At The Heart Institute, we offer:
Our team includes board-certified interventional cardiologists, electrophysiologists (EP physicians), cardiac nurses and technicians. We perform an average of 600 interventions and 1,600-2,000 cardiac catheterizations each year.
Radial Artery Access
About 75 percent of our catheterizations are done using radial artery access. An interventional cardiologist places a catheter in the radial artery in your wrist instead of in the femoral artery in your groin.
Radial artery access offers you many advantages which include less bleeding, fewer complications and a shorter hospital stay. You will be able to get out of bed and walk around soon after the procedure.
Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)
PCI, also called balloon angioplasty, is a procedure that opens narrowed or clogged coronary arteries without surgery. A metal structure (stent) is placed to hold the artery open. This procedure prevents a heart attack by restoring the free flow of blood to your heart. If your cardiologist finds a blockage in your coronary artery during a diagnostic catheterization, PCI is often performed at the same time.
Fast Track STEMI Care (Door-to-Balloon Care)
The faster you receive treatment, the better your chances of surviving ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), a common type of heart attack. Doylestown Hospital is a STEMI referring center. We are accredited by the American Heart Association's Mission: Lifeline® as a STEMI receiving center. This means you receive the highest level of STEMI care.
Because every second counts, we transmit data from the field. In the ambulance, the emergency medical services team uses an electrocardiogram (EKG) to test your heart’s electrical activity. They send the results to our team at the hospital. Once you arrive, we confirm that the EKG is a STEMI. We move you out of the emergency room and into one of our four cath labs as quickly as possible.
In, our door-to-balloon time averages 52 minutes which is 38 minutes faster than the national standard. “Door-to-balloon time” is the time between when you arrive at the hospital and when we open your blocked artery with an angioplasty balloon. We have recorded door-to-balloon times as low as 23 minutes.
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)
Our Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) program is extensive. This is for patients who have severe symptomatic aortic stenosis (narrowing of the aortic valve opening) and cannot have traditional open chest surgery.
Endovascular Stent Grafting for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms
An endovascular stent graft is a fabric tube (graft) supported by a metal structure (stent). It is used to reinforce a weak spot (aneurysm) in an artery. The stent graft seals your artery above and below the aneurysm. This allows your blood to pass through the stent without pushing on the bulge. This is a newer form of treatment for aneurysms. It is done with the use of a catheter and does not require surgery.
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