Winthrop's cardiac care program, widely
known for the skill of its interventional
cardiologists and cardiac surgeons,
excellent patient care and exceedingly
low mortality rates, once again has
received high marks from New York
State's Department of Health (DOH).
In its latest (2001-2003 cycle)
review of angioplasties -- also known
as Percutaneous Coronary Interventions
(PCI) -- the DOH reported that
Winthrop's Interventional Cardiology
Program had the lowest risk-adjusted
mortality rate (0.38%) on Long Island
for all emergency and non-emergency
angioplasties -- a rate significantly
below the statewide average.
The two most common procedures
performed on coronary artery disease
patients are PCI and coronary artery
bypass surgery, for which Winthrop
also scored the highest rating of any
downstate New York hospital in the
State's latest (2003) report.
What is PCI?
During a PCI procedure, a catheter
is threaded up to the site of a blockage
in a coronary artery. In conjunction
with the catheter, devices such as balloons and stents are used to reopen the
blockage and restore normal bloodflow
to the heart. Winthrop's interventional
cardiologists performed more than
4,500 PCIs between 2001 and 2003.
"We are very proud of the consistently excellent results we've had over
the past few years," said Kevin Marzo,
MD, Chief of Winthrop's Division of
Cardiology and Director of the Cardiac
Catheterization Laboratory. "Demand
for our services has increased, and
our new cardiac catheterization lab
will help us remain at the forefront of
cardiology and blood vessel care
throughout the region."
To meet the growing needs of
Long Islanders with heart disease and
blood vessel disorders, Winthrop
recently opened its fourth cardiac
catheterization laboratory in the
Miller Interventional Cardiology
Pavilion. An unusual resource, this
state-of-the-art facility permits both
cardiac and vascular procedures to
be performed in the same space.
"Most hospital cath labs are used
only for heart procedures like angioplasties," explained Dr. Marzo. "Our
new lab gives us extraordinary flexibility and lets us maximize technology
to benefit even more patients."
The new laboratory features one
of the most advanced imaging systems, which produces incredible
resolution of real-time images. They
allow cardiologists to see tiny details
more clearly, permitting them to perform these delicate procedures more
safely and skillfully than ever.
Winthrop's interventional cardiologists, who recently earned the
HealthGrades(R)2005 Cardiac Care
Excellence Award, have established a
solid reputation for expertise in evaluating the extent of heart damage
and for using innovative, non-surgical
methods to keep arteries free of
"We are very proud of our cardiac
care team's skill, experience and talent," said Daniel P. Walsh, Winthrop's
President and Chief Executive Officer.
"Our highest priority is providing superior quality care in a welcoming and
world-class environment, and the
State's recognition validates our efforts."
For more information about
Winthrop's cardiac care and vascular
services, call the Institute for Heart
Care, 1-800-443-2788 or visit