FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 7, 2007
Arcadia, Calif. – Heart disease is the number one cause of death in America today, and 50 percent of those who have a first-time heart attack will die because of it. These simple statistics are the reason Methodist Hospital of Southern California has focused on building one of the most vital, technologically- and medically-advanced cardiology programs in the Los Angeles area.
In addition to the skill and expertise of the doctors and staff, the hospital’s cardiac catheterization labs (cath labs) play an important role in the fight against this deadly disease. There will be a dedication ceremony for a new cath lab—one of three in the hospital—on May 8 at 4:30.
“The most important factor in surviving a heart attack is going to the right hospital,” notes Terrence W. Baruch, M.D., medical director of the cath lab. “Time equals heart muscle—every minute counts during a heart attack. If the hospital can perform an angioplasty during a heart attack, the effect on mortality is profound. We are successful about 95 percent of the time in minimizing the damage done and restoring blood flow to the heart.”
In addition, a new PACS system in the cath lab will allow medical professionals quick and efficient access to information so that heart care is delivered more rapidly.
PACS (picture archiving and communication system) is an information management system that allows doctors to digitally store, retrieve, diagnose and review images of your heart and circulatory system.
Methodist Hospital’s three cath labs, when combined with its other state-of-the-art technology, and highly-skilled doctors and staff, will allow:
- Cardiac patients to undergo comprehensive procedures such as peripheral artery angioplasty and carotid artery stenting, right here in the San Gabriel Valley rather than traveling to Los Angeles
- Cardiologists at Methodist Hospital to treat patients with less invasive treatments using cutting-edge technology and equipment, leading to better outcomes
- Methodist to expand its treatment options by offering many other state-of-the-art procedures, including electrophysiology, 3-D mapping and ablation.
About Methodist Hospital
Methodist Hospital, founded in 1903, is a 460-bed, not-for-profit hospital serving the Central San Gabriel Valley. Services provided include comprehensive acute care such as medical, surgical, perinatal, pediatrics, oncology, intensive care (neonatal and adult), and complete cardiovascular services, including open-heart surgery. Methodist Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.