St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital was among the first in the region to offer emergency and elective angioplasty. Angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that uses a catheter and small balloon to open an artery to restore blood flow to the heart. Approximately one in five patients who come in for diagnostic treatment requires angioplasty.SLCH also offers peripheral angioplasty. This procedure is used to treat blockages in arteries in the lower abdomen, kidneys, arms, legs or feet. It is performed using a catheter and a balloon to expand a narrowed artery. Stents are often used to help keep an artery opened.
The Center for Cardiac Care performs post-cardiac-arrest cardiac hypothermia, a cutting-edge cooling procedure that preserves brain function in cardiac-arrest patients. Therapeutic hypothermia is recognized by the American Heart Association as the gold standard in cardiac-arrest care and reduces the possibility of permanent brain damage and tissue injury following a period of insufficient blood flow.