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Cadiovascular program one of few in state

February 25, 2004

Albany- Lindsay Snow lost her grandfather to heart disease.

Now she's studying to be a cardiovascular technologist where she will spend her career helping people with heart problems.

"It's something that's always been important to me. Heart disease runs in my family and it's something I wanted to find out more about and help people prevent," Snow said.

More men and women in America die of heart disease than any other disease.

"For some reason or another, the general population feels that coronary artery disease is simply an old man's disease. And that's not true," Williams said.

That's creating more of a need for people to help treat the patients. Darton has the only cardiovascular program in Georgia's University System. This is the first year for program. The students learn how to do echocardiograms and how to do invasive procedures with a catheter through a vein. The demand for these specialists is growing.

"Not only here in South Georgia, but nationwide," Williams said. "The U.S. Department of Labor is expecting the growth of cardiotechnologist to be between 21 and 35 percent through the year 2010."

Snow hopes her work will keep others from having the same experience.

"Help other people prevent the disease and try to not have the loss that I had with my grandfather."

posted at 10:47 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com