Elective Angioplasty - A Matter of the Heart
Over the past few years, physicians and researchers have been gathering evidence that has shifted the paradigm for advanced cardiac care. Bolstered by the results of the Atlantic Cardiovascular Patient Outcome Research Team (C-PORT) trial, which Good Samaritan was a part of during 2001-2007, many experts now believe that primary emergency angioplasty is the preferred method for treating patients experiencing an acute heart attack. As one of only a handful of community hospitals to participate in this study, Good Samaritan is the right choice for cardiac care.
Angioplasty involves the insertion of a catheter, introduced through a small incision in the arm or leg, into a blocked coronary artery. Once in place, a balloon at the tip of the catheter is inflated to open the blockage. Often, a metallic mesh cage, called a stent, is deployed and left in place to prevent the artery from narrowing.
Traditionally, only those hospitals with open-heart surgery programs were approved to offer angioplasty. Good Samaritan began performing angioplasty as part of the prestigious C-PORT research trial, led by Thomas Aversano, MD, at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Results of this study, which have been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed that angioplasty was proven to be more than 95% effective in treating certain types of heart attacks and was most effective when performed as soon as possible after the onset of symptoms.
After almost six years of performing primary angioplasty with an exceptional track record, Good Samaritan was recently approved by New York state to take its cardiology services to the next level. The hospital has been chosen as one of seven community hospitals in New York without on-site cardiac surgery, and one of only two in Suffolk County, to offer this procedure on an elective basis. This now allows patients who are not in immediate need of this life-saving procedure to schedule it at a future date within a trusted hospital close to home.
Since 2001, the hospital’s cardiologists have performed more than 6,000 cardiac catheterization procedures and more than 550 coronary angioplasties on heart attack patients. The hospital's extraordinary level of excellence is undoubtedly related to the highly trained staff of the Division of Cardiology, which includes registered cardiovascular invasive specialists, critical care registered nurses and board certified interventional cardiologists.
Good Samaritan is the only community hospital in the region to offer all of the following services: