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March 2006

Receiving advanced heart care quickly offers improved outcomes

Heart attack victims are less likely to die in hospitals where angioplasty is the usual emergency treatment rather than clot-destroying drugs, according to a recent study published in the Circulation, and reported in The New York Times.

The research showed in examining the records of 463 hospitals that the group of hospitals that performed angioplasty the most often had a 36 percent lower risk of in-hospital death compared with the group of hospitals that used it least.

Sharon Regional’s Heart Institute has been performing advanced procedures for heart attack patients such as primary and rescue angioplasty since 2000. The Heart Institute is the only facility in Mercer County capable of performing life-saving cardiac procedures such as open-heart surgery, valve surgery, angioplasty, and high-risk cardiac catheterizations.

A person undergoing angioplasty today is more likely to have a successful outcome and less likely to require additional intervention than those who had the artery-opening procedure in the mid-1980s, according to another report in Circulation.

In the second study researchers found that angioplasty procedures to reopen blocked arteries are more than 10 percent more successful today than procedures performed in the mid-80s. And persons who receive the procedures today are 40 percent less likely to require follow-up bypass surgery or an additional angioplasty to re-open their coronary arteries.

The use of drug eluting stents (tiny mesh cylinders used to assist in maintaining an open vessel after angioplasty) may be one reason for the increased success, says James Ryan, M.D., board certified cardiologist and medical director of The Heart Institute. These new stents keep the artery open while at the same time releasing a drug into the vessel wall that reduces scar tissue from forming and re-blocking the vessel.

“The availability of these new stents are one more benefit we’re able to offer area residents who choose Sharon Regional for their heart care,” said Dr. Ryan. “I encourage individuals in our area to find out for themselves what type of advanced heart services are available before they or one of their loved ones need them,” Dr. Ryan added.

“It’s so important for people to know their options, and to understand that The Heart Institute at Sharon Regional is the only facility in Mercer County that offers open heart surgery and other advanced heart procedures right here, close to home.”

For more information about The Heart Institute, please call our Health Information Center at 724-983-5518 or 800-346-7997.



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