Cardiovascular Disease is the number one cause of death in 19 of 23 counties in Wyoming, and second on the list for the remaining four.
Download a summary here discussing how telehealth capabilities and the Pulsario Remote Heart Management System are shaping the future of predicting, preventing, and treating cardiovascular diseases.
While traditional “telemedicine” is comprised mostly of teleconferencing between patients and healthcare providers, the word “telehealth” is meant to encompass all forms of distance health care including wearable health, store and forward programs, educational apps on phones or tablets, and remote patient management technology (such as the Pulsario Heart Management System).
With a wide array of available technology, there truly are exceptional ways to combat the social distancing and individual quarantine requirements that we currently face. Patients are able to stay safe and receive effective treatment—providers can stay safe and deliver this effective treatment. Hospitals and other healthcare facilities can provide a service to both patient and provider with coordination of care via telehealth—helping to mitigate the burden on the healthcare system.
Expect the utilization of these life-saving, time-saving, and money-saving technologies to grow rapidly over the next several months—and anticipate the persistence of these means of delivering healthcare for years to come.
As COVID-19, changing regulations, and future capabilities make these technologies more and more prevalent in healthcare regimens, expect top-of-the-line patient care and thorough answers to all of your questions from your team of dedicated healthcare providers as we begin to utilize these new technologies. These tools may just save your life or the life of a loved one!