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St. Mary Medical Center Opens New Cardiovascular Catheterization Labs Reaffirming Role as a Regional Leader in Cardiovascular Medicine
Date:2/17/2009

New procedure rooms offer faster and more accurate diagnosis and treatment.

LANGHORNE, Pa., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- St. Mary Medical Center today announces the completion of its state-of-the-art procedure rooms in a completely new cardiovascular catheterization suite. Now located on the second level of the Outpatient Care Facility, the newly constructed area will open with three fully functional state-of-the-art catheterization labs (cath labs) and 14 patient preparation and recovery rooms. A fourth catheterization lab will open in spring 2009. To date, nearly 40,000 cardiovascular catheterizations have been performed at St. Mary, making the Medical Center's interventional cardiovascular team one of the region's most experienced. St. Mary opened the first cardiac catheterization lab in Bucks County in 1991. Patient volume at the St. Mary cath labs has increased more than 88 percent since 1999 when the labs were last expanded. The addition of a fourth catheterization lab will position St. Mary to better meet the growing need in the community for life-saving cardiovascular procedures.

"The nearly 4,000 catheterizations that the cardiovascular team at St. Mary performs each year is significant, and that number is expected to increase as the population continues to age and heart disease continues to be the nation's most common health problem," notes Medical Director of the St. Mary Cardiovascular Catheterization Laboratories Dr. Ronald Fields. "By adding these new procedure rooms St. Mary is equipping our physicians, nurses, technicians, and support staff with the most advanced technology to complement our extensive experience."

The most common procedures performed in the cath lab to identify and treat the narrowing of heart and peripheral blood vessels include diagnostic catheterizations, balloon angioplasty, and stent placement. In many cases, catheter-based interventions are a safe and effectiv
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