April 28, 2010 - Cayuga Medical Center announced today it received approval on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, from the New York Department of Health to perform interventional cardiology in Ithaca.
Interventional cardiology is a method of reopening a closed coronary artery due to blockage - it is a procedure that minimizes risk and improves recovery rates. This approval follows CMC's goal to offer the best cardiology to local residents. Before this approval, patients requiring interventional cardiology were forwarded to medical centers like Rochester Heart Institute (RHI), a prestigious cardiac care facility. CMC regularly collaborates with RHI on patient's coronary diagnostics, treatments, and in monitoring industry trends. This relationship directly benefits local residents who require cardiac care by providing top-notch care without leaving the community.
"Being able to bring percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI, balloon angioplasty, cardiac stenting) to Tompkins County is indeed a "game-changer." This program will increase the quality of care we provide to heart attack victims, strengthen our relationship with our EMS community, bring new expertise and capability to our medical staff, improve our ability to recruit other specialists, and help us achieve our mission "to deliver the highest quality health care," said Dr. Rob Mackenzie, President, and CEO of Cayuga Medical Center.
The new interventional cardiology service, known as percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), begins when a cardiac catheter is inserted into the bloodstream to detect the blocked coronary artery. This catheter carries a balloon that that widens the blocked artery, often requiring a stent to sustain the reopening. The stent is a mesh metal scaffold wrapped tightly around the balloon on a wire. Once the balloon is inflated, the stent expands. The expanded stent imbeds in the plaque on the artery wall and holds the vessel open, allowing restored blood flow to the area below the heart blockage. Few rural New York medical centers offer this interventional cardiology, making CMC a leader in central New York cardiology.