Saint Clare's Hospital/Denville, in conjunction with board-certified
interventional cardiologists from our medical staff, offers emergency
coronary angioplasty to patients experiencing acute heart attacks.
Emergency angioplasty is a life-saving procedure designed to open coronary
artery blockages that are impeding proper blood flow to the heart. An
interventional cardiologist inserts a catheter into a patient's coronary
artery, and uses a balloon-like device at the end of the catheter to relieve
the blockage, opening the arteries to restore blood flow.
This procedure has been shown to have superior survival rates. Angioplasty
is commonly performed with stenting, in which the balloon is used to expand
a metal sleeve inside the artery, keeping the artery open and helping
to minimize re-blockage.
Emergency angioplasty is a more effective treatment than traditional drug
therapy treatments. In the past, physicians administered alternative,
sometimes less effective treatments, such as thrombolytic (or "clot-busting")
drugs. Emergency angioplasty enables Saint Clare's physicians to administer
the most effective method of treatment when time is of the utmost importance.