The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory:
Outstanding Performance and Professional Accolades
When a patient faces the need for a cardiac procedure, one of the best ways to choose a center is to look at its track record. Studies show that outcomes for heart attack patients are best in hospitals that have a high volume of patients who also receive emergency cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, and stent placement by skilled interventional cardiologists. In New York City, that means the Cardiac Catheterization Lab directed by Samin K. Sharma, MD, Professor of Cardiology.
Dr. Sharma, Mount Sinai Physician of the Year in 2007, has long been a leader in the field of diagnostic catheterization and interventional cardiology.
In 2009, the team at Mount Sinai Heart's cardiac catheterization lab performed more than 5,800 interventional procedures, more than any other facility in New York State. Dr. Sharma holds the singular distinction of being the nation's most experienced interventional cardiologist. Dr. Sharma and the lab's Associate Director, Annapoorna Kini, MD, Associate Professor of Cardiology, were awarded New York State's highest rating for their stellar safety record, which is significantly better than the statewide average.
The catheterization lab has gained widespread recognition for safely performing rotational atherectomies, a challenging procedure used to clear the arteries of calcified lesions with a miniscule rotating blade. The device is used before other procedures, such as balloon valvuloplasty and stent placement, can be performed.
Mastering the Most Challenging Cases
Every month, regional hospitals trust Mount Sinai Heart with dozens of their most complicated cases. Many patients travel long distances to take advantage of our expertise.
The catheterization lab is located on the fifth floor of the Guggenheim Pavilion on the Mount Sinai campus. The lab consists of four adult catheterization rooms, one pediatric room, one biopsy room, and two electrophysiology suites. The lab maintains a separate space in which heart biopsies are performed.
Since a heart attack doesn't wait for business hours, our cardiac catheterization lab never closes. Cardiac catheterizations are performed around the clock, seven days a week.
Sharing Knowledge Worldwide
Part of Mount Sinai Heart's mission is to share our expertise with the rest of the world. To that end, the cardiac catheterization laboratory sponsors a yearly symposium. Physicians from around the globe come to observe live cases broadcast on video in real time.
To reach those who cannot attend in person, the catheterization lab has created a website and iPhone app, Complex Coronary Live Cases, which streams live, narrated interventional procedures once a month in real time. The videos remain available to view for free indefinitely.
Continuity of Care and Community Outreach
Our highly experienced team of emergency room doctors, interventional cardiologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, and technicians, prides itself on its efficient and caring environment. Mount Sinai Heart doctors work with a wide network of community physicians so that patients, home from the hospital, get the support they need to maintain heart health.