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Cardiologist to present program at second in Reid Heart Center series

| Date Posted: 4/15/2011

Peter L. Duffy, M.D.

Peter L. Duffy, M.D.

PINEHURST – The way physicians diagnose and treat heart disease has changed over the years. On Thursday, April 21, Peter L. Duffy, M.D., a cardiologist with Pinehurst Cardiology Consultants, will talk about these changes.

Dr. Duffy’s presentation is the second in a five-part educational series focusing on the services of the new Reid Heart Center: The FirstHealth Cardiac & Vascular Institute. The program will get under way at 6 p.m. in the Reid Heart Center, which is located at 120 Page Road North, between Highway 211 and Memorial Drive, on the Moore Regional Hospital campus.

In his presentation, Dr. Duffy will focus on modern technology and how it has changed the way cardiologists diagnose and treat heart disease from the initial history and physical exam to testing that may include EKG, labs, cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology. He will speak specifically on all theses areas and conclude with information on the use of the radial artery approach in the cath lab and the promise of non-surgical aortic valve replacement. Both are the result of new technology in the treatment of heart disease.

Dr. Duffy is one of the founding members of Pinehurst Cardiology Consultants. He earned his medical degree from New York Medical College and completed his cardiology fellowship at Georgetown University Medical School and the Washington, D.C., Veterans Administration Hospital. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases and in the subspecialty in interventional cardiology.

His areas of expertise include chest pain evaluation, heart attack care, cardiac catheterization and coronary angioplasty including stent replacement and rotational atherectomy.

The third program in the Reid Heart Center series will be held on Thursday, May 19, and will feature Clinton K. Atkinson, M.D., and Joel Berman, M.D., vascular surgeons with Pinehurst Surgical. They will speak on the topic “Is Your Blood Flowing Like It Should? Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and Peripheral Artery Disease.”

The two concluding programs in the series are as follows:

  • Thursday, June 9, “Shopping for Quality Heart Surgery: What Hospitals Measure and Why,” Art Edgerton, M.D., heart surgeon, FirstHealth Cardiovascular and Thoracic Center
  • Thursday, June 30, “Valve Disease: So You Think You Have a Heart Murmur,” Peter Ellman, M.D., heart surgeon, FirstHealth Cardiovascular and Thoracic Center

Each program in the Reid Heart Center series begins at 6 p.m. There is no charge, but registration is required.

Anyone who is interested in any of these programs can call (910) 715-1478 or (800) 213-3284 toll-free for more information. Registration is also available online at

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