The Coronary Intervention program at Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute is staffed by a dedicated team of seasoned cardiologists who first and foremost focus on the needs of individual patients and their families. This team performs 40 or more coronary and vascular procedures a day in a large interventional facility, which has enabled them to develop coronary interventions unequalled at any other institute. When you come to Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute, you are seen by some of the leading cardiologists in the world who lend their vast intellectual experience and many years of technical expertise to your care.
Drawing on more than 100 years of collective experience, Drs. Cohen, Garrat, Iyer, and Wilentz work with patients who have significantly impaired heart function, patients with complex blockages in many - sometimes all - of the major heart arteries, and patients who have technically complicated blockages such as severely calcified and tortuous anatomy. Many patients treated by this group have been turned away from other institutions. Joined by Drs. Reimers, Soffer, Puma, and Campanille, the group takes a collaborative team approach to solving even the most complex artery problems.
As pioneers in a number of innovative interventional procedures, senior members of the group share their vast knowledge and experience in the management of complex coronary problems with their colleagues. The group has the only truly multidisciplinary practice in the region and is able to collaborate with interventional radiologists, neuro-radiologists, and vascular and cardiovascular surgeons to provide the absolute state-of-the-art care to their patients. Dr. Cohen was instrumental in the development of TandemHeart®, a percutaneous left ventricular assist device. Our group now has the world's largest experience using this device, allowing us to perform "ultra high risk" complex coronary intervention not available at most institutions.
Another pivotal area of expertise for the Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Coronary Interventions group is the ability to access blood vessels with maximum safety and minimum discomfort. Drs. Cohen and Garratt are among the world's foremost experts in accessing the arterial tree through the wrist (radial artery) instead of the groin area (femoral artery). This approach offers greater comfort, lower risk, fewer bleeding problems, and reduced recovery time, and has become the preferred access method chosen by many patients at Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute. Drs. Cohen and Garratt perform thousands of angioplasty procedures through radial artery access, making Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute a leading center in the country using this safer approach.
Of course, access to the heart from any of the arm or leg arteries may be problematic for patients with peripheral vascular disease. That's when experience pays off. The extensive experience of the Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute team in managing peripheral vascular disorders gives this group the unique skills needed to gain arterial access even in patients with the most complex vascular disorders. In many cases, the same interventional cardiologist taking care of heart artery blockages will be able to repair problems in arm or leg vessels on their way to the heart or at the time of exit.
For patients who suffer heart attacks, the interventional cardiologists at Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute have world-class experience opening coronary arteries safely, effectively, and rapidly. Time to artery opening is the most critical factor in saving heart muscle and preventing death from heart attack. Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute has consistently the shortest door (emergency room) to open artery time in the region.
In addition to top-flight clinical care, the interventional cardiologists at the Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute are committed to the support of important clinical research into vascular disease, and to the training of other physicians seeking to enhance their understanding of vascular disorders. Each senior member of the Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute participates as a program organizer and lecturer in symposia throughout the world, allowing for constant transmission and updating of clinical and technical advances and updates in coronary interventions. Here at home, this group created the NY ACE Interventional cardiovascular meeting, one of the most prominent educational events for clinical cardiologists in the United States. The meeting is attended by interventional cardiologists throughout the world who come to learn new techniques and skills from the interventional cardiologists at Lenox Hill.
The experienced team of interventional cardiologists is assisted by a staff of committed nurses, technicians, and physician assistants that have the expertise and knowledge gained from the treatment of more than 3,000 patients a year with complex coronary and vascular conditions, and up to 7,000 total invasive coronary and vascular procedures each year. This group of highly dedicated individuals is deeply concerned with your care, keeping you informed and supporting your families throughout the process. The team will make sure you and your family are apprised of progress as you or a loved one undergoes a vascular procedure, and will do their utmost to give you an accurate estimate of the expected time that the procedure may take. The physicians and staff at Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute provide constant feedback so that you and your families are always fully informed.
This team of seasoned cardiologists uses leading-edge imaging technologies, such as the multi-slice CT Angiography and Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS), for the management of complex heart artery disease, including chronically occluded (totally blocked) arteries and severe blockages in patients who have undergone prior bypass graft surgery. They also use specialized equipment to inspect the physiologic properties of heart artery blood flow, which helps clarify when a narrowing really needs angioplasty. The interventional cardiologists at Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute have access to the most advanced interventional devices available to assure each patient gets state-of-the-art care.
The Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute's interventional cardiologists are known throughout the state, the country, and the world. The teams take a collaborative care approach, each sharing vital information with the other to ensure that you have the best care available.
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