East Texas Physician Performs a Medical First

An East Texas hospital has unveiled yet another first in heart care. Woodland Heights Medical Center in Lufkin performed the first implantation of the cardioveter defibrillator.

The high-tech device is a wireless heart failure monitor that continuously tracks the status of heart patients. The information is transmitted in as little as three minutes via pager, cell phone, Internet or fax.

It allows a physician to automatically monitor a patient's improvement or decline before ending up in the emergency room.

Friday was Dr. Vic Mangla's second day on the job. He performed the two-hour procedure on a fellow physician.