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(L-R) Beverly Keefer, RN, Director Cardiovascular Service Line, Shelby LeMessurier, District Sales Manager at Cardiovascular Systems, Inc., Dominica Taormina, SLCH Cardiovascular Tech, Theresa Smith, SLCH Cardiovascular Tech, Lisa Lambros-Lyons, RN, Jennifer Parker, RN, Adrienne Hardy, RN, Dr. Anthony Patrello, Medical Director, SLCH Cardiovascular Institute


Newburgh, NY – Adding another cutting-edge procedure to its growing list of services, Dr. Anthony Patrello, Medical Director of the St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Cardiovascular Institute, recently performed the hospital’s first atherectomy to treat a patient suffering from coronary artery blockage.

Dr. Patrello and the SLCH Cardiac Cath Lab team performed the complex procedure utilizing the CSI Diamondback 360 Orbital Atherectomy System, which features a high-speed rotational crown that is coated with microscopic diamond particles. The orbital motion of the crown removes plaque from a diseased artery by sanding it down into tiny pieces.

“Our initial procedure went remarkably well and resulted in the patient being discharged home the very next day,” Dr. Patrello said. “This technology provides us with a tool to treat severely calcified plaque build-up with a minimally-invasive procedure. Atherectomy allows for catheter-based stenting of coronary lesions that would otherwise require open-heart bypass surgery.”

Stenting severe calcification in coronary blood vessels is often difficult because of the inability to fully dilate the balloon used prior to the placement of the stent. A stent that cannot be fully expanded increases the risk of clotting around the stent (thrombosis) and the affected area narrowing again after the treatment (restenosis). Orbital atherectomy allows for these calcifications to be drilled away before placing the stent, which can provide better post-procedure outcomes.

The Cardiovascular Institute at St. Luke’s Cornwall is committed to maintaining heart health by providing quality care with coordinated follow-up appointments and communication between referring physicians, cardiologists and the interventional cardiologists. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. It claims more than 450,000 lives each year. More than one-third of all Americans have heart disease, transcending age, race and socioeconomic status.

About St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital 
St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) is a not-for-profit community hospital with campuses in Newburgh and Cornwall, NY. The hospital is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the Hudson Valley and has achieved excellence in the delivery of compassionate and comprehensive health care services. The Joint Commission noted SLCH for excellence in Key Quality Measures in the management of Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Stroke and Surgical Care. SLCH is also recognized as an industry leader in using information technology to improve patient care, by winning the Most Wired Award for the fourth year in a row. In January 2018, SLCH officially became part of the Montefiore Health System to strengthen the delivery of health care locally and enhance access to exceptional specialty care for Hudson Valley residents.