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Aventura Hospital Expands Cardiovascular and Stroke Care Services With New Endovascular Lab and Structural Heart Intervention Program

AVENTURA, January, 2010 -- As part of Aventura Hospital’s continued commitment to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients and vascular disease patients Aventura Hospital and Medical Center recently opened a new Endovascular Lab.  Located within the Cardiac and Vascular Catheterization Laboratory, this new specialized room allows physicians to fight life-threatening vascular disease using state-of-the-art treatment for non-cardiac vascular conditions such as clogged, collapsed or compressed blood vessels. 

Endovascular Intervention is a minimally invasive procedure in which the physician inserts a catheter through the blood vessels and, using advanced imaging technology, guides the catheter through the blood vessel to the exact necessary location in order to clean and clear out the blocked vessel using stent implantation, balloon angioplasty, atherectomy, endografting, laser angioplasty, thrombolysis, and other specialized devises.

 The new endovascular lab is the fifth specialty room within the Cardiac and Vascular Catheterization Lab.  Each room is adaptable for a variety of cases and designed like an operating room, providing the option to combine endovascular or cardiac intervention procedures together with open heart and vascular surgeries, when necessary.  The increased capacity within the Cath Lab also allows for more patients to be treated at once.
In addition to building a new Endovascular Lab, Aventura Hospital announces their new “Structural and Adult Congenital Heart Program”. Spearheaded by Dr. Robert J. Cubeddu, expert interventionalist, the program uses minimally invasive catheter techniques to diagnose and treat a number of important heart conditions to avoid patients the need for open heart surgery. The procedure involves advancing small catheters through the major blood vessels, from the leg groin to the heart, after making a small 1cm incision with local anesthesia.

This innovative treatment provides new options for patients who may otherwise be considered inoperable or too high-risk for conventional surgery.  Additionally, many other heart conditions may now be treated with this novel transcatheter technology, including congenital heart defects and cardiac stroke-related problems.

“We have achieved a lot since the initial launch of our Cardiovascular Program,” stated Heather J. Rohan, Chief Executive Officer, “During that time we received Chest Pain Accreditation with PCI by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, we became the first hospital in Dade County to achieve the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award for our excellent adherence to nationally accepted guidelines for stroke care, and we have introduced a number of new emergency room treatments for our stroke and heart disease patients.  With the introduction of our Endovascular Lab and our Structural Heart Intervention Program, we continue to stand on the cutting edge of quality cardiovascular care.”

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