Minimally Invasive Cardiac Procedure Sees Reduced Mortality Rate for Fifth Straight Year

Mount Sinai Hospital's Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory has continued success in lowering the rate of in-hospital mortality following percutaneous coronary interventions.

New York, NY
 – March 8, 2010 /Press Release/  –– 

For the fifth consecutive year, The Mount Sinai Hospital Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory succeeded in lowering the rate of in-hospital mortality and serious complications following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). This continuous decline has occurred alongside a steadily increasing patient volume.

"We’re No. 1 because we have a very high patient volume with an unprecedented patient outcome rate," says Samin K. Sharma, MD, Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. "The impressive results can also be attributed to exceptional teamwork."

PCI is a minimally invasive technique used to treat patients with diseased coronary arteries caused by a buildup of plaque and cholesterol. During the procedure, a catheter is threaded from an artery in the groin to an occluded vessel in the heart, and a stent is usually inserted to open up the blockage.

Data collected by the New York State Department of Health show that deaths from PCI decreased from .26 percent in 2005 to .16 percent in 2009, an unprecedented success considering the type of complex cases Mount Sinai physicians routinely treat, Dr. Sharma says. The recent data also illustrate that other complications of PCI, such as heart attack, urgent coronary bypass surgery, and stroke, decreased between 2008 and 2009. The number of catheterization procedures, including PCIs, also rose during that timeframe, an overall increase in volume from 16,215 to 18,348 between 2008 and 2009.

Dr. Sharma and Annapoorna S. Kini, MD, Associate Director of the Catheterization Laboratory, attribute the outstanding outcomes data to Mount Sinai’s reputation for delivering superior cardiovascular care to the technical experience of interventionalists. The hospital’s first-class outreach programs and affiliate partnerships, as well as patient education programs, also increase quality of care.

"Our team is able to dispense top-notch care to cardiac patients at Mount Sinai by rapid completion of patient procedures, attention to minute details of patient care, establishing protocols by team work, and an open discussion policy among clinical staff," Dr. Sharma adds.

Patients treated at Mount Sinai experience better overall outcomes — a lower incidence of major complications — compared with other hospitals in the nation. Of 5,078 patients who underwent PCI at Mount Sinai, 5,070 went home, Dr. Sharma says.

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