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    • The Center holds the distinction of maintaining a door to balloon rate of under 70 minutes. This is below the national standard of 90 minutes recommended by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. These extra minutes are critical to mitigating damage to the heart muscle and improving the outcome for the patient.

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    Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory

    The Center for Cardiovascular Health has moved beyond many of its peers in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. It boasts the largest catheterization labs on Long Island, all fully equipped with the latest in diagnostic and interventional medical devices. It was the first New York State Department of Health-approved laboratory on the south shore of Nassau County.

    The Center's labs handle a full range of coronary, valvular, and vascular percutaneous interventions. The most common of these interventions is angioplasty, wherein surgeons thread a catheter with an inflatable balloon at the end into an artery and guide it to the location where the blockage exists. The balloon inflates and pushes arterial plaque against the artery wall, thus reinstituting normal blood flow.

    arterial stentStents are often used with angioplasty. Many angioplasties need to be performed on an emergency basis, when the patient presents at the emergency room or is referred by their physician. It is in these situations when the cardiovascular team at the Center for Cardiovascular Health truly excels.

    The GE fluoroscope is one of the most technologically-advanced diagnostic tools in our Catheterization Labs and it is leading to better outcomes for our patients and to enhanced recovery. It allows physicians at our Center to perform intravascular ultrasound for the most accurate diagnosis of an arterial blockage and placement of a stent, if indicated. After inserting a catheter, the physician is able to view the heart vessels in real time. Further, this dynamic diagnostic tool provides the physician with the fractional flow reserve – a measurement of pressure exerted upon the vessel by the lesion or blockage. The results of this measurement and the virtual viewing of the condition of the vessel enable our physicians to determine the most appropriate treatments for patients.

    In some cases, this means an angioplasty, and in other cases, it means the avoidance of open heart surgery, which is a much more intense invasive procedure that carries greater risks and lengthened recovery time.

    For more information on these procedures, or to make an appointment, please call (516) 632-3670.

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