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For the unhealthy heart

Dear Editor:I’m writing in response to Dr. Michael Marek’s July 14 letter to the editor. Dr. Marek speaks (having been questioned by Aspen visitors and residents) of the feasibility of having the necessary emergency heart catheterization equipment, facility, and personnel in Aspen. I can’t think of a better time for this issue to arise and Dr. Malek’s letter to be published. Valley View Hospital is in the final stages of completing their heart and vascular center. Upon opening in November, it will be equipped with a heart catheterization lab, six CCU [critical care unit] beds and 4 step-down beds, cardiac rehabilitation facilities, and a heli-stop for emergency transport to Grand Junction and/or Denver.With heart disease as the leading cause of death in our country, Valley View Hospital is responding to the needs of our community and surrounding area. The team of highly-trained physicians and technical staff will be in place to answer each emergency call, 24/7. Just as Dr. Marek suggested, we need a medical facility nearby that offers this service. The heart and vascular center at Valley View Hospital offers just what we need.PJ JaycoxEl Jebel